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REVOLUTION DAY IN ALGERIA. Ten Facts You Must Know About the Beautiful Country

Every November 1st is a National day in Algeria which is called REVOLUTION DAY. This day commemorates the period Algeria stood up to France rule and sought for freedom after an uprising which is also know us the 'Red (bloody) All Saints' Day' (French: Toussaint Rouge).

As the whole nation celebrates this special day, CommentsAfrica will like to highlight some intriguing facts about Algeria.
FACT 1: Algeria is in North Africa and is located on the Mediterranean Ocean with Morocco to the West and Tunisia to the East.  Algeria has ones been ruled by Romans, Germanic tribes, Byzantines, the Spanish, Turks and the French. In its earliest time, the country was known as Numidia.
Algeria, is by far, now the largest country in Africa and the tenth-largest in the world, with a population size of 40,263,711 million people and a total area of 2,381,741 Square Kilometers. It must be noted that only 12 percent of the total land size of Algeria is inhabited. The remaining 88 percent of the country is covered by the Sahara Desert. The capital city which is also the largest city is Algiers.

 FACT 2: Algeria is commonly called the country of cherries and dates. This refers to the various types of weather found here; a mild climate in the north and a dry, hot one in the Saharan south. Algerian dates are known to be some of the best on earth. Visitors are traditionally greeted by being offered dates and milk.  Algeria’s official language is Arabic. They also speak, Berber (called Tamazight and Amazigh) or French. The Algerian Arabic (called darja) is spoken by well over half the population as well. Although English is not commonly spoken, it is taught in Algerian schools.
Algerian dinars (DZD) is the official currency of the county.

FACT 3: Women in Algeria, unlike those in other Islamic nations, make up 60 percent of the student population. Women make up 70% of the country's lawyers and 60% of its judges, as well as dominating the field of medicine. Increasingly, women contribute more to household income. It must be noted that over 60% of university students are women.

The best three universities in Algeria are:
1 Université Kasdi Merbah de Ouargla found in Ouargla
2 Université Abou Bekr Belkaid Tlemcen found in Tlemcen
3 Université des Frères Mentouri de Constantine, found in Constantine
 FACT 4: All but two percent of Algeria’s exports are fossil fuels. Petroleum and natural gas make up 98 percent of the country’s exports. The country’s crude oil reserves are the 16th largest in the world with 12,200 million barrels of oil reserves (at the start of 2017). Algeria is the largest supplier of natural gas to the EU with Oil contributing over 60% of government revenue, and 30% of GDP. Currently (2017) the GDP of Algeria stands at: $173.95 billion USD (2017) Algeria is also Africa’s largest oat market

FACT 5: The favorite dish of Algerians is Couscous which is a perfect complement to any meal. This dish is composed of small pellets of steamed semolina topped with meat, vegetables, and various spices.
As an Islamic state, adherence to strict rules and regulation is what characterizes the Algerian society but is still noted to be one of the friendliness Arab countries to live in.

FACT 6: In Algeria, there is a six months of military service which is compulsory for males. The Algeria's armed forces is one of the sophisticated and well advance army in Africa with about 150,000 active personnel, over 120,000 officers and men, plus reserves of up to more than 150,000. Weaponry includes over 920 main battle tanks, 139 reconnaissance vehicles, 1,084 armored infantry fighting vehicles, 910 armored personnel carriers, and 1,019 artillery pieces. The Navy has an estimated over 7,500 active personnel. Major naval units included 2 tactical submarines, 3 frigates, 6 corvettes, 24 patrol/coastal vessels, 3 amphibious landing craft and 3 logistics/support ships.
 FACTS 7: The first Algerian president is Ahmed Ben Bella. He was elected in 1963 and served for only 2 years. His .Excellency, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, is the current president of Algeria and the fifth since 1999. As President, he successfully presided over the end of the bloody Algerian Civil War in 2002, and gallantly ended emergency rule in February 2011 amidst regional unrest.

 FACT 8: Khaled Hadj Ibrahim better known on stage as Khaled, is a renowned Oran born Algerian musician, singer and songwriter. He is the most internationally famous Algerian singer in the Arab world and across many continents. His popularity has earned him the unofficial title "King of Raï

FACT 9: Algeria is also a sport loving country and her national football team (soccer) is named after the animal: “Les Fennecs. The fennec is a small desert fox with disproportionately large ears. Algeria has competed at every summer Olympics since 1964, winning five gold medals and 17 medals overall. They won two silver medals in the 2016 games in Brazil. Rabah Madjer is the head coach of the Les Fennecs with Raïs M'Bolhi as captain. The all-time top scorer for the national team is Abdelhafid Tasfaout (34) with the most capped player being Lakhdar Belloumi (100). Algeria has qualified for four World Cups in 1982 , 1986 , 2010 and 2014 , and has won the African Cup of Nations once in 1990,when they hosted the tournament. At the 2014 World Cup , Algeria became the first African team to score four goals in a match at the World Cup against South Korea.
The Mustapha Tchaker  July 5, 1962 Stadium in Algiers is the sixth-largest African stadium by capacity (64,000) whiles the most successful club in Algeria by far remains JS Kabylie (14-time champions).

FACTS 10: Interesting places to visit when you come to Algeria includes the Tassili n’ajjer, M’zab, El Kala National Park and Bordji Bou Arreridj Province as well as the beautiful town of Ouargla, which is considered the “the Golden Key to the desert” plus many luxurious hotels, restaurants, beaches across the beauty Green and White country.

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