| Home Earth
___ Republic of DjiboutiA virtual travel guide to Djibouti. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Djibouti's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this East African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Djibouti, addresses of Djibouti and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Djibouti.
Republic of Djibouti | République de Djibouti
Flag of Djibouti
The French Territory of the Afars and the Issas became Djibouti in 1977. Hassan Gouled APTIDON installed an authoritarian one-party state and proceeded to serve as president until 1999. Unrest among the Afars minority during the 1990s led to a civil war that ended in 2001 following the conclusion of a peace accord between Afar rebels and the Issa-dominated government. Djibouti's first multi-party presidential elections in 1999 resulted in the election of Ismail Omar GUELLEH. Djibouti occupies a very strategic geographic location at the mouth of the Red Sea and serves as an important transshipment location for goods entering and leaving the east African highlands. The present leadership favors close ties to France, which maintains a significant military presence in the country, but has also developed increasingly stronger ties with the United States in recent years. Djibouti currently hosts the only United States military base in sub-Saharan Africa and is a front-line state in the global war on terrorism.
border countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia
related countries: France, Yemen
République de Djibouti
Arabic: Jumhuriyah Jibuti
short form: Djibouti
int'l long form: Republic of Djibouti
former: Territoire Français des Afars et des Issas (French Territory of the Afars and Issas), French Somaliland.
ISO Country Code: dj
Local Time = UTC +3h
Actual Time: Mon-Sept-1 16:40
Country Calling Code: +253
Capital City: Djibouti (City)
Other Cities: Dikhil, Arta, Ali-Sabieh, Obock, Tadjoura.
Constitution: Ratified September 1992 by referendum.
Independence: 27 June 1977 (from France).
Location: Northeast coast of the Horn of Africa on the Strait of Mandeb, which separates the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.
Area: 23,200 km² (8,880 sq mi)
Terrain: Coastal desert and plateau separated by central mountains.
Climate: Torrid and semi-arid, fresh season, from October to April (average 25°).
Population: 818,000 (2009 census)
Ethnic groups: Somalis (Issaks, Issas, and Gadaboursis) 60%, Afars 35%, Ethiopians,Arab, French, and Italian.
Religions: Muslim 94%, Christian 6%.
Languages: French and Arabic (official); Somali and Afar widely used.
Natural resources: Gold, clay, granite, marble, minerals (salt, perlite, gypsum, limestone), petroleum, geothermal areas.
Agriculture products: livestock, fishing, fruits, vegetables.
Industries: Banking and insurance (12.5% of GDP), transportation (Djibouti harbour), tourism, construction, agricultural processing, salt.
Exports partners: Somalia 63.8%, Yemen 22.6%, Ethiopia 5% (2004)
Imports partners: Saudi Arabia 19.7%, India 12.4%, Ethiopia 11.8%, China 8.1%, France 5.6%, USA 4.8% (2004)
Currency: Djiboutian Franc (DJF)
Note: External links will open in a new browser window.
Official website of the Republic of Djibouti.
Primature de la Republique de Djibouti
Prime Minister's Office.
Official website of Djibouti national assembly.
Ministère des Affaires Etrangères
Ministry of Foreign Affairs Djibouti.
Permanent Mission of the Republic of Djibouti to the United Nations
UN site with some information about Djibouti.
US Embassy in Djibouti
Official website of the US embassy.
Ambassade de France en République de Djibouti
French Embassy Djibouti (in French).
Map of Djibouti
Political and administrative map of Djibouti.
Google Earth Djibouti
Searchable map and satellite view of Djibouti.
Google Earth Djibouti City
Searchable map and satellite view of Djibouti's capital city.
Map of Africa
Political Map of Africa.
Relief Map of Africa
Agence Djiboutienne d'Information
State news agency with Djibouti national and regional news (in French)
A government-owned daily (in French)
Provides news from Djibouti, Somalia and Ethiopia (in English and French)
Radiodiffusion Télévision de Djibouti
Djibouti Television - RTD the state-run TV and Radio station (in French).
Centre Culturel Français
CCFAR is a center of art and culture an institution of the French embassy.
Banque Centrale de Djibouti
Official website of Djibouti's Central Bank.
Adjib - Djibouti Telecom
Djibouti Air is the national carrier, based in Djibouti.
was a privately owned Djiboutian airline, the company ceased operations in 2009.
Djibouti Ports & Free Zones Authority (DPFZA)
Official website of the port authority.
Office National du Tourisme
Precious little information about Djibouti travel and tourism (in French).
Djibouti portal with inormation on the country, travel, climate and more.
Whale Sharks of Djibouti
Djibouti underwater photographs by Nick Blake.
Djibouti d'hier à aujourd'hui
A guide to Djibouti yesterday and today.
Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Ministère de l'Education
Official website of the Ministry of Education (in French).
Centre d'Études et de Recherches Scientifiques de Djibouti
CERD Scientific Research Center of Djibouti in the fields of Languages, Geoscience and New Technologies.
Université de Djibouti
Djibouti University is the oldest University in Djibouti (in French).
de la biodiveristé de Djibouti
Convention on Biological Diversity, a Belgium based site with information on biodiverstity of Djibouti (in French).
Website about the continental rift of the Asal - Ghoubbet region where the Arabic Plate tends to separate from the African Plate (in French).
The Intergovernmental Authority on Development, a regional grouping of seven Eastern African countries created in 1986 to fight the recurrent and severe droughts and other natural disasters that caused widespread famine, ecological degradation and economic hardship in the Eastern Africa region between 1974 and 1984.
Wikipedia entry about the history of Djibouti.
L'histoire de Djibouti
Brief history of Djibouti (in French)
WWW-VL HISTORY Djibouti
Some documents related to Djibouti's history.
- Annuaire Web djiboutien
Index of Djiboutian related sites.
Additional Information on DjiboutiAfrica South of the Sahara: Djibouti
BBC News Country Profile: Djibouti
Mbendi Profile: Djibouti
Including economic overviews and directories of companies.
Open Directory Project: Djibouti
The World Factbook -- Djibouti
Search Nations Online
|Bookmark/share this page:
Other Countries of Central Africa
Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Dem. Rep. (Kinshasa), Congo, Rep. (Brazzaville), Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe
Other Countries of Eastern Africa
Burundi, Comoros, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique
Réunion, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Countries of the World: A - C | D - G | H - L | M - P | Q - T | U - Z
Continents: Africa | The Americas | Asia | Australia/Oceania | Europe
Actually, there are more than five colors,
Baron de Coubertin would have loved to use them all.
|Why is it, that Gay and Lesbian people still are victims of persecution, harassment, and assaults occasioning actual bodily harm or worse?
Our world would be much poorer and colder without the creativity and ingenuity of the colorful LGBT* culture.
So, get up, stand up, and don't let it happen again and again and again.
Nature made sure, that all men are able to love each other without distinction of gender. This ability empowers humans to care for and to help each other. Natures gift simply secures the survival of the species.
But in some societies this natural law has been neglected by religions, governments and other interest groups in favour for better controllable straight-laced communities.
But if you know what life is worth, You will look for yours on earth
(lyrics from the song Get Up, Stand Up)
* LGBT - acronym for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.
One World - Nations Online .:. let's care for this planet
Actually, freedom can not be simulated... or?
Nations Online Project is made to improve cross-cultural understanding and global awareness.