• Djibouti


    The Djibouti economy is based on service activities connected with the country’s strategic location as a deepwater port on the Red Sea. Three-fourths of its inhabitants live in the capital city, while the remainder are mostly nomadic herders. The country provides services as both a transit port and an international trans-shipment and refuelling centre. Imports, exports and re-exports – primarily from neighbouring Ethiopia – represent 70% of port activity at the container terminal.

    Name Republic of Djibouti

    Capital Djibouti

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament National Assembly of Djibouti

    Parliament website www.assemblee-nationale.dj

    Languages French, Arabic, Somali, Afar

    Area 23 200 km2

    Population 810 179 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Foods, beverages, transport equipment, chemicals, petroleum products

    Exports Re-exports, hides and skins, coffee

    Currency Djiboutian franc

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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