52 Fascinating Facts About Djibouti

Due to its location in the Horn of Africa, surrounded by some dangerous neighbours, the nation is unlikely to figure on many bucket lists – which is a shame given its abundance of natural beauty. Djibouti is known for its unearthly landscapes such as Lac Abbé and Lac Assal, exciting diving, amazing marine life such as whale sharks, and delightful animal refuge. With this in mind, it may be time for Djibouti to re-establish itself as a viable tourism destination in an otherwise volatile region of the world.</p> <p>Djibouti is a country in Africa's Horn of Africa. The country is composed of 90% desert territory, which is in the Danakil Desert. As a result, the country's climate is dry and hot. Eritrea, Somalia, and Ethiopia bound Djibouti. It is home to the mystical Lac Abbe and Lac Assal landscapes, exciting diving, amazing marine life, including whale sharks, and a delightful nature refuge. Ler us have a look at some of the fascinating facts about Djibouti, from its weird landscapes to its spectacular marine life.

Fascinating facts

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From 1888 to 1977, Djibouti was a part of the French colony of Somaliland. From 1894 to 1914, it served as the capital.
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Djibouti's official languages are Arabic and French.
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Djibouti is a country in Africa's Horn of Africa region.
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Djibouti is an East African country. The country is officially known as the Republic of Djibouti.
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Djibouti's Lake Assal Is the World's Third Most Saline Body Of Water
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Djibouti is the third smallest country globally, after Swaziland and Gambia, which have land areas of 6,704 square miles and 4,127 square miles, respectively.
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Djibouti was called the 'French Territory of the Afars and Issas' in 1967 before gaining complete independence as the 'Republic of Djibouti' in 1977.
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Erta Ale is an Ethiopian volcano that is located in Djibouti's the Danakil Desert.
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Djibouti's total population is only 810,179.
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It is bounded on the north by Eritrea, west and south by Ethiopia, and southeast by Somalia. The Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden comprise the remainder of the boundary on the east.
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Djibouti Is Home to The World-Famous Tadjoura Gulf. The Gulf of Tadjoura is a basin in the Indian Ocean located south of the Bab-el-Mandeb straits.
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Around 90% of Djibouti's territory is desert. Djibouti lacks permanent rivers and instead relies on arid salt lakes. It has the Grand Bara Desert, which encompasses the majority of Djibouti's southern region.
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Lac Assal, a crater lake in the heart of Djibouti, contains ten times the amount of salt found in the sea. Indeed, it is the world's second saltiest body of water.
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The Gulf of Tadjoura, located in eastern Djibouti, is one of the world's wealthiest coral and fish species.
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Djiboutians are the residents of Djibouti.
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It is the world's 146th largest country in terms of land size, covering 23,200 square kilometres.
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Djibouti's national animal is the elk, scientifically known as Cervus Canadensis.
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Several nations, including France, the United States, and China, operate military bases in Djibouti.
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Lac Assal is Africa's lowest point, at 155 metres below sea level, and the third-lowest in the world, behind the Dead Sea and the Sea of Galilee.
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Camp Lemonnier is the sole US military base in Africa, located in Djibouti City. Indeed, it is America's most significant permanent military presence in Africa.
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Djibouti is Africa's third smallest country.
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Djibouti City is the capital and largest city of Djibouti.
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Djibouti is classified into three distinct regions: a coastal plain, mountains behind the plain, and a plateau behind the highlands.
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Guelleh was Djibouti's first President in 1999.
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Mousa Ali is a 2,021-meter-high (6,631-foot-high) stratovolcano in Ethiopia, Eritrea, and Djibouti. The volcano is Djibouti's highest peak.
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Djibouti Has One Of The World's Highest Unemployment Rates. A high unemployment rate indicates that a country's economy is insufficiently robust to provide jobs for job seekers.
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Djibouti is a relatively new country. Over half of the population in this country is under the age of 25. This is projected to alter shortly as demographic growth slows.
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Djibouti is located on the Afar Triple Junction, a plain formed by three diverging portions of the Earth's crust.
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Djibouti has a coastline of 195 miles (314 kilometres). The majority of this coastline is made up of gold and white sand beaches.
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Lac Assal is not just Djibouti's lowest point but also the lowest point on the African continent.
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Approximately 90% of Djibouti's territory is a flat, desolate desert area composed of volcanic rock.
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Djibouti Has Only Two Tribes: Afar and Issa.
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Djibouti is unique in that it is one of just 16 countries on Earth with nearly no trees. According to World Bank Open Data, less than 1% of the land is covered in forest.
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In 2017, a new 750-kilometre (460-mile) railway line from Ethiopia's Addis Ababa to Djibouti City was inaugurated.
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Djibouti is continental Africa's third smallest country. Additionally, it is Africa's eighth smallest country, with a size of 23.200 km2.
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In 1977, Djibouti obtained independence from France.
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The country's flora and animals thrive in a harsh environment, with forests covering less than 1% of the land.
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Djibouti's Hydrothermal Field Is a Wonder
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This country has a higher female-to-male ratio. This signifies that woman outnumber men in the country.
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Djiboutians frequently chew the addictive drug khat. The leaf is bulk imported from Ethiopia and Kenya and provides a mild amphetamine-like high to users.
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Taxi fares in Djibouti increase by approximately 50% after dark. Taxi rates vary by the distance travelled.
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Moucha Island is Djibouti's largest island.
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The Aquarium Tropical de Djibouti is a popular tourist attraction in the country. It is located in the old district of Djibouti City and is widely regarded as one of the best in Africa. It's designed to give you the sensation of being underwater in the Red Sea.
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Forêt Du Day National Park Is Djibouti's Largest Forest
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Hussein Ahmed Salah is Djibouti's lone Olympic medalist.
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Erta Ale is a subterranean volcano located in the Danakil Desert.
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Since at least the Neolithic, the Djibouti region has been populated.
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Whale sharks — the world's largest fish – routinely visit the coast of Djibouti, making it an ideal location for swimming.
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In 2017, Djibouti's national football squad was disbanded to "avoid poor performance."
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Christmas is observed in Djibouti on January 7, not December 25.
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The colony of French Somaliland was founded in the late nineteenth century due to treaties negotiated between the governing Issa Somali and Afar Sultans and the French.
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The Djiboutian people voted for independence in 1977, thereby founding the Republic of Djibouti.

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