___ Algeria - الجزائرDestination Algeria, the country is located in Northern Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in north, Tunisia in northeast, Libya in east, Morocco in west, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali in southwest, and by Niger in the southeast.
Algeria is now Africa's largest country, covering an area of nearly 2.4 million km², compared, it is 4 times the size of France or slightly less than 3.5 times the size of the U.S. state of Texas. But the country is almost only populated in the small coastal region, because its southern part is covered by the Sahara, the largest subtropical hot desert.
Algeria has a population of almost 38 million people. About 90% of Algerians live in the northern, coastal area. Official language is Arabic, French is the language of the elite, Tamazight, the language of the indigenous Berber has been constitutionally recognized as a national language. Capital and most populous city is Algiers.
Rock engravings in Tassili n'Ajjer, a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya, Niger and Mali. Tassili n'Ajjer is a World Heritage Site.
Image: Patrick Gruban
People's Democratic Republic of Algeria | Al Jaza'ir
Flag of Algeria
Al Jumhuriyah al Jaza'iriyah ad Dimuqratiyah ash Sha'biyah
short form: Al Jaza'ir
int'l long form: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
int'l short form: Algeria
ISO Country Code: dz
Actual Time: Sun-Aug-2 11:17
Local Time = UTC +1h
Country Calling Code: +213
Capital City: Algiers (Alger, Algier)
(pop.) 3 000 000
Principal Towns: Oran, Constantine, Annaba, Blida, Setif, Sidi be Abbes.
Independence: 5 July 1962 (from France).
Location: Northern Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the north, Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania on the west, Mali and Niger on the south, and Libya and Tunisia on the east.
Area: 2.38 million km²
Terrain: Algeria consists of four regions: the coastal mountainous chain. Plains and high plateaus. The mountainous chain of the interior. The area of the Grand Sud with its mountainous solid masses.
Mediterranean in the north, mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; dry or desert climate for the extreme south of the country; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer.
Population: 37 million (2012)
Ethnic groups: ~ Arab 83%, Berber 17%, Touareg, European less than 1%.
Religions: Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99%, Christian and Jewish 1%.
Languages: Arabic (official), French, Tamazight and other Berber dialects.
Literacy: total population, 70%; male 78.8%, female 61% (2003 est.)
Natural resources: Rich deposits of iron ore, phosphates, lead, zinc and antimony; deposits of petroleum and natural gas.
Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, oats, grapes, olives, citrus, fruits; sheep, cattle.
Industries: Petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining, electrical, petrochemical, food processing.
Exports - commodities: petroleum, natural gas, and petroleum products 97%
Italy 16%, USA 15%, Spain 10.9%, France 8.5%, Netherlands 7.3%, Canada 7.1%, UK 5.1%, Brazil 4.7% (2012)
France 12.8%, China 11.8%, Italy 10.3%, Spain 8.6%, Germany 5.2% (2012)
Currency: Algerian Dinar (DZD)
Algeria's indigenous Berber people has been under foreign rule for much of the last 3000 years. The Phoenicians (1000 BC) and the Romans (200 BC) were the most important of these. With the incursion of Muslim Arabs in the 7th-8th century into the region, Islamic influence came to the Berbers and almost a millenium of domination by Arab dynasties.
In the beginning of the 16th century the region was placed under protection of the Ottoman Sultan of Istanbul, followed by reigns of Ottoman beys, pachas, and aghas, brought to an end with the beginning of the French colonization in 1830.
The French occupation condemned Algeria's population to economic, social and political inferiority and caused an armed resistance lasting for decades. After a century of rule by France, Algeria became independent in 1962 and Arabic became official language - with a little help of Quran teachers from Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
Since then le pouvoir ("the power"), an elite of business leaders and generals behind a democratic façade has run Algeria.
Algeria is a member state of the League of Arab States
border countries: Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia
related countries: France
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Official Sites of AlgeriaPrésidence de la République Algérienne Démocratique et Populaire
The Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika. (in Arabic and French)
Algerian Head of Government
Official government website of the Prime Minister of Algeria (in Arabic/French).
The Algerian Government consists of:
Le Conseil de la Nation
The National Council of the Nation (Senate) (in Arabic).
People's National Assembly
People's National Assembly is the lower house of the Algerian Parliament.
Algerian Constitutional Council
Algeria's highest judicial authority.
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Algerian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (many pages still under constructions).
Permanent Mission of Algeria to the United Nations in New York
Site of the Permanent Mission of Algeria to the UN.
Algerian Embassy in the U.S.
Algerian Embassy in Washington DC.
Algerian Consulate London
Algerian Consulate in the UK
Ambassades et Missions permanentes de l'Algérie dans le monde
List of Algeria's Diplomatic Missions around the World.
Office National des Statistiques de l'Algérie (ONS)
National Office of Statistics.
Office National de la Météorologie
National Office of Meteorology.
Ministries and National Government Agencies of Algeria
More Official Sites of Algeria.
Map of Algeria
Political Map of Algeria.
Google Earth Algeria
Searchable map/satellite view of Algeria.
Google Earth Algiers (El-Jazair)
Searchable map/satellite view of Algeria's capital city.
Map of Northern Africa and the Middle East
Political Map of of North Africa, the Arabian Peninsula and the Middle East.
Map of Africa
Political Map of Africa.
