People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria • الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية
From the impressive Casbah built atop the ruins of old Icosium in Algeria’s capital city, Algiers, to the UNESCO-listed habitats of the M’zab Valley, just north of the Sahara, Algeria is full of wonders, history, and culture, just waiting to be discovered. Often overlooked, or purposely avoided for safety reasons in favor of Morocco to its west or Egypt to the east, it is getting safer all the time and won’t be avoided by travelers much longer.
Algeria is the largest country in Africa by area, and the 10th-largest in the world. To its north is the Mediterranean Sea; Tunisia, Libya, and Niger are to its east; Morocco is to the west; and Mauritania, Mali, and Western Sahara are to the south.
Algeria Travel Information & Key Points
General points to know about the country of Algeria – demographics, important ages, phone numbers, key statistics, and more, whether you’re traveling there or not.
Capital: Algiers (& largest city)
Population: 42.2 million (2018 estimate)
Language(s): Arabic, Berber
President: Abdelkader Bensalah
Prime Minister: Noureddine Bedoui
Currency: Dinar (DZD)
Area: 2,381,741 km2 (919,595 mi2)
Dialing Code: +213
Time Zone: Central European Time “CET” (UTC+1)
Demonym: Algerian (what is a demonym?)
Endonym: الجزائر (al-Jazā’ir) (their name for their country)
Emergency Numbers: 18 for police, 14 for fire & ambulance
Drinking Age: 18
Smoking Age: None, 19 to purchase
Age of Consent: 16
Drives on the: Right
Electricity & Adapter: 230 V, 50 Hz, Plug Types C / F (define)
ISO Country Code: DZ