Are you interested in learning some fun facts about Algeria?
Whether you’re planning to visit Algeria in the near future or just want to know more about this North African country, this list of facts is sure to get you excited!
Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Algeria facts:
1. Algeria is the largest country in Africa by area. At 919,595 sq mi (2,381,741 sq km), it is also the 10th largest country in the world, just a tiny bit larger than its African Union partner, the Democratic Republic of the Congo. To put it in perspective, Algeria is about 3.5x the size of Texas.
2. Algeria is home to seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The seven that made the list are:
- Al Qal’a of Beni Hammad (cultural)
- Djémila (cultural)
- Kasbah of Algiers (cultural)
- M’Zab Valley (cultural)
- Timgad (cultural)
- Tipasa (cultural)
- Tassili n’Ajjer (cultural & natural)
3. Algeria borders seven countries and the Mediterranean Sea. Algeria’s border neighbors include Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Niger, Tunisia, and Western Sahara. Directly to its north, across the Mediterranean Sea, are Spain, Italy, and France.
4. Algeria has designated ten national parks. These Algerian national parks are: Tassili n’Ajjer, Ahaggar, Chréa, Théniet El Had, El Kala, Gouraya, Djurdjura, Belezma, Tlemcen, and Taza.
5. The Sahara covers somewhere between 80-90% of Algeria. Most of the population live along the Mediterranean coast in the north of Algeria, as the Sahara can be quite inhospitable to life (human life, at least).
6. Algeria celebrates its independence from France on July 5 each year. The Algerian War of Independence lasted almost a decade, from 1954–1962, and somewhere between 350,000 to 1 million Algerians perished in the war. Finally, on July 5, 1962, French President Charles De Gaulle decalared Algeria to be an independent country.
7. Sonatrach is an Algerian state-owned oil company and the largest company in all of Africa. Sonatrach has 154 subsidiaries which are quite diverse, including even ownership in an airline (Tassili Airlines).
Well, that’s all our Algeria facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Algeria we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!