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Where is Somalia?

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Located in the continent of Africa, Somalia covers 627,337 square kilometers of land and 10,320 square kilometers of water, making it the 44th largest nation in the world with a total area of 637,657 square kilometers.

Somalia became an independent state in 1960, after gaining its sovereignty from Italy. The population of Somalia is 10,085,638 (2012) and the nation has a density of 16 people per square kilometer.

The currency of Somalia is the Somali Shilling (SOS). As well, the people of Somalia are refered to as Somali.

The dialing code for the country is 252 and the top level internet domain for Somali sites is .so.

Somalia shares land borders with 3 countries: Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya.

To learn more, visit our detailed Somalia section.

Quick facts

Population 10,085,638
Density 16.1 / km2 ( 41.6 / mi2 )
Languages Arabic, Somali
Independence Year 1960
Capital Mogadishu (Banaadir)
Currency Somali Shilling
GDP 917,044,254 (1990 data)
GDP per Capita 91 (1990 data)
Land Area 627,337 km2 (242,216 mi2)
Water Area 10,320 km2 (3,985 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Kenya, Ethiopia
Minimum Longitude 41.000
Maximum Longitude 51.420
Mininum Latitude -1.660
Maximum Latitude 11.990

What is the capital of Somalia?

map showing the location of Somalia
Location of Mogadishu on a map.

Mogadishu is the capital city of Somalia. It has a population of 2,587,183, and is located on a latitue of 2.04 and longitude of 45.34.

Mogadishu is also the political center of Somalia, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Ceremonial head of state.

Quick Facts About Mogadishu, the Capital Of Somalia

City Mogadishu
Country Somalia
Population 2,587,183
Longitude 45.34375000
Latitude 2.03711000
Elevation 12 meters over sea level

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.