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Capital: Mogadishu

Government: Transitional, Parliamentary Government

Current President: Hassan Sheikh Mohamud


  • 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: 10,400,000

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)

  • Sunni Muslim


  • Somali (official)
  • Arabic
  • Italian
  • English



  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Farmaajo Seeks Saudi Arabia Intervention in Controversial Berbera UAE Military Base - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Dalsan Radio] Somalia President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmaajo tabled the controversial issue of UAE military base establishment in Somaliland, Radio Dalsan has learnt.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: UK Funds Training to Eradicate Use of Child Solders in Somalia - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Dalsan Radio] The Federal Government of Somalia (FGS) and AMISOM have strengthened their capacities to prevent the recruitment and use of child soldiers in Somalia, thanks to a training initiative supported by the British Embassy Mogadishu in conjunction with British Peace Support Team- East Africa (BPST-EA) and the Dallaire Initiative (DI).
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Three Save the Children Staff Abducted - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Dalsan Radio] Three staff working for the international aid agency Save The Children were on jThursday taken hostage by Alshabaab outside Beledweyne in central Somalia. The three are all Somali nationals and were abducted while on a field trip near Beledweyne where they are based.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Norway Opposition Want PM Khayre Citizenship Stripped Off - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Dalsan Radio] Norway opposition Progress Party on Thursday called for the stripping off of Somalia Prime Minister designate Hassan Khayre's Norwegian citizenship, a leading Norwegian news outlet has reported.
  • Fri - Feb 24, 2017: Kenyan Police Launch Operation to Flush Out Somali Bandits - AllAfrica News: Somalia
    [Focac] Mwingi -Kenya's security forces on Thursday arrested 14 suspects and seized two guns in a major operation to flush out suspected Somali bandits behind attacks in Kora National Park in Mwingi, northeast Kenya.