Capital: Algiers ; GDP growth (annual %) 2016; 3.7 %
Key Facts

Full name: The People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
Population: 35.9 million (UN, 2011)
Area: 2.4 million sq km (919,595 sq miles)
Major languages: Arabic, French, Berber
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy:
72 years (men), 75 years (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 dinar = 100 centimes
Main exports: Oil, gas
GNI per capita: US $4,450 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .dz
International dialling code: +213


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  • Oil prices pile pressure on Algeria


    Recent years have seen a relatively strong economic performance from Algeria, although the IMF has noted that falling oil prices may weigh down near-term performance, highlighting the continued dominance of the hydrocarbon sector on growth.

  • Algeria struggles to adapt


    With oil and gas output diminishing, Algeria is desperate to diversify its economy and avoid a continued slide towards unsustainable fiscal deficits. The country’s political stability hinges on whether or not it succeeds.

    Algeria is one of the world’s gas powerhouses. It ranks 10th globally for both reserves and production, and its output is the highest in Africa. It is as well the continent’s third major oil producer.

  • Manufacturing investments may take root in Algeria


    Next decades of heavy dependence on hydrocarbons exports, Algeria has been working to increase price-added activity and local manufacturing, reduce its import bill and create additional employment opportunities. Evolution has been slow but the efforts have been recently rewarded with a spate of announcements of new investments in the manufacturing sector from both domestic and foreign players.

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    The country (Algeria) is situated in Northern Africa and bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia.
    it has borders with Western Sahara for 42km, , Morocco for 1559km, Libya for 982km Mali for 1376km, Mauritania for 463km, Niger for 956km and Tunisia for 965km.
    The Land in Algeria is usually with high plateau and desert and some mountains, narrow, with discontinuous coastal plain.
    The Algerian land covers an area of 2 381 740 km². The climate is arid to semiarid and mild with wet winters and with hot and dry summers along coast. Drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau with the sirocco who is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind particularly common in summer. Algerian(s) speak Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects.



    Growth reached an estimated 3.9% in 2015, mostly driven by agriculture and a rebound in oil and gas activity.
    With approximately 49% of government revenues and 96% of exports depending on the oil sector, the drop in oil prices has reduced budgetary and external savings, underscoring the need to diversify the sources of public finance.

  • Florian Westphal is the chief of the German section of Doctors Without Borders


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  • Youcef Yousfi, Minister of Energy and Mines.


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  • President Abdelaziz Bouteflika


    The President of Algeria is sworn in inside the Presidential Palace in Algiers. He reads the oath of office while placing one hand on the Koran.

  • Algiers


    Algiers is the capital city of Algeria in North Africa. Algiers is located on a bay of the Mediterranean Sea and is an significant port. Algiers was prime settled over 1000 years ago and has presently grown to a large city with a metropolitan people of over 3 million.

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    Algiers   is the capital and largest city of Algeria. According to the 1998 census, the people of the city proper was 1,519,570 and that of the urban agglomeration was 2,135,630.  In 2009, the people was about 3,500,000. An estimate puts the people at about 3,574,000 as of 2010.