77 Facts About Djibouti City

1. Djibouti City is the capital and largest city of Djibouti, which is named after it.

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2. In 2002, Djibouti City became a key US military base used to combat terrorism.

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3. Djibouti City was acquired by France between 1843 and 1886 through treaties with the Somali sultans.

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4. Djibouti City lies in northeast Africa on the Gulf of Aden at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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5. Djibouti City is bordered by Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia to the west and south, and Somalia to the southeast.

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6. Djibouti City hopes the TNG can form the basis for bringing peace and stability to Somalia.

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7. Djibouti City is on seismically active terrain, at the meeting point of the Arabian and African tectonic plates, with frequent tremors and thick layers of lava flow from past volcanic activity.

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8. Djibouti City is part of the Afar Triangle, a three-sided structural depression that forms part of the East African Rift Valley.

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9. Djibouti City is a small, desert country on the coast of the Horn of Africa.

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10. Djibouti City is a small but strategically important republic on the coast of northeastern Africa.

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11. Djibouti City has one weekly newspaper, the government-owned La Nation de Djibouti, which had a circulation of 4,300 in 2000.

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12. Djibouti City is divided into five cercles, or districts, with councils and appointed administrators.

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13. Djibouti City is a developing African country located on the Gulf of Aden.

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14. In 2001, US exports to Djibouti City totaled $18.7 million while US imports from Djibouti were about $1 million.

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15. Djibouti City is a cash-based economy and credit cards are not widely accepted.

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16. In 2002, Djibouti City agreed to host a US military presence at Camp Lemonier, a former French Foreign Legion base outside the capital that now houses approximately 1,800 American personnel.

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17. Djibouti City has allowed the US military, as well as other nations, access to its port and airport facilities.

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18. Djibouti City has one of the most liberal economic regimes in Africa, with almost unrestricted banking and commerce sectors.

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19. In 2001, US exports to Djibouti City totaled $18.7 million, while US imports from Djibouti were about $1 million.

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20. Djibouti City became the only significant port for landlocked Ethiopia, handling all its imports and exports, including huge shipments of US food aid in 2000 during the drought and famine.

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21. Djibouti City is a republic whose electorate approved the current constitution in September 1992.

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22. The Republic of Djibouti City was established on June 27, 1977, and Hassan Gouled Aptidon became the country's first president.

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23. Djibouti City maintains a cultural exchange and education agreement with France.

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24. Djibouti City is the base of a large French overseas military force consisting of three thousand men, with one Foreign Legion battalion that helps control the strategic Red Sea entrance and the port, mediates in domestic conflicts, and protects the republic against its neighbors.

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25. Djibouti City produces only 5 percent of its own food needs, making it a huge food importer from Ethiopia and Somalia (meat and dairy products).

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26. Djibouti City lies in a hot, arid area of the Horn of Africa.

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27. Djibouti City had no identity as a state or national unit before 1859, when the French concluded a treaty with the local Afar sultan of Obock.

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28. Djibouti City lies just south of the entryway to the Red Sea.

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29. Djibouti City is linked to Europe by several Air France flights per week to Paris.

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30. Djibouti City sits astride the East Africa, Red Sea, and Gulf of Aden rift systems, providing a singular environment for studying movements of these three tectonic plates.

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31. Djibouti City shares with Ethiopia and the Republic of Yemen direct access to the strategic strait of Bab el Mandab, which controls the southern approach to the Red Sea.

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32. Djibouti City has only a few pools, but beaches are plentiful, fairly clean, and enjoyable.

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33. Djibouti City succeeded in raising 31 percent of the GDP as government revenue in 1997.

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34. Djibouti City broke off diplomatic links with Eritrea and forged solid links with the ruling Ethiopian party in 1998.

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35. Djibouti City was known as French Somaliland until 1967 when it was renamed the French Territory of the Afars and the Issas; it became Djibouti at independence in 1977.

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36. Djibouti City has had a stable government since independence under the ruling People's Progress Assembly, namely the presidencies of Hassan Gouled and his successor Ismael Gouleh.

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37. Djibouti City has a land area of 23,000 square kilometers, making it slightly smaller than the US state of Massachusetts.

