Somalia – country information
|Official name||Somali Democratic Republic|
|Foundation of a state||1/7/1960|
|The highest mountains||Surud Ad 2408 m|
|Longest rivers||Shebelle 2010 km (about 1000 km in the country)|
|State system||organs of state power do not function|
|The biggest cities||Mogadishu (capital) 1,200,000, Hargeisa 400,000, Kismayo 200,000|
|Official language||Somali, Arabic|
|Ethnicity/National Composition||Somalis 98.3%, Arabs 1.2%, Bantu 0.4%, others 0.1%|
|Religious affiliation||Sunni Muslims 99.8%, Christians 0.1%, others 0.1%|
|Currency||1 Somali shilling (SOS) = 100 cents|
|Average life expectancy of the population||48.47 years (2006)|
|Structure of GDP||agriculture and fishing 64%, mining 0.2%, industry 4.5%, construction 4%, services 27.3%|
Somalia – Neighboring States
|Ethiopia||Addis Ababa||1,104,300 km2||86,613,986|
According to Abbreviationfinder, Somalia lies in the so-called Horn of Africa along the 3,000 km long coastline of the wide extension of northeastern Africa into the Arabian Sea of the Indian Ocean. In recent years it has been plagued by civil war and drought.
Somalia is an African state in the east of the mainland on the peninsula of the same name. Common borders in the west with Kenya, Ethiopia.
The capital is Mogadishu. The official language is Somali, Arabic. The currency is the Somali shilling. Religion – Islam.
The climate is dry and hot. Temperature in winter +25*С, in summer +35*С.
The Somali Democratic Republic is the name given to Somalia during the communist regime of former Somali President Major General Mohammed Siad Barre after a bloodless coup d’état in 1969. The coup took place a few days after the assassination of Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke, the country’s second president, by one of his own bodyguards. The Barre administration ruled Somalia for 21 years, until the start of the civil war in 1991.
Since 1991, the unified state of Somalia has ceased to exist, and many specific principalities have formed, headed by warring warlords. Somalia as a state actually ceased to exist, having lost all the attributes of a single statehood and disintegrated.
Somaliland – the republic is not recognized by any state, although it has informal political ties with a number of countries.
Location: East Africa
Time zone: CET + 2 (during summer time: CET + 1)
Total area: 637,657 km²
Land area: 627,337 km²
Water area: 10,320 km²
Length of the state border: 2,340 km
Bordering countries are accounted for:
Ethiopia: 1,600 km
Djibouti: 58 km
Kenya: 682 km
Coastline: 2,340 km
Awdal, Bakool, Banaadir, Bari, Bay, Galguduud, Gedo, Hiiraan, Jubbada Dhexe, Jubbada Hoose, Mudug, Nugaal, Sanaag, Shabeellaha Dhexe, Shabeellaha Hoose, Sool, Togdheer, Woqooyi Galbeed
Telephone code: 00 252 (Source: Allcitycodes)
Highest point: Shimbiris 2,416 m
Population: approx. 10.4 million residents (Countryaah, 2021)
Population growth: 1.7% per year
Population density (inh. Per km²): 16
Life expectancy: 50 (male), 54 (female)
Official language: Somali, Arabic, English, Italian
There are two rainy and two dry seasons per year.
The rainy seasons last from March to June and from September to December. The other months are often very hot and dry.
The temperature is constantly above 25 ° C almost all year round.
Currency / finance
Currency unit: Somalia Shilling (SOS)
Classification: 1 shilling = 100 centesimi / senti
ATMs: not available
International credit cards: These are very rarely accepted.
Regulations: The import and export of the local currency is limited to 200 shillings. There is no limit to the importation of foreign currencies, but they must be declared. You should keep the exchange receipts in a safe place! The export of foreign currencies is limited to the amount declared upon import.
It is recommended to carry US dollars in small bills as foreign currency.
The following may be carried duty-free:
- 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 200 g tobacco
- 1 liter of alcoholic beverages
- small amounts of perfume
(Information applies to people aged 18 and over)
Tourists and people in transit can bring items of personal use with them duty-free.
Warnings are given against traveling to Somalia and the waters off Somalia!
Due to the internal political situation, the German embassy was closed. A consular representation is currently not possible.
Since there is no longer any state order, there are no institutions that can help you in an emergency.
Due to the internal political conflicts and the ongoing fighting in the country, medical care is almost non-existent. Even the smallest illnesses and injuries cannot be treated. Some international humanitarian organizations are currently trying to rebuild them.
We therefore strongly recommend taking out travel health insurance that includes repatriation in the event of illness.
Almost the entire economy of Somalia collapsed as a result of the civil war.
Most of the able-bodied people are employed in agriculture for self-sufficiency and for the production of export goods.
Somalia is one of the poorest countries in the world.
Industries: textiles, sugar processing
Natural resources: bauxite, iron ores, gypsum, copper, salt, uranium, tin
- Usable land: 2%
- Grain cultivation: 0%
- Pasture area: 69%
- Forests: 26%
- other: 3%
Most of the land consists of semi-deserts and arid savannas. These are only slightly overgrown with a few types of grass.
In the south there are larger areas of grass and small forests due to the occasional rain.
The most common animals in Somalia include antelopes, elephants, giraffes, leopards and zebras.