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French and Arabic (both official), Somali, Afar

Ethnic Groups

Somali 60%, Afar 35%, French, Arab, Ethiopian, and Italian 5%


Djibouti franc

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Djibouti (official name: the Republic of Djibouti) is a small country located in the eastern part of Africa - in the region known as the Horn of Africa. The country shares its borders with Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia, as also with the Red Sea.

The modern history of Djibouti is very recent: it was earlier known as French Somaliland and was a French colony, and gained independence in 1977. However, the land and the people of Djibouti has a long history. The folklres and folk songs of the people tell of its glorious past and its relationship with distant lands and people. In ancient time, the people traded hides and skins for perfumes and spices and had trading relationship with Ancient Egypt, India and China. The contact with the Arabian Peninsula is older than 1,000 years. The population is predominantly Muslims and the country regularly sends its representatives to participate meetings convened by Arab nations. in Islamic and Arab meetings.

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