algeriaAlgeria is officially “The People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria”, but for all intense and purposes here on the Vagabond Travel website the country will be call just Algeria.

Algeria is bordered by Tunisia in the northeast, Libya in the east, Morocco to the west and to the southwest by Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali. To the southeast is Niger, and to the north lies the Mediterranean Sea.

Algeria is a country in the Maghreb region of North Africa. Europeans previously referred to the Maghreb region as Barbary or Barbary States. The region’s territory was defined then as the Atlas Mountains west of Egypt, and the coastal plains of Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya. With the creation of the Arab Maghreb Union in 1989, Mauritania and of the disputed territory of Western Sahara were added.

Algiers Waterfront

The Algerian capital is the country’s largest city, Algiers.

Algeria covers 2,381,741 km2, making it the 10th largest country in the world, and the largest country in all of Africa. Algeria is also the largest of the Mediterranean countries. Algeria is comprised of 48 provinces and 1541 communes. The population is about 37.9 million, making Algeria the 35th most populated country on Earth.

Some quick facts about Algeria…

Algeria’s economy is predominantly based on oil. The national oil company, Sonatrach, is the largest company in all of Africa.

Algeria has the second largest standing military in North Africa.

Algeria is the most politically stable of any other North African country, but there’s often sectarian violence in the desert region of the country.

Algeria has had a peaceful nuclear program since the 1990s.

Besides being a founding member of the Arab Maghreb Union, Algeria is also a member of the African Union, the Arab League, OPEC and the United Nations.

Algeria has been home to many ancient prehistoric cultures. Early remnants of hominid occupation dating back well over 200,000 years have been found in the Ain Hanech region, in Saïda Province.

If you’ve already visited Algeria, please share your experience with other travelers by adding a review in the comment section below. Thank you!


Vagabond Travel came into being April 16, 2014 when I departed Canada heading for Mexico City. I have no destination in mind, nor an itinerary to follow. This is a sort of website, journal and travel blog all rolled into one. That’s about it.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge
What is 8 + 6 ?
Please leave these two fields as-is:
IMPORTANT! To be able to proceed, you need to solve the following simple math (so we know that you are a human) :-)