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38. Djibouti City is situated in the Horn of Africa, at the southern entrance to the Red Sea, bordering the Gulf of Aden.

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39. Djibouti City has one primary weekly newspaper, the government-owned La Nation de Djibouti, which had a circulation of 4,300 in 2000.

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40. In 1983, Djibouti City inaugurated a powerful state-owned AM radio transmitting station, built with French and FRG funds.

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41. Djibouti City is situated in one of the least stable regions of the world, and it occupies a highly strategic location facing the Saudi Arabian peninsula, straddling the choke point between the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden.

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42. Djibouti City had about 100 km of single-track, narrow gauge railway in 2004, which linked the capital with Addis Ababa.

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43. Djibouti City is situated on the east coast of Africa along the Bab al-Mandab, the strait that links the Red Sea with the Gulf of Aden.

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44. The history of Djibouti City is recorded in the poetry and songs of its nomadic people, and goes back thousands of years to a time when the peoples of Djibouti traded hides and skins for the perfumes and spices of ancient Egypt, India and China.

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45. The Constitution of Djibouti City names Islam as the sole state religion, and provides for the equality of citizens of all faiths and freedom of religious practice (Article 11).

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46. Djibouti City has an installed electrical power generating capacity of 126 MW from fuel oil and diesel plants.

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47. Air Djibouti City is the flag carrier of Djibouti City and is the country's largest airline.

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48. Djibouti City was ranked the 177th safest investment destination in the world in the March 2011 Euromoney Country Risk rankings.

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49. Djibouti City has eight mountain ranges with peaks of over 1,000 metres.

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50. Djibouti City has a total area of 23,200 square kilometres.

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51. Djibouti City is situated in the Horn of Africa on the Gulf of Aden and the Bab-el-Mandeb, at the southern entrance to the Red Sea.

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52. Djibouti City is partitioned into six administrative regions, with Djibouti city representing one of the official regions.

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53. Djibouti City maintains close ties with the governments of Somalia, Ethiopia, France and the United States.

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54. Djibouti City has a dominant-party system, with the People's Rally for Progress controlling the legislature and the executive since its foundation in 1979 (the party currently rules as a part of the Union for a Presidential Majority, which currently holds a supermajority of seats).

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55. Djibouti City is strategically located near some of the world's busiest shipping lanes, controlling access to the Red Sea and Indian Ocean.

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56. Djibouti City is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 942,333 inhabitants.

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57. Djibouti City joined the United Nations the same year, on 20 September 1977.

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58. Djibouti City broke free from France's direct control on June 27, 1977.

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59. In 2016, Djibouti City exported US$101.4 million worth of goods around the globe.

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60. Djibouti City is a major transit location for those migrants, especially from Ethiopia, who seek to cross over to Yemen, and ultimately to the Arab Peninsula.

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61. Djibouti City is the largest and most important educational center in the nation.

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62. Port of Djibouti City is one of the largest and busiest seaports in the Horn region.

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63. The main bus hub in Djibouti City is the Central Bus Station, located at the crossing of Rue de Bender.

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64. Djibouti City is a major transportation hub, served by a comprehensive public transport network.

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65. Djibouti City has established a high-profile reputation as a host city of international sporting events.

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66. Djibouti City has long been renowned for its diverse cuisine.

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67. Djibouti City has long been a center of media in the country.

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68. Djibouti City is the most populous settlement in Djibouti, and has a vibrant cultural life.

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69. Djibouti City has numerous hotels in all categories, from luxury to basic, as well as many restaurants offering Djiboutian specialities and other foods.

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70. Djibouti City is home to the Armoured Regiment of Djibouti.

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71. Djibouti City has the distinction of being both a city and an administrative province.

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72. Djibouti City is home to different architectural styles that represent various periods in its history.

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73. Djibouti City is the capital and largest settlement in Djibouti, situated in the Horn of Africa.

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74. Djibouti City became the center of exports from southern Ethiopia and the Ogaden, including trade in Harari coffee and khat.

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75. Djibouti City has the second-largest economy of any city in the Horn of Africa after Addis Ababa.

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76. The Port of Djibouti City is the principal maritime port for imports to and exports from neighboring Ethiopia.

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77. Djibouti City is the eponymous capital and largest city of Djibouti.

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