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Somalia is pronounced sow·maa·lee·uh” and is one of the 10 countries located in East Africa. The name Somalia comes from the indigenous Somali people. This country gained its independence on July 1, 1960 and is known as the ‘Horn of Africa’. As of 2022, there are about 300,000 people from Somalia that live in the United States according to VOA. Continue reading below to learn more about the beautiful African country, Somalia.

Federal Republic of Somalia African Country Flag

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What Does The Somalia Flag Represent?

  • BLUE: The blue color of the flag was initially influenced by the flag of the UN but today is said to denote the sky and the neighboring Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Aden, and the Guardafui Channel.
  • WHITE STAR: The five points of the star represent the five regions in the horn of Africa that are inhabited by Somali people: the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland (which together make up Somalia), Djibouti, Ogaden (Ethiopia), and the North East Province (Kenya).

Where is Somalia located?

Somalia is located in Southern Africa bordered by Djibouti, Ethiopia, and Kenya.

World Data Locator Map, Somalia

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What Timezone is Somalia in?

Somalia is in the East Africa Time Zone. The capital of Somalia, Mogadishu is 7 hours ahead of the east coast, 8 hours ahead of central standard time and 10 hours ahead of the west coast.


Facts About Somalia:

  1. Capital: Mogadishu
  2. Population: 17.07M
  3. Nationality: Somali
  4. Somalia made up of 18 regions
  5. Drinking age: 18 years old
  6. Side of road to drive on: Right


What Are The Official Languages of Somalia?

Somali and Arabic are the official languages of Somalia.

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What is the Currency in Somalia?

Currency: Shillings is the currency used in Somalia.

$1 = 577.50

$20 = 11550.00

$60 = 34650.00

Currency of Somalia a background

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Some popular Somali artist are; Aar Maanta and Waaberi.

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What Are The Religions of Somalia?

Somalia is an Islamic nation.


What Are The Traditional Foods of Somalia?


Tourist Attractions

Places to visit in Somalia:

  • Laas Geel
  • Hargeisa
  • Zeila


Is Somalia Safe?

Somalia is currently at a “Level 4: Do Not Travel

When traveling anywhere especially for the first time, you should be vigilant and take all possible precaution measures in order to minimize the risk of getting stolen from, hurt or put in danger.


I hope this information has given you more insight into Somalia but there is so much more to learn! Visit their tourism website here to see more.

Also be sure to checkout articles on each of the 54 countries in Africa by clicking here: Countries of Africa