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Geography
The Republic of Djibouti is in Eastern Africa. It is bordered by Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia, the Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

The capital is the city of Djibouti. Other urban areas include Ali Sabieh, Dikhil, Obock and Tadjoura.

The terrain consists of coastal plain, plateau, and central mountains.

Djibouti is very hot and humid. Rainfall is minimal.

Environment
Much of Djibouti is volcanic desert.

The Foret du Day, the remainder of forest that once covered the area, became a National Park in 1939 under French administration.

Haramous-Loyada, a coastal area, is designated by Ramsar as a Wetland of International Importance. The Ile de Haramous and the surrounding islets provide habitats for over seventy species of water birds.

Coral reefs off the coast are home to a variety of fish, such as clownfish and parrotfish. Other sea creatures include dolphins, sharks and whales.

Architecture
The French designed the city of Djibouti on a grid street plan. Today, the old Colonial buildings are in need of renovation.

The most impressive structure in Djibouti is the Presidential Palace which overlooks the harbour.

Population
The population of Djibouti was estimated at 506,220 in 2008.

Languages
Arabic and French are both official languages. Other languages spoken are Somali and Afar.

Religion
The majority of Djiboutians are Muslim. There is a small percentage of Christians.

Food
Much of the food in Djibouti is imported due to lack of suitable agricultural land.

Traditional foods are meat and dairy products. Local fishermen catch fish and shellfish.

French and other European cuisines have influenced food in urban areas. French baguettes are popular.

Vegetables and fruits available include carrots, cabbages, green beans, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, citrus fruits, dates, mangoes, papayas, pineapples, and watermelons.

Soft drinks are produced locally.

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