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Republic of Dijibouti

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Capital city: Djibouti, largest city (main seaport and international airport).

Area: 23200 square km

National day: 27 June (Independence Day).

Independence: 27 June 1977. Formerly French Somaliland. Known as the French Territory of Afars and Issas 1967-1977.

Population: 676000 as of 2000

Leader: Ismael Omar Guelleh, born 1947. President as at the year 1999.

Languages: French and Arabic (both official), Afar (Danakil), Somali.

Currency: Djibouti francs (FA)

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