Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea.
Much of the history of Algeria has taken place on the fertile coastal plain of North Africa, which is often called the Maghreb (or Maghrib).
Makamba Online gives you some interesting facts about this beautiful country:
- The national day in Algeria is on November 1st. It’s also called “Revolution Day”.
- The left half of the Algeria flag is green and the right side is white. There is a red crescent and red star in the middle of the Algerian flag. The green color represents Islam and the white represents purity. The crescent on the Algerian flag has become an Islamic symbol.
- The highest weather temperature that was ever recorded in Algeria is 60.5 Celsius.
- Only 12% of the total land is inhabited. More than 90% of the population lives along the Mediterranean coast-lands.
- There are seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Algeria. As a result of the country’s rich history, there are many sites built by its former rulers and many by its indigenous people.These sites were marked as world heritage sites because of the wealth of information they have about a people and time long gone.
- Among these sites are Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad and Tassili n’Ajjer. Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad consists of ruins that give visitors an idea of a fortified mosque in the 11th century. Be sure to check out next time you are in Algeria.
- Women in Algeria, unlike those in other Islamic nations, make up 60 percent of the student population. They also have considerable prominence in society as 70 percent of Algeria’s lawyers and 60 percent of its judges are women. Algerian women make a larger contribution to household income than their male counterparts.
- The countryside ruins at Djemila, Tipaza and Timgad are some of the most fascinating attractions to view in Algeria.
- The historical city of Tlemcen, Grand Mosque, Almohad ramparts and Masourah Fortress are some worthwhile destinations to visit in this North African country.
- Algeria grows large amounts of olives, tobacco, wheat, barley, oats and citrus fruits and a major exporter of figs, dates, esparto grass and cork.
- Couscous is the national dish of Algeria.
- Athletics, handball and football (soccer) are the most popular sports in Algeria.
- Hospitality is important among the Algerian people. It is a blend of Arabic customs with French Gallic traditions. Everyone is cordial to strangers and friends alike. In a small gathering, it is polite to greet each person individually, beginning with the elders. Handshakes are common but using your fingers to point at objects or people is considered rude. Never use the left hand separately: when handing someone something, do it with the right hand or both hands.
Author: Gesture Chidhanguro