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Where is Eritrea?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Eritrea covers 101,000 square kilometers of land and 16,600 square kilometers of water, making it the 101st largest nation in the world with a total area of 117,600 square kilometers.

Eritrea became an independent state in 1993, after gaining its sovereignty from Italy. The population of Eritrea is 6,086,495 (2012) and the nation has a density of 60 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Eritrea is the Nakfa (ERN). As well, the people of Eritrea are refered to as Eritrean.

The dialing code for the country is 291 and the top level internet domain for Eritrean sites is .er.

Eritrea shares land borders with 3 countries: Sudan, Djibouti, Ethiopia.

To learn more, visit our detailed Eritrea section.

Quick facts

Population 6,086,495
Density 60.3 / km2 ( 156.1 / mi2 )
Languages English, Tigrinya, Arabic
Independence Year 1993
Capital Asmara (Maekel Region)
Currency Nakfa
GDP 3,857,821,138 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 634 (2014 data)
Land Area 101,000 km2 (38,996 mi2)
Water Area 16,600 km2 (6,409 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Ethiopia, The Sudan, Djibouti
Minimum Longitude 36.440
Maximum Longitude 43.120
Mininum Latitude 12.360
Maximum Latitude 18.020

What is the capital of Eritrea?

map showing the location of Eritrea
Location of Asmara on a map.

Asmara is the capital city of Eritrea. It has a population of 563,930, and is located on a latitue of 15.34 and longitude of 38.93.

Asmara is also the political center of Eritrea, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Asmara, the Capital Of Eritrea

City Asmara
Country Eritrea
Population 563,930
Longitude 38.93184000
Latitude 15.33805000
Elevation 2334 meters over sea level

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.