GENERAL DESCRIPTION

Algeria is a North-African country with a Mediterranean coastline and a Saharan desert interior. Many empires have left legacies here, such as the ancient Roman ruins in seaside Tipaza. In the capital, Algiers, Ottoman landmarks like circa-1612 Ketchaoua Mosque line the hillside Casbah quarter, with its narrow alleys and stairways. The city’s Neo-Byzantine basilica Notre Dame d’Afrique dates to French colonial rule.

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COUNTRY FACTS

POPULATION

32,814,000

RELIGION

Sunni Muslim

CAPITAL

Algiers (3,060,000)

LIFE EXPECTANCY

70

GDP PER CAPITA

U.S. $5,400

AREA

2,381,741 square kilometers (919,595 square miles)

LANGUAGE

Arabic, French, Berber dialects

LITERACY PERCENT

70

FABIO'S REVIEW

I lived for almost 10 years in the Maghreb area (Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt) but only spent a day in Algeria in 1989, so cannot really speak about it. I was living in Tunis at a time, and went with my parents and sister on a road trip up north to the lovely beaches of Bizerte, then west to Tabarka, and we eventually crossed the Algerian border. My father is Italian, but with a beard he really looks Arabic - hence the very, very long discussions at the border station - the custom officer was wondering why on earth this "Arab" man would smuggle two white kids into Algeria through a desolated town in the Sahara desert...

LOCATIONS EXPERIENCED

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OUM TEBOUL (SOUAREKH)

Oum Teboul is a border village between Algeria and Tunisia. A favorite destinations for fuel traffickers.

OUM TEBOUL (SOUAREKH)

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Oum Teboul is a border village between Algeria and Tunisia. A favorite destinations for fuel traffickers.

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