Key Facts

Country Algeria
Wilaya Algiers
Re-founded AD 944
 • Wali (Governor) M. Mohamed Kebir Addou
 • City 1,190 km2 (460 sq mi)
 • Metro 363 km2 (140 sq mi)
Highest elevation 424 m (1,391 ft)
Lowest elevation 2 m (7 ft)
Population (2011)
 • City 3,415,811
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,400/sq mi)
 • Metro 5,000,000
 • Metro density 14,000/km2 (36,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
Postal codes 16000–16132
Area code(s) (+213) 021

  • Climate change laws around the world


    There has been a 20-fold increase in the number of global climate change laws since 1997, according to the most comprehensive database of relevant policy and legislation.

    The database, produced by the Grantham Research Institute on Climate Change and the Environment and the Sabin Center on Climate Change Law, includes more than 1,200 relevant policies across 164 countries, which account for 95% of global greenhouse gas emissions.

  • 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.

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


    The 28-country European Union has told member states that expressing regret over the new migrant tragedy was no substitute for action. Some 200 migrants were feared drowned at the same time as their vessel sank off the Libyan coast.

    One NGO helping to save shipwrecked migrants in the Mediterranean Sea is the medical charity Doctors Without Borders. DW has been talking to the chief of their German section, Florian Westphal.