eritrea

Capital:Asmara

Population estimate:5.6 million

Area:117, 400 square kilometers

Borders: Sudan (west), Ethiopia (south), Djibouti (south west), Red Sea

Independence day:24 May 1991 (country seceded from Ethiopia in 1993)

Major religion: Christianity, Islam

Official languages: Afar

President: Isais Afewerki

Currency:Nafka

Key issues:Road traffic accidents, border tensions, migration, human and media rights

Interesting fact:Asmara is a UNESCO world heritage site

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