Gambia, The
Republic of The Gambia

Capital
Banjul

Area
4,363 sq mi
11,300 sq km


Population
1,501,050 est 2003

Largest city
Serekunda
pop. 344,100


Languages
English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous tongues

Peoples
African 99% (Mandinka 42%, Fula 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%, other 4%), non-African 1%

Religion
Islam 90% Christianity 9%, indigenous beliefs 1%

Life Expectancy
total population: 54.79 years
male: 52.76 years
female: 56.87 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
Total population: 40.1%
male: 47.8%
female: 32.8% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universall

Government
Republic under multiparty democratic rule


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