Eritrea

Population numbers: 6.3 million

How many square miles: 45,406 square miles
Geography fast facts (uniqueness)
  • Soira is the highest point of Eritrea. It measures 3 018 meters high.
  • Tigrinya is a member of the Ethiopic branch of Semitic languages with about 6 million speakers and most largely-spoken language mainly in the Tigre region of Ethiopia and in Central Eritrea.
  • The Denakil Depression is the lowest point in the country and is considered to be one of the world’s hottest places.
  • Tekeze River is the Longest River in Eritrea. For part of its course it forms a section the westernmost border of Ethiopia and Eritrea.
  • Asmara is also called the “Italy’s African City” or “New Rome”. Due to the distinctive Italian touch it exudes.
  • According to Tigriyan, the meaning of the capital of Eritrea, Asmara means “Made the United”
  • Eritrea’s language is called “Nara Bana”, meaning “Nara talk” which derived from the word Nara name means “sky, heaven”.
  • Eritrea after Egypt has the second highest archeological historical discoveries in Africa. The number of archeological sites in the country which was 45,000 previously has now increased to 80,000.
  • Eritrea literally means “red”, and gets its name after the Red Sea. Sinus Erythraeus was the name the Greek settlers in Egypt (Ptolemaic dynasty) of the third century B.C labeled the body of water between the Arab peninsula and the African continent.
  • By 1990, 40% of Eritrean freedom fighters were made up of women. The EPLF had a higher percentage of women than any other liberation army in the world.
Capital City: Asmara, known locally as Asmera, is the capital city and largest settlement in Eritrea. Home to a population of around 804,000 inhabitants, it sits at an elevation of 2,325 metres.
Religion: The population of Eritrea is equally divided between Christian (Orthodox Church, Roman Catholic and Lutheran protestants) and Muslim religions. The population of the high plateau (Asmara) is predominantlyChristian, whereas that of the lowlands and the coast are predominantly Muslim.
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