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Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia

Area: 2,381,740 sq km

Climate: arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer

Terrain: mostly high plateau and desert; some mountains; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain

Population: 31,133,486 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99%, Christian and Jewish 1%

Languages: Algiers


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