Overland Journeys: Trans-Maghreb

Travel Information for Algeria
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:Arabic Other languages:    French, Tamazight
Currency: Algerian dinars (DZD)

1 = DZD122, $1 = DZD110, £1 = DZD146

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.dzInternational Dialling Code:    213

For help planning your trip to Algeria including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Algeria trip planning page.

Further information on Algeria

Discover more about Algeria - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of algeria

Total area: 2,381,740 sq km (0 sq km under water)

Coastline: 998 km (Mediterranean Sea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Libya (982km), Mali (1,376km), Mauritania (463km), Morocco (1,559km), Niger (956km), Tunisia (965km), Western Sahara (42km)

Climate: Coastal region has a Mediterranean climate with hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters. Further inland the mountainous plateau has hot summers and dry, cold winters while the Sahara Desert in the south is extremely dry and hot.

Highest mountain: Tahat (3,003m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Algeria from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 117/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 157/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 117/179
ILGA LGBT rightsExtreme discrimination -
Corruption PerceptionsMedium corruption 100/174
Overall Ranking:    163/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria     Status: Independent Country

Population: 38,813,722 (rank: 33/196)     Density: 16.2 people/sq km (rank: 167/196)

Ethnic groups: Arab-Berber 99%, European less than 1%.

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

GDP (PPP): $284.7 billion       GDP per capita: $7,500 (rank: 109/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.