Somalia
Somali Democratic Republic

Capital
Mogadishu

Area
246,199 sq mi
637,657 sq km


Population
8,025,190 est 2003

Largest city
Mogadishu
pop. 1,208,800


Languages
Somali (official), Arabic, Italian, English

Peoples
Somali 85%, Bantu, Arabs
Religion
Islam (Sunni)

Life Expectancy
total population: 47.71 years
male: 46.02 years
female: 49.46 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 37.8%
male: 49.7%
female: 25.8% (2001 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
No permanent national government; transitional, parliamentary national government


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