14 Facts About Djibouti

1. Djibouti is a multi-ethnic nation with a population of over 920,000.

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

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3. Djibouti was exchanged for the two FLCS members in Aden, South Yemen.

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4. Djibouti is a unitary presidential republic, with executive power resting in the presidency, which is by turn dominant over the cabinet, and legislative power in both the government and the National Assembly.

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

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6. China's presence in Djibouti is tied to strategic ports to ensure the security of Chinese assets.

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

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8. Djibouti 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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9. Wildlife of Djibouti is listed as part of Horn of Africa biodiversity hotspot and the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden coral reef hotspot.

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

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

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12. Tourism in Djibouti is one of the growing economic sectors of the country and is an industry that generates less than 80,000 arrivals per year, mostly the family and friends of the soldiers stationed in the country's major naval bases.

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13. Diocese of Djibouti serves the small local Catholic population, which it estimates numbered around 7,000 individuals in 2006.

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14. The history of Djibouti 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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