Somalia profile

Women walking past ruined building in Mogadishu Mogadishu bears the scars of decades of fighting
  • Population: 9.8 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Mogadishu
  • Area: 637,657sq km (246,201 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Somali, Arabic, Italian, English
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 50 years (men), 53 years (women)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Somali shilling = 100 cents
  • Main exports: Livestock, bananas, hides, fish
  • GNI per capita: n/a
  • Internet domain: .so
  • International dialling code: +252

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