Essential info for Algeria

Population: Around 40.6 million

Capital: Algiers (also largest city)

Neighbouring countries: Algeria is bordered by Tunisia to the northeast, Libya to the east, Morocco to the west, the Western Sahara, Mauritania and Mali to the southwest, and Niger to the southeast. The north of Algeria is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea. 

Geography: Algeria is the largest country in Africa by landmass and is covered mostly by the Sahara Desert. The Atlas Mountains sit to the north, with the highest point being Mount Tahat, and the country enjoys a vast coastline along the Mediterranean Sea.

Political system: Unitary semi-presidential people’s republic

Major languages: Arabic. Berber and French are also widely spoken.

Major religion: Sunni Islam

Money: The Dinar (DZD) is the official currency.

Time zone: GMT+1

Electricity: 230v 50hz. Algeria uses the European plug, type C.

International dialing code: +213

Internet domain: .dz

Emergency number: 112 from a mobile.

Transport and driving: Cars in Algeria drive on the right. Taxis are plentiful in main cities, but expats will likely need their own vehicle for getting around, especially if travelling to more remote areas.

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