What is Somalia Famous/Known For?
The Longest Coastline on the Mainland of Africa
The country of Somalia lies on the outer edge of Somali Peninsula which is popularly called the “the Horn of Africa.” It is labeled as Africa’s most homogeneous country. Somalia is home to approximately 14.3 million inhabitants. The country’s terrain mainly includes highlands, plains, and plateaus. Sadly the country has a bad reputation due to piracy and high rate of crime, but the truth is that despite all that, it still has a lot of natural beauty to be observed. Leisurely visiting might not be currently recommended but one day we’ll be able to experience all that the country has to offer as travelers. For now it’s look at the 10 things the country is famous for. The country is known to have the longest coastline on Africa’s mainland with a seacoast stretching about 3,025 km (1,880 miles). Somalia has a land mass of 637,657sqkm (246,201 square miles) that makes up the land with about 10,320sqkm (3,980 square miles) of water. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Jubba and Shabelle
Jubba and Shabelle are the two rivers in Somalia that have been permanently existing over time. The rivers begin in the Highlands of Ethiopian, mainly flowing southwards. The Jubba River flows into the Indian Ocean at Kismayo, while the Shabelle River in earlier times obviously used to flow into the sea close to Merca. The Shabelle River presently reaches a spot at the southwest of Mogadishu; it will then comprise of swamps, as well as dry reaches before eventually disappearing around the desert terrain at Jilib eastern area. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Islands of Somalia
There are quite some archipelagos and Islands found on the coast of Somalia which include the Saad ad-Din Archipelago and the Bajuni Islands. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Somalis are often engaged in festivities all year round including births, weddings, circumcisions, secular and Islamic holidays. During any of these celebrations, animals are slaughtered, various kinds of food are made, and visitors are also invited to their celebrations. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Tombs of Sheiks
The tombs of the holy men and leaders of Somalia are often paid pilgrim visit. The holy men are revered as saints, and many Somalis go to the tomb of a certain saint on his/her feast day every year. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The most popular symbol of Somalia is the camel because it provides income, transportation, and food (meat and milk). It is also status to many Somalis. Other symbols of Somalia include the five-pointed white star on the country’s flag as well as the crescent which is a worldwide symbol of the faith of Islam. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Somali and Arabic are the official languages of the country, and they both belong to the Afroasiatic family. While all Somalis generally speak Somali, the Arabic language is mainly spoken and read for religion reasons. However, a few people still speak Italian and English. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
Somalia majorly imports machinery, transportation equipment, building materials, steel and Iron from countries like Saudi Arabia, United States, India, Great Britain, Italy, China, among others. However, the country adds to its economy through the exportation of livestock, especially camel, fruits like Bananas, coffee, peanuts, citrus fruits, cotton, and sugarcane, as well as frankincense and myrrh. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The country of Somalia is renowned for its poets. Somalia has long built the oral tradition of storytelling and poetry which has successfully been passed on from one generation to another. These stories and poems were later written down around the 20th century. Their poetry was usually about clan politics, history, philosophy, and praises. Click the next ARROW to see the next photo!
The country usually experiences very hot climatic conditions all through the year with uneven rainfall and occasional monsoon winds.