Relief Map of Africa
News from AlgeriaPresse-dz
Algerian Press Portal
Algerian News Agencies
Agence Algérienne d'Information ( AAI )
The Algerian Agency of Information.
The bilingual news and views from Algeria, was run by Algerian
and European journalists, whereas the french section was more up to date.
Algérie Presse Service
More Official News by the Algerian News Agency.
New Press Algerie
Algerian Photo Press Agency.
Algerian and international news in Arabic, English and French.
Independent Daily (Arabic, English and French).
State-run daily ( in French and English-language).
Le Quotidien d'Oran
Private daily (in French)
National news, weekly (French).
National news, weekly (French).
National and international news (French).
Al Jazeera (الجزيرة نت)
Arabic news network.
News from Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, and Tunisia.
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Arts & CultureMusée national des Beaux-arts d’Alger
National Museum of Fine Art, Algiers.
Musée National CIRTA, Constantine Algérie
Official site of the National Museum (in Arabic and French).
Bou-Saada.net - Cité du Bonheur
Beautiful site dedicated to the Bou-saâda region (in French).
Kabylie culture forum.
Al Bab about the Berbers.
Mano Dayak, 1949-1995
Article about the internationally renowned Twareg leader of the Tamoust Liberation Front (FLT) and the so called "Twareg problem".
Algerian Rai Music
Introduction to Algeria's popular music.
dj Cheb i Sabbah
Born in Algeria, dj Cheb i Sabbah might be best described as a ritual music "hajji," a musical pilgrim of the spirit.
Cheb Khaled's unofficial page with more information on Rai Music.
Introduction to Raï Music of Algeria
Short Introduction to Algerian Raï Music with some sound examples.
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Algeria:
Kasbah of Algiers
is one of the finest coastal sites on the Mediterranean, overlooking the islands where a Carthaginian trading-post was established in the 4th century BC. There are the remains of the citadel, old mosques and Ottoman-style palaces as well as the remains of a traditional urban structure associated with a deep-rooted sense of community.
Remains of an establishment of an ancient Roman colony with its forum, temples, basilicas, triumphal arches and houses occupied a singular defensive position 900 m above sea-level.
The strange lunar landscape of ‘rock forests’ of Tassili n'Ajjer, a vast plateau in south-east Algeria at the borders of Libya, Niger and Mali, has an exceptional density of paintings and engravings, and many other prehistoric vestiges. More than 15,000 drawings and engravings record the climatic changes, the animal migrations and the evolution of human life on the edge of the Sahara from 6000 BC to the first centuries of the present era.
Timgad (Colonia Marciana Traiana Thamugadi)
The Roman military colony north of the Aurès of the massif was founded in 100 A.D. by Trajan. The colony was a "planned city" built out of nothing (ex nihilo), with crosswise aligned streets (cardo and decumanus), Roman urban planning at its height.
Cashba in Algiers. The historic district was once home to thousands of craftsmen. The Kasbah (Arabic: القصبة); is a type of medina, a medieval north African city, or fortress (citadel).
Business & EconomyAlgeria is classified as an upper middle income country by the World Bank. However, poverty remains widespread and unemployment high, particularly among Algeria's youth.
The economy is dominated by the state, the Algerian government has halted the privatization of state-owned industries and imposed restrictions on imports and foreign involvement in its economy. The country supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe and energy exports are the backbone of the economy.
Central Bank of Algeria.
La Chambre Algérienne du Commerce et d ’Industrie
Algerian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
INAPI - Algerian National Institute of Industrial Property
Centre de Recherche sur l'Information Scientifique et Technique, Algerie.
The national carrier of Algeria serves the most significant cities of the interior as well as 37 stopovers through Europe Africa and the Middle-East.
Country GuidesMinistère du Tourisme et de l'Artisanat - Algérie
Official guide to Algeria by the Ministry of tourism and the craft industry (in French).
Algeria By Pictures
Pictures of Algeria from the 19th century and today.
Algerian portal of tourism and the craft industry (in French).
An Algeria Guide in French.
Bou-Saada.net - Cité du Bonheur
Beautiful site dedicated to the Bou-saâda region (in French).
Le printemps berbère de kabylie
Site about Berber language and Berber culture and issues. (in French).
A guide to the desert of southern Algeria.
Tlemcen pour toujours
Site dedicated to the historical city of Tlemcen (in French).
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Colonia Marciana Traiana Thamugadi. Timgad lies on the northern slopes of the Aurès mountains and was created as a military colony by the Emperor Trajan in AD 100. Timgad
Image: © UNESCO / Yvon Fruneau
EducationAbou Bekr Belkaid University
Badji Mokhtar University
One of the oldest universities in Algeria, located in Annaba.
Algiers oldest university, founded 1909.
Université Mentouri - Constantine
EnvironmentFondation Déserts du Monde
World Deserts Foundation is an intergovernmental orgainzation with the missions to fight against desertification and poverty, and secondly, the preservation and enhancement of the cultures of peoples of the deserts (site in French).
Centre National de Formation Environnemental
National Center for Environmental Development (in French)
Links to all what is on relation with Algeria.
Algeria Directory & Search Engine.
Additional Information on AlgeriaHuman Rights
Amnesty International: Algeria
Amnesty International Reports.
Human Rights Watch: Algeria
Reporters sans frontières - Algeria
Report about Press freedom in the country.
BBC News Algeria: Country profile
Open Directory Project: Algeria
The World Factbook -- Algeria
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