About Djibouti

Capital: Djibouti
Population Estimate:  988,000 (Source: World Bank)
Area: 23,200 square kilometers
Borders: Eritrea (north), Somalia (south), Ethiopia (east), Indian Ocean
Independence Day: May 8, 1977
President: Ismail Omar Guelleh
Major Religion: Islam
Other Common Religions: Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism
Currency: Djiboutian Franc
Key Challenges: Deforestation, Desertification, Water Pollution, and the Protection of its Wildlife
Interesting Fact: Several developed countries (USA, China, and Japan among others) have military or naval bases in Djibouti

Country Analysis


April 2019

In April, the operational environment in Djibouti has remained stable. Due to the volatile situations persisting in Eritrea, Ethiopia, Somalia ...

March 2019

French President Emmanuel Macron met French troops stationed in Djibouti as he concluded his visit to the Horn of Africa ...

February 2019

In line with its 2035 economic vision, which is to triple the country’s per capita income, the country has had ...

January 2019

Djibouti’s economy is currently driven by the country’s water port complex. Trade, through Djibouti’s port, is expected to grow rapidly ...

December 2018

Djibouti’s recent developments have been driven by fourregional and international factors: the end of the Ethiopian – Eritrean ‘war’, the ...