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Algeria: Home of the Berber Speaking People

Algeria or Algiers or Algerie is located in Northern Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea on the north, Morocco, Western Sahara and Mauritania on the west, Mali and Niger in the south, and Libya and Tunisia in the east.

After decades of bloody conflict involving many militant groups a new civilian regime has been founded in Algeria. This newly founded government has to handle the devastated land where almost the whole infrastructure was ruined by internal disputes. With the help from international welfare agencies like UNO, WHO, UNESCO etc. Algerian government set up infrastructures that provide opportunities for working class. Various developed countries in the field of petroleum and natural gas extraction also set up their industries to tap the huge amount of non- renewable resources of Algeria. The trickle down effect of this enhances the national income and livelihood of the Algerians. Though economic reforms have started in Algeria yet internal disputes and insecurities remain the prime issues for the government of Algeria.

Algeria Profile and Overview of Facts and Figures:

  • National Name: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
  • Capital: Algiers
  • Total area : 919,590 sq mi (2,381,741 sq km)
  • Population: 33,739,635 (2008 est.)
  • Currency: Algerian Dinar
  • Languages: Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Arab-Berber 99%, European less than 1%
  • Religion: Islam (Sunni) 99% (state religion), Christian and Jewish 1%
  • GDP (Per Capita): $7,600 (2006 Est.)
  • Life Expectancy: total: 73.77 years, male: 72.13 years, female: 75.49 Year (2008 est.)
  • Literacy : 69.9%

Geographical Information on Algeria:

Algeria is the largest country of the Mediterranean Sea, the second largest on the African continent bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia.

Algeria lies in the Torrid Climatic Zone of the Earth. In this Torrid Zone even in winters the midday desert temperatures can be very hot. After sunset the clear and dry air permits rapid loss of heat, and the nights are cool to chilly. Enormous fluctuations in daily temperature are recorded. Mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast that is drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau. Sirocco is a hot, dust-laden wind, which is common in summer throughout the nation.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition of Algeria:

The people that once colonized, traded, and visited this place influence Algerian culture. French, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, and African cultures have noticeable influences. Algerian culture has been strongly influenced by its main religion Islam. The tenets of Islam can be seen in practices and life style of people. The heterogeneity of Algeria can be seen from the languages spoken that include Arabic, French and Berber.

Algeria's unique cultural mix is especially recognizable in its food. Dishes like Mechoui a charcoal roasted lamb, Kefta a spicy meatball, Brochettes spicy kabobs in French bread, and Hairira, a soup served at Ramada. These dishes found in other countries but variations in cooking and spices have given Algeria its own version of the dishes.

Algerian cuisine is a blend of Berber, Arab, Turkish and French cuisines. The boiled vegetable dishes originate from the Berbers, while the pastries and spices can be traced to the Turks. Beverages and sweets are distinctly French; most of the main courses have Mediterranean flavors. Couscous , a steamed preparation, is Algeria's national dish. While extremely strong coffee is popular in Algeria, tea with a hint of mint is the popular drink among locals.

Tourist Attraction of Algeria:

There are various beautiful tourist destinations in Algeria. The country is separated into two halves by the Atlas Mountains. The Mediterranean beaches are the favourite destination for tourists. The variety of landscape composition from deep sea to deadly desert of Algeria allure tourist to experience the harsh beauty of nature. Some of the finest Roman ruins in the world, old Arabic cities remain the center of attraction and most visited destination among tourists.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Algeria include:

  • Kasbah quarter
  • Ketchaoua Mosque
  • Notre Dame d'Afrique
  • Tassili n'Ajjer
  • M'Zab Valley
  • Al Qal'a of Beni Hammad
  • Timgad

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April 25, 2012 at 11:17 PM

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April 22, 2012 at 4:12 PM

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April 21, 2012 at 3:49 PM

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April 12, 2012 at 1:31 PM

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UAE, Algeria discuss bilateral ties

April 6, 2012 at 11:37 PM

Algiers, April 6 (IANS/WAM) The United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Algeria have discussed their bilateral reations.

UAE, Algeria to hold bilateral talks Tuesday

March 26, 2012 at 11:12 PM

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February 7, 2012 at 9:23 PM

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February 7, 2012 at 11:37 AM

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February 6, 2012 at 7:07 PM

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Algeria foils al-Qaeda plot to attack US, European ships in Mediterranean

January 25, 2012 at 2:24 PM

Algiers, Jan 25 (ANI): Algerian security forces have reportedly foiled a terror plot by an al Qaeda affiliate to carry out suicide attacks with an explosive-laden boat on US and European ships in the Mediterranean sea.

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