Algerian Geography Stats

Climate summary:

The coastal quarter has a Mediterranean climate, while the rest is either a sandy desert or semi-desert on the interior's few hills. There is a strip of Sahel running through the far south and the climate is cooler in the mountain regions


  • Area > Comparative: The area of various small countries expressed in comparison to various areas within the United States of America.
  • Area > Comparative to US places: This entry provides an area comparison based on total area equivalents. Most entities are compared with the entire US or one of the 50 states based on area measurements (1990 revised) provided by the US Bureau of the Census. The smaller entities are compared with Washington, DC (178 sq km, 69 sq mi) or The Mall in Washington, DC (0.59 sq km, 0.23 sq mi, 146 acres).
  • Area > Land: Total land area in square kilometres
  • Area > Land > Per capita: Total land area in square kilometres Per capita figures expressed per 1,000 population.
  • Area > Total: Total area in square kilometers
  • Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year: Average rainfall is the long-term average in depth (over space and time) of annual precipitation in the country. Precipitation is defined as any kind of water that falls from clouds as a liquid or a solid.
  • Climate: A brief description of typical weather regimes throughout the year.
  • Coastline: The total length of the boundary between the land area (including islands) and the sea.
  • Geographic coordinates: This entry includes rounded latitude and longitude figures for the purpose of finding the approximate geographic center of an entity and is based on the Gazetteer of Conventional Names, Third Edition, August 1988, US Board on Geographic Names and on other sources.
  • Land area > Sq. km: Land area is a country's total area, excluding area under inland water bodies, national claims to continental shelf, and exclusive economic zones. In most cases the definition of inland water bodies includes major rivers and lakes."
  • Land area > Square miles: Country land area.
  • Location: The country's regional location, neighboring countries, and adjacent bodies of water.
  • Natural resources: A country's mineral, petroleum, hydropower, and other resources of commercial importance.
  • Surface area > Sq. km: Surface area is a country's total area, including areas under inland bodies of water and some coastal waterways.
  • Terrain: A brief description of the topography
Area > Comparative slightly less than 3.5 times the size of Texas 2013
Area > Comparative to US places slightly less than 3.5 times the size of Texas 2008
Area > Land 2.38 million sq km 2008 11th out of 235
Area > Land > Per capita 70.53 sq km per 1,000 people 2008 31st out of 224
Area > Total 2.38 million sq km 2013 11th out of 251
Average rainfall in depth > Mm per year 89 2008 164th out of 169
Climate arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer 2013
Coastline 998 km 2014 86th out of 242
Geographic coordinates 28 00 N, 3 00 E 2013
Land area > Sq. km 2.38 million sq km 2008 11th out of 199
Land area > Square miles 919,595 square miles 2013 5th out of 86
Location Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia 2013
Natural resources petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, uranium, lead, zinc 2013
Surface area > Sq. km 2.38 million km² 2005 11th out of 204
Terrain mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; All CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 18 December 2008; Food and Agriculture Organisation, electronic files and web site.; British Broadcasting Corporation 2014; World Development Indicators database


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Algeria Geography Profiles (Subcategories)

Area 11 Land boundaries 4
Environment 3 Land use 3
Freshwater withdrawal 6 Surface area 3
Land area 3
  • Algeria ranked second for area > total amongst Muslim countries in 2013.
  • Algeria ranked #4 for land area > sq. km amongst Hot countries in 2008.
  • Algeria ranked first for surface area > sq. km amongst Former French colonies in 2005.
  • Algeria ranked first for land boundaries > total amongst Middle Eastern and North Africa in 2013.