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Basic information

Latest news from Somalia

History, politics, geography, economy and more

Somalia: a country study
Detailed information from the US Library of Congress

CIA World Factbook - Somalia

Nationmaster: Somalia 
A compilation of facts and figures from many sources

Medea - Somalia
(European Institute for Research on Mediterranean and Euro-Arab Cooperation)

BBC country profile - Somalia

Maps of Somalia

Local time

Local weather

Currency converter 
Somali shilling (SOS) 

Communications in Somalia (Wikipedia)

National flag of Somalia

National anthem 
Audio, lyrics and sheet music (National Anthems Reference Page). See also previous anthem (1960-2000).

Languages of Somalia
Ethnologue Database

Who's who in Somalia

Historical and political texts relating to Somalia


Constitutional background

Constitutional information 
Law Library of Congress

List of government ministers (CIA)

Heads of state and prime ministers
Historical list (ZPC database)

International Crisis Group 
Recent reports on Somalia

Human rights reports on Somalia

The self-declared independent republic (Wikipedia)

The self-declared autnomous state (Wikipedia)

Operation Restore Hope 
UN military operation, 1992-93 (Wikipedia)


Somalia timeline
A chronology of key events (from the BBC)

Somalia: a country study
Includes a substantial historical section

History of Somalia (Wikipedia)


Somali newspapers  

Press freedom and censorship


US State Department
Consular information and travel advice

British Foreign Office
Travel advice

Lonely Planet 
Online tourist guide to Somalia

Electricity and phones (Steve Kropla)
Plugs, sockets, TV system, mobile roaming, etc.


World Bank: Somalia 
Comprehensive economic data

Somalia and the IMF

Oil, gas, and electricity
US Energy Information Administration

Water in Bahrain
Aquastat country profile

Fishing in Somalia 
Somali Fisheries Society


In the Somalia section


Related pages

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Books from Amazon

Black Hawk Down
Mark Bowden. Hardcover, 1999. Also: paperback, audio cassette, audio CD, large print 

The Colonial Legacy in Somalia
Paolo Tripodi. Hardcover, 1999

Desert Flower: The Extraordinary Journey of a Desert Nomad
Waris Dirie, Cathleen Miller. Hardcover, 1998

The Fallen State: Dissonance, Dictatorship, and Death in Somalia
Alice Bettis Hashim. Hardcover, 1997

Losing Mogadishu: Testing U.S. Policy in Somalia
Jonathan Stevenson. Hardcover, 1995

Kent Delong, Steven Tuckey. Hardcover, 1994


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Last revised on 01 November, 2013