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  General and Old World HistoryAfricaBritish West AfricaThe Gambia
 
Republic of The Gambia

map of The Gambia

location of The GambiaLocation western Africa
Bordered By
Senegal

Area 4,361 sq mi (11,295 sq km)
Greatest Distance N-S 30 mi (48 km)
Greatest Distance E-W 180 mi (290 km)
Highest Point unnamed; 174 ft (53 m)
Lowest Point sea level
Natural Resources
clay, silica sand, titanium, tin, zircon

Nationality Gambian
Population
(July 2015 est) 1,967,709
Largest Cities Brikama, Bakau, Banjul, Farafenni
Major Ethnic Groups Mandinka, Fula, Wolof, Jola, Serahuli
Principal Languages English (official), Mandinka, Fula, Wolof
Major Religions Musli,. Christian

Capital Banjul
Form of Government republic
Current Constitution Adopted August 8, 1996
Chief of State and Head of Government
President Yahya Jammeh (since October 18, 1996)
Cabinet
appointed by the President
Legislature
unicameral National Assembly
Judiciary
Supreme Court of The Gambia
Local Administration
5 divisions, 1 city

Currency Dalasis (GMD)
Per Capita Income
$1,600
Industries
peanuts, fish, hides, tourism, beverages, agricultural machinery assembly, woodworking, metalworking, clothing
Agricultural Products
rice, millet, sorghum, peanuts, corn, sesame, cassava, palm kernels; cattle, sheep goats
Export Commodities
peanut products, fish, cotton lint, palm kernels
Import Commodities
foodstuffs, manufactures, fuel, machinery, transport equipment

Independence Achieved February 18, 1965
From
United Kingdom
National Holiday
Independence Day; February 18
Flag
red stands for the sun and the savannah, blue represents the Gambia River, and green symbolizes forests and agriculture; the white stripes denote unity and peace

flag of The Gambia


Senegal

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