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Overview: Somalia

As Somalia strengthened and al-Shabaab continued to be on the defensive, the prospect of the insurgent group – which in late 2012 still controlled significant areas - entering into negotiations with the government of President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was remote. But al-Shabaab was on the back foot, having  lost a lot  of support during the 2011 drought, when it not only failed to provide food for the people under its control but prevented humanitarian aid provided by international organisations from being distributed.

What was clear was that Somalia still had a long way to go before it could claim to be a nation state. The embryonic state took a significant step forward in September 2012 when Somali Members of Parliament, meeting in Mogadishu, elected Hassan Sheikh Mohamud as the country's president. 

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Profile: Somalia

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Jamhuriyadda ee Soomaaliya (Republic of Somalia)
Head of State: President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud (from 10 Sep 2012)
Head of government: Prime Minister Omar Abdirashid Ali Sharmarke (from 24 December 2014)
Ruling party: None
Area: 738,000 square km
Population: 51.20 million (2012)*
Capital: Mogadishu
Official language: Somali
Currency: Somali shilling (SoSh) = 100 centesimi
Exchange rate: SoSh614.00 per US$ (Sep 2015)
GDP per capita: US$600 (2009, PPP)*
GDP real growth: 6.00% (2013)*
GDP: US$5.80 billion (2010)*
Labour force: 3.45 million (2007)
Inflation: 30.00% (2007)
* estimated figure

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