Somalia

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INFORMATION

Capital: Mogadishu

Government: Federal Parliamentary Government

Current President: Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed

Economy:

  • Informal economy largely based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies, and telecommunications.
  • Agriculture is the most important sector with livestock normally accounting for about 40% of GDP and more than 50% of export earnings.
  • Principle exports include: livestock, hides, fish, charcoal, and bananas.

Population: 12,316,895 (2014)

Land Size: 637,657 sq km (246,201 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Somali: 85%
  • Bantu and other non-Somali: 15% (including 30,000 Arabs)
Religions:

  • Sunni Muslim

Language(s):

  • Somali (official)
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • English

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RECENT NEWS

  • Sat - Mar 25, 2017: Three Somaliland Journalists Detained in One Week - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [CPJ] Somaliland Security Forces on February 202017, arrested Mohamed Baashe Hassan, a journalist for the independent broadcaster Star TV, in Hargeisa, the capital of the semi-autonomous region.
  • Fri - Mar 24, 2017: Car Bomb Blast Heard in Mogadishu - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Shabelle] A powerful blast believed to be a car bomb just heard around central hotel in Mogadishu, becoming the second attack in a day.
  • Fri - Mar 24, 2017: Car Bomb Kills 1, Injures 2 in Mogadishu - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Shabelle] A police official says a car bomb blast near a restaurant and hotel in Somalia's capital has killed at least one person and wounded two others.
  • Fri - Mar 24, 2017: Official Says 80 Percent of Livestock Dead in Somaliland - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [VOA] Authorities in the breakaway republic of Somaliland say at least 80 percent of the region's livestock have died due to the crippling drought that has also killed dozens of people and forced thousands into displaced persons camps.
  • Fri - Mar 24, 2017: President Appeals for Famine Assistance - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [VOA] Somalia's new president appealed to the international community Thursday to help his nation avert an approaching famine.