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A virtual travel guide to Gambia. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Gambian 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 Western African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Gambia, addresses of Gambian and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from The Gambia.

Arch 22 Banjul
Arch 22 Memorial - Banjul
 

Republic of The Gambia

Country Profile


Flag of Gambia
Flag of Gambia

Background:
The Gambia is a strip of land 15 to 30 miles (25 to 50 kilometres) wide and 295 miles long on either bank of the Gambia River; except for a short coastline, it is surrounded by Senegal. Its unusual shape and size are attributable to territorial compromises arising from 19th-century Anglo-French rivalry in western Africa.
(from "Gambia, The." Encyclopaedia Britannica. 2006)

After 200 years of British colonial rule The Gambia gained its independence in 1965; it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia with Senegal between 1982 and 1989.
In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty.
A military coup in 1994 overthrew the president and banned political activity, but a 1996 constitution and presidential elections, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. The country undertook another round of presidential and legislative elections in late 2001 and early 2002.
Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH, the leader of the coup, has been elected president in all subsequent elections.
(from CIA - The World Factbook -- Gambia, The)


border countries: Senegal
related countries: UK
 
Where in Africa is The Gambia?

Official Name:
Republic of The Gambia
short form: The Gambia
former: Senegambia; federation with Senegal (1982-1989)

ISO Country Code: gm

Time:
Local Time = UTC
Actual Time: Mon-Mar-30  04:26

Country Calling Code: +220

Capital City: Banjul (pop. 35 000, with suburbs 500 000)

Other Cities: Serrekunda (pop. 200 000),
Basse Santa Su, Georgetown (Jangjang-bureh), Juffureh.

Government:
Type: Civilian.
Independence: 18 February 1965 (from the UK).
Constitution:16 January 1997.

Geography:
Location: Western Africa, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean surrounded by Senegal.
Area: 11 300 sq. km. (4 360 sq. mi.)
Terrain: Flood plain of the Gambia River flanked by low hills.

Climate: Tropical; hot rainy season (June to Nov.); cooler, dry season (Nov. to May).

People:
Nationality: Gambian(s).
Population: 1.7 million (2010 UN estimate)
Ethnic groups: Mandinka 40%, Fula 18%, Wolof 14%, Jola 10%, Serahule 9%, Serere 8%, Krio/Aku Marabout, Manjago, Bambara.
Non-Gambians 13% of the population.
Religions: Muslim 85%, Christian 4%, animists.
Languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula (Pulaar), Jola, other indigenous languages.
Literacy: 38%

Natural resources: Fish, titanium, tin, zircon, silica sand.

Agriculture products: Peanuts, rice, millet, sorghum, fish, palm kernels, vegetables, livestock, forestry.

Industries: Peanut products, construction, telecommunications, brewing; tourism.

Exports partners: India 23.7%, UK 15.2%, France 14.2%, Germany 9.6%, Italy 8.3%, Thailand 5.9%, Malaysia 4.1% (2004)

Imports partners: China 23.7%, Senegal 11.6%, Brazil 5.9%, UK 5.5%, Netherlands 4.5%, USA 4.4% (2004)

Currency: Dalasi (GMD)

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Official Sites of The Gambia

Republic of The Gambia State House
Office of The Gambian President.

National Assembly of The Gambia
National Assembly Services Authority of The Gambia.


Diplomatic Missions
Embassy of the Republic of The Gambia to the USA
Embassy website provides information on The Gambia and Embassy work.
The Gambia - Permanent Mission to the United Nations
The Gambia's UN mission website.

United Nations
United Nations System in The Gambia
Information about UN agencies work in The Gambia.
UNDP in The Gambia
UN's global development network in the Gambia.


Maps

Map of Gambia
Political map of Gambia.
Google Earth Google Earth Gambia
Searchable map and satellite view of Gambia.
Google Earth Google Earth Banjul
Searchable map and satellite view of Gambia's capital city.

Political Map of Africa
The 54 countries of Africa.
Map of Africa
A Relief Map of Africa.

 

News

Daily Observer
Daily news from the region.
The Point
National and regional news from the Gambian newspaper.

International Nerws Sources
IRIN News: The Gambia
Gambia related news by the UN news agency.

Radio
Radio Free Gambia - RFG
Privately owned Internet Station for general information about The Gambia in English.
 

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Arts & Culture

Gambian Griot School of Music and Dance
Site about the tradition of The Gambia's music, dance and griots (court musicians).
Listen All - Dembo Jobarteh
Dembo Jobarteh is a griot from Niani Kayai, The Gambia.

OneGambiaDotCom
Gambian music portal site.

RAKI Web Radio
Gambian music.
 

 

Business & Economy

Central Bank of The Gambia
Official website of the Central Bank of The Gambia.
Guaranty Trust Bank Gambia
Licensed by the Central Bank of the Gambia to operate full commercial Banking activities.
Trust Bank Limited
Gambia's local Bank.

Department of State for Trade, Industry and Employment (DOSTIE)
"To transform The Gambia into a financial center, a tourist paradise, a trading, export-oriented agricultural and manufacturing nation".
The Gambia Chamber of Commerce and Industry ( GCCI )
Official website withz information on the work of the Chamber and about The Gambia.
Gambia Investment Promotion and Free Zones Agency
The national agency charged with the promotion of The Gambia as an ideal investment destination.


QuantumNET
Gambia's IT and ISP.

Transportation
Gambia International Airlines
The National Carrier of the Gambia .


Port of Banjul
Official website of The Gambia Ports Authority
 
 

Destination The Gambia - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Gambia: Banjul, Bakau, Gunjur, Wassu Stone Circles, Fort James Island, Juffureh.
Links to accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, and more.

The Gambia Tourism Website
The Gambia travel and tourism information by Gambia Tourism Authority.

Gambia Tourist Support
Travel and tourism information about The "Smiling Coast of Africa".

The Gambia
Information on Gambia and its recent history.
 

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

 

Education

Department of State for Education
Provides information on the Gambia's education plans and programms.
GamBLE
Gambia, Building Links in Education - GamBLE, is a small Kent based charity, which helps provide nursery and primary school education in the village of Farato, near Banjul.
INHEA: Gambia Higher Education Profile
Profile of higher education practice in Gambia by International Network for Higher Education in Africa.
PAGEANT
PAGEANT stands for Projects Aiding Gambian Education And Natural Talent. It was established as a UK Charity in 2002 specifically to support education and related projects in The Gambia.
 
 

Environment & Nature

Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Trust
Chimpanzee rehabilitation project at River Gambia National Park on Baboon Islands.
 
 

History

Historic Sites
Brief Gambian history.
 
 


Search

Gambia Gateway
Directory of Gambia related websites & information.



Additional Information on Gambia

Africa South of the Sahara: The Gambia
Stanford University.

BBC News Country Profile: Gambia

Background Notes: Gambia


Open Directory Project: Gambia

Wikipedia: Gambia

The World Factbook -- Gambia
 
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