Eritrea
State of Eritrea

Capital
Asmara

Area
46,842 sq mi
121,320 sq km


Population
4,362,254 est 2003

Largest city
Asmara
pop. 400,000


Languages
Afar, Arabic, Tigre and Kunama, Tigrinya, Bilen, Nara, Saho, other Cushitic languages

Peoples
ethnic Tigrinya 50%, Tigre and Kunama 40%, Afar 4%, Saho (Red Sea coast dwellers) 3%

Religion
Islam, Coptic Christian

Life Expectancy
total population: 52.7 years
male: 51.32 years
female: 54.12 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 58.6%
male: 69.9%
female: 47.6% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Transitional government


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