Djibouti is a county in Africa that neighbors Somalia, Ethiopia and Eritrea. A small nation, both in size and population, Djibouti received Independence from France in 1977. How many of these fun Djibouti facts did you know?
- Nobody is 100% sure how Djibouti got its name, but there are two leading theories: One suggests that a creature known as a Bouti from a local legend was the inspiration. Another theory holds that it stems from a local word meaning “uplands”.
- Djibouti City is the name of Djibouti’s capital city, which is home to over half of the nation’s population: The city has the nickname Pearl of the Gulf of Tadjoura, and has also been called the French Hong Kong in reference to the cosmopolitan nature of the city.
- The tallest point in Djibouti is the Mousa Ali volcano, at a height of 2,021 metres (6,631 ft): The volcano has not erupted for over 11,000 years, so it’s unlikely to cause any issues for Djibouti in the near future!
- The services sector is Djibouti’s main economic driver, accounting for nearly 80% of national GDP: With the nation’s strategic location in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is ideally placed from a marine transport perspective.
- The national airline, Air Djibouti, is also known as Red Sea Airlines: The airline operated from 1963 to 2002, and relaunched in 2016. It currently has only one plane in service, a Boeing 767.
- Tourism is a growing sector, but Djibouti still only welcomes under 100,000 foreign arrivals per year: In 1995, around 20,000 tourists visited the nation, and this number climbed to over 60,000 by 2013.
- The most popular sport in Djibouti is football, but so far the national team has yet to enjoy any great success: Perhaps their biggest achievement to date has been defeating the Somalian national team during a qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
- Some popular local dishes include Soupe Djiboutienne – a spicy beef soup, and yetakelt wet – a spicy vegetable stew: As you may have guessed from these two dishes, Djibouti cuisine uses a lot of spices!
- Djibouti’s national flag was adopted when the nation receive independence in 1977: It features a red star, representing the blood shed by martyrs during the fight for independence. The blue and green represent the two major ethnic groups in Djibouti.