Algeria is a North African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. Many empires have left legacies here, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza. In the capital, Algiers, Ottoman landmarks like circa-1612 Ketchaoua Mosque line the hillside Casbah quarter, with its narrow alleys and stairways. The city’s Neo-Byzantine basilica Notre Dame d’Afrique dates to French colonial rule.
Major Languages: Algerian Spoken Arabic
Minority Languages: French
Ethnic Groups: Arab (Berbers) 99%, French, Corsican, Spanish, Italian, and Maltese 1%
Belief Systems: Islam - Sunni (majority), Shia, Protestant Christianity, and Judaism
Population:37.5 million people (World Rank: 36th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density:40.8 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 211th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.37 %/yr (World Rank: 90th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 71 years (World Rank: 146th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 26 years (World Rank: 105th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Algeria
Current News About Algeria
Algeria - Facts and Information 1
U.S. Library of Congress profile of Algeria
Algeria - Facts and Information 2
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Algeria
Traditional Musical Instruments
Algerian recipes and food
in Washington D.C.
Algerian Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger. Note: most of the sites are in Arabic and French only.
Traveling to Algeria
Comprehensive travel information from africaguide.com