Algeria (officially known as the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria) is a country in North Africa. Here are some interesting facts about Algeria that you probably don’t know.
Interesting Facts About Algeria
- In terms of total area, Algeria is the 11th largest country in the world.
- The Romans took control of Algeria in 200BC.
- The French invaded Algeria in 1830. The invasion was extremely violent and almost one third of the Algerian population were killed. Algeria did not achieve independence from France until 1962.
- Algeria has very hot days, even in winter. However, the nights can be very cold.
- There are many ergs (sand dunes) in Algeria.
- All people over the age of 18 have the right to vote.
- The president is the commander-in-chief of the military.
- Fossils fuels are the major export of Algeria.
- Algeria grows large amounts of olives, tobacco, wheat, barley, oats and citrus fruits.
- 70% of the population live in the northern coastal regions of the country.
- 30% of the population is under the age of 15.
- 70% of lawyers and 60% of judges are women. 60% of university students are women. In many families, women are contributing more to the household income than men.
- Arabic, spoken by 80% of the population, is the national language of Algeria.
- Athletics, handball and football (soccer) are the most popular sports in Algeria.
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