People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

Capital Algiers
Religion Islam
Language Arabic[3]Berber[4]
Area Total 2,381,741 km2 (919,595 sq mi) (10th) Water (%) 1.1
Capital Algiers
Population 42,200,000 [6]
Currency Dinar (DZD)
Dialing code +213
Time Zone UTC+1 (CET)


Algeria (/ælˈɪəriə/ (About this soundlisten)Arabicالجزائر‎ al-Jazā'irAlgerian Arabic الدزاير al-dzāyīrFrenchAlgérie), officially the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria (Arabicالجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية‎), is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. The capital and most populous city is Algiers, located in the far north of the country on the Mediterranean coast. With an area of 2,381,741 square kilometres (919,595 sq mi), Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa. Algeria is bordered to the northeast by Tunisia, to the east by Libya, to the west by Morocco, to the southwest by the Western Saharan territory, Mauritania, and Mali, to the southeast by Niger, and to the north by the Mediterranean Sea. The country is a semi-presidential republic consisting of 48 provinces and 1,541 communes (counties). It has the highest Human development index of all non-island African countries.

Ancient Algeria has known many empires and dynasties, including ancient NumidiansPhoeniciansCarthaginiansRomansVandalsByzantinesUmayyadsAbbasidsIdrisidAghlabidRustamidFatimidsZiridHammadidsAlmoravidsAlmohadsSpaniardsOttomans and the French colonial empireBerbers are the indigenous inhabitants of Algeria.

Algeria is a regional and middle power. It supplies large amounts of natural gas to Europe, and energy exports are the backbone of the economy. According to OPEC Algeria has the 16th largest oil reserves in the world and the second largest in Africa, while it has the 9th largest reserves of natural gasSonatrach, the national oil company, is the largest company in Africa. Algeria has one of the largest militaries in Africa and the largest defence budget on the continent; most of Algeria's weapons are imported from Russia, with whom they are a close ally. Algeria is a member of the African Union, the Arab LeagueOPEC, the United Nations and is a founding member of the Arab Maghreb Union