Did You Know: Algeria?


Whoever said size doesn’t matter has not been to Algeria! When they say Africa is a country, they must have toured Algeria and concluded that yes, this is a continent of one huge country. You know what, they may be right. So how about we delve into this huge nation and see what else (other than the desert of course) makes it unique? 

  1. In early times the region was known as Numidia. Oran the second largest city in Algeria comes from the Berber word Wahran which means ‘Two Lions’ after sightings of the animals were seen in the area circa 900 BC.
  2. The Sahara Desert covers 80% of this beautiful country. This means it can get overbearingly hot over there. Explains why they have really hot ladies! If you are scared of the heat, at least that should give you a reason to visit. 
  3. The traditional way to welcome a visitor to Algeria is by offering Dates and Milk. Talk about generosity!
  4. By area, Algeria is the largest country in Africa. It is the tenth-largest country in the world. With about a population of 38 million, Algeria is the 35th most populated country on Earth.
  5. Arabic, spoken by 80% of the population, is the national language of Algeria.
  6. The emblematic animal of Algeria is the Fennec, the national football team (soccer) is called “les fennecs”
  7. Algeria has competed at every summer Olympics since 1964, winning five gold medals.
  8. In 2007, a court in Algeria had to rule on the ownership of a donkey which had eaten the money brought by a purchaser for its sale.
  9. St Augustine of Hippo (354-430) was the most famous Algerian of all. Hippo is now Annaba.
  10. Alcoholic drinks are seldom found in Algeria, largely because of the country’s Islamic orientation. In fact, alcoholic drinks are not sold at all in many of the food establishments – and even if they are available, they are often not listed on the menu.
  11. Unlike in other Islamic nations, women in Algeria have gained more prominent status in the society, they have a bigger household income contribution than men.
  12. And lastly, Algerian singer Cheb Mami sang with Sting on 1999 hit Desert Rose.