2. Over 1 million and a half million Algerians died during the country's fight for independence from France which they achieved in 1962.
3. Algeria is the largest exporter of propane/butane in the world.
4. The highest ever recorded temperature in Algeria was 60.5 degrees centigrade.
5. Algeria has the largest oat market in Africa.
6. Constantine is twinned with Istanbul and Grenoble in France.
7. 80%-90% of Algeria is in the Sahara desert.
8. Oran the second largest city in Algeria comes from the Berber word
Wahran which means 'Two Lions' after sightings of the animals were seen
in the area circa 900 BC.
9. Three languages are spoken. Arabic, Berber and French.
10. Situated in the Ahaggar mountains, Mount Tahat is the country's highest peak at 3,003m.
11. Algeria is three times the size of Texas.
12. The biggest sand dunes are located in Algeria.
13. 'A sensible enemy is better than a narrow minded friend' is one of Algeria's proverbs.
14. Couscous is Algeria's national dish.
15. Arabic, spoken by 80% of the population, is the national language of Algeria.
16. 70% of lawyers and 60% of judges are women. 60% of university students
are women. In many families, women are contributing more to the
household income than men.
17. 30% of the population is under the age of 15.
18. 70% of the population live in the northern coastal regions of the country.
19. Algeria grows large amounts of olives, tobacco, wheat, barley, oats and citrus fruits.
20. Fossils fuels are the major export of Algeria.
21. There are many ergs (sand dunes) in Algeria.
22. The French invaded Algeria in 1830. The invasion was extremely violent
and almost one third of the Algerian population were killed. Algeria did
not achieve independence from France until 1962.
23. The Romans took control of Algeria in 200BC.