For delicious recipes from Djibouti, visit the linked recipes under “On the Menu” below.
- The national animal of Djibouti is the elk
- The country has one of the highest rates of illiteracy in the world, so now about ⅕ of the national budget goes to education
- Djibouti City (nicknamed the City of 7 Masks) holds 70% of the country’s population
About the Flag
The flag of Djibouti is made up of two stripes, as well as a triangle that extends from the flagpost side. The light blue stripe represents the Issa people and the green stripe represents the Afar people.
The white triangle extends from the left of the flag and represents the Samali inhabited territories of Greater Somalia. The red star inside of this triangle represents peace.
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The location of the country, on the Eastern side of Africa with access to many waterways, is an ideal place for any country to be located; it is the envy of most of the world for its ideal placement! Because of this, the location was highly desired as a territory, and was a longstanding territory of France!
The country used to be under French rule and was called French Somaliland. Later the name was changed to French Afar and Issa until it gained independence in 1977. The name was changed to Djibouti on that same day of independence… June 27 to be exact.
Now, Djibouti is a transit hub, and holds a large amount of military bases for other countries. Despite this, it tries to stay neutral in international conflict.
Djibouti is located on the horn of Africa. It is surrounded by Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia.
Approximately 90% of the land is desert land, and there are many active volcanoes, including Ardoukoba, which last erupted in 1978.
Lake Assal, located in Djibouti, is the lowest point in Africa. It is also the 2nd saltiest lake in the world, saltier even than the Dead Sea.
The People of Djibouti
Djibouti is the third smallest country in Africa, and its population sits below 100,000 people. 93% of the people in the country are Muslim, and the remainder are almost entirely Christian.
The official languages of the country are French and Arabic, though French is spoken more commonly.
Djiboutians are very kind, welcoming, and known to be very talkative.
Food of Djibouti
The food in Djibouti is a blend between many different countries/regions that have had their influence on the country over the years, including France, Somalia, the Middle East and more.
The country was also a common hotspot on the spice road that led to Timbuktu, meaning that many unique flavors and ingredients found their way to Djibouti at some point or another.
Because of the desert landscape of Djibouti, it is almost impossible to farm on most of the land. The country relies on imports for its food, which means that ingredients are normally very expensive. It is common practice to purchase a living animal to slaughter yourself on the day of the meal!