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Somalia Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Mogadishu
Government Transitional, parliamentary national government
Currency Somali shilling (SOS)
Area 637,657 sq km
Population 7,753,310 (2002 estimate based on 1975 census)
Language Somali (official), Arabic, Italian, English
Religion Islam
Electricity 220V/50Hz (European plug)
Calling Code +252
Internet TLD .so
Time Zone UTC+3

Travel Warning

WARNING: Somalia is not safe for independent travel or sightseeing due to armed conflict between Government forces and Islamist insurgents, kidnappings, warlording, and piracy. Those visiting for business, research or international aid purposes should consult with their organization and seek expert guidance before planning a trip. Also, the country is experiencing a drought that is affecting most of the country.If you must go, see War zone safety.

Somalia (Somali: Soomaaliya; Arabic: الصومال‎ aṣ-Ṣūmāl) is on the Horn of Africa, and is bordered by Ethiopia to the west, Djibouti to the north-west, and Kenya on its south-west. This is a country with a troubled past. Civil war, military coups, border disputes and warlordism are the general course of events here. Things started to improve after the Ethiopian Army withdrew in 2007 after defeating an Islamist government, but since then violence has flared up again with the re-emergence of Islamist and other clan and warlord-affiliated militias. Somalia is currently (sort of) ruled by the a Coalition government, compromising the Internationally recognized Transitional Federal Government (TFG) and the former Islamist government. However, the government is currently waging a military campaign with radical Islamic factions that refused to merge with the government and are backed by al-Qaeda.

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