Algeria is one of the largest countries in the world, in terms of surface area at least, with its 2.3 million sq km placing it 11th.It borders 7 other African states, Libya (982km), Mali (1,376km), Morocco (1,559km), Mauritania (463km), Niger (956km), Tunisia (965km) an Western Sahara (42km). However, most of the country is taken over by the Sahara Desert, which explains a small population of just 35 million.
Algeria is very ethnic. Algerians are not of any particualar race but a conglomeration of people whose origins can be traced to more than tenth of thousands of years as indicated by archeological findings in many parts of the country. Algeria has also been invaded by all sorts of people who settled there as well; Romans, Turks, Arabs, Vikings, Spaniards, exiled Barbarians .... and most recently the French. Most of the population is Berber. Algeria is a country rich in all kinds of natural resources but very poor in management at all levels. It is still a young country that has been at the mercy of power thirsty individuals or the military who has been in its control since the 1962 independance from France. It is a beautiful country indeed, with great people who are frustrated at this faulty management that terribly affect their lives. There is an urgent need in fighting corruption and also in planning, organizing and managing all aspects of that country. Many countries are not fortunate to have resources and tourism potential like Algeria, but their lack of it causes them to excel at what Algeria does not excel at: Management!
Madjer 13th November 2010
Berbers are not an ethnic minority in Algeria. Please get your facts straight. Most Algerians are berber, though most do not speak The Berber languages.
Jessie 8th February 2007
how do I find info on algeria's capital
Encarta 3rd December 2004
Algeria is a country in North Africa. The main religion is Islam. The main languages are Arabic and Berber. Algeria became independent from France in 1962. The country is now a presidential republic where despite democratic structures there is no fair chance for the opposition. The military has a strong influence. Islamists are in violent opposition against the government. Berber activists are striving after a defence of the Berber rights.