The Gambia

Gambia

 

Gambia on world map

Continent – Africa

Region – Western Africa

Size – 11,300 km²

Geography – flood plain of the Gambia river

Language – English, Mandinka, Wolof, Fula

Religion – 90% Muslim, 8% Christian, 2% other

Monetary Unit -Dalasi


Natural Resources
– fish, titanium, tin, zircon, silica sand, clay, petroleum

Agriculture – rice, millet, sorghum, peanuts, corn, sesame, cassava (tapioca), palm kernels; cattle, sheep, goats

Industry – processing peanuts, fish, and hides; tourism, beverages, agricultural machinery assembly, woodworking, metalworking, clothing

Gambia Map

Neighbouring Countries – Senegal

Population – 1,925,527 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 2.23%

Average Life Expectancy – 64.36

Capital City – Banjul (506,000)

Highest Mountain – unnamed location  (53 m)

Longest River – Gambia (1,130 km)

Climate – June – November – topical, hot, rainy 22°C to 30°C – November – May – cooler, dry season 15°C to 30°C

Yearly Rainfall – June – November – 125 cm (approx); November – May 2 cm (approx)

Plant Life – many flowers, including yellow cassias and scarlet combretum, bougainvillea, oleander, varieties of hibiscus

Animal Life – several varieties of monkeys

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Gambia. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Facts_Figures/Country_Facts/gambia.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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