21 Gallant Facts about Gambia
- Gambia is a small, long and thin country in West Africa which follows the winding course of the Gambia River.
- It is bordered by Senegal to the north, east and south, with a coastline along the North Atlantic Ocean to the west.
- The coordinates for Gambia are 13.4667° N, 16.6000°
- Want to call your friends in Gambia? You’ll need the international dialling which is +220.
- The terrain here is mostly flood plain along the Gambia River, flanked by some low hills and luscious forests.
- The total land area of Gambia is 4,361 square miles (11,295 square kilometres).
- This makes Gambia the smallest country in mainland Africa.
- Gambia’s population was 2.101 million in 2017.
- Much of the population descend from different tribes including Serahuli, Fula, Wolof and Mandinka.
Flag of the Gambia
- The capital is Banjul which covers an area of 4.6 square miles (12 square kilometres) and has a population of 35,000 (2019).
- The average life span here is 61.19 years (2016).
- Gambia was a British colony from 1765 until 1965!
- The residents of Gambia enjoy a tropical climate with 2 seasons. The hot, rainy season is June to November and the cooler, dry season is November to May.
- The official language of Gambia is English, although Mandinka, Wolof and Fula are also spoken here.
- In Gambia, business deals are apparently based on relationships and trust, rather than salesmanship.
- Allegedly, no area of Gambia is populated by a single ethnic group.
- During elections, Gambians vote using a stone in a private booth; they are presented with holes in the ground marked with each candidate, they drop the stone in the hole they choose and done! Very eco-friendly, saves on paper!
- The Gambian Dalasi is the official currency here.
- Gambia grows peanuts, rice, sorghum and millet, rears cattle, sheep and goats and catches fish.
- Its industry consists of tourism, fish, processing peanuts, beverages and agricultural machinery assembly.
- Gambia also exports fish, peanut products, palm kernels and cotton lint.
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