The country is one of the Arab countries and located in Northern Africa, bordered by the Mediterranean Sea in north, Tunisia in northeast, Libya in east, Morocco in west, Western Sahara, Mauritania, and Mali in southwest, and by Niger in the southeast.
Algeria is now Africa’s largest country, covering an area of nearly 2.4 million km², compared, it is 4 times the size of France or slightly less than 3.5 times the size of the U.S. state of Texas. But the country is almost only populated in the small coastal region, because its southern part is covered by the Sahara, the largest subtropical hot desert.
Algeria has a population of 40.4 million people (in 2016)
Algiers is the capital and largest city of Algeria. The city’s population at the 2011 was estimated to be around 3,500,000. An estimate puts the population of the larger metropolitan city to be around 5,000,000. Algiers is located on the Mediterranean Sea and in the north-central portion of Algeria.
The currency of Algeria
The dinar is the monetary currency of Algeria and it is subdivided into 100 centimes. Centimes are now obsolete due to their extremely low value.
Climate in Algeria
Algeria is one of the largest countries on the African continent and has to deal with fairly large differences in climate. Algeria is is known for its Sahara desert, oases and the Atlas Mountains. The country consists for around 85% of desert. It has a long coastline and the coastal areas have a mild Mediterranean climate with hot summers and cool and rainy winters. In the highlands summers are hot and dry. Winter rains (less heavy then the coast) in the highlands begin in October. In the months January, February and March there are many sandstorms.
April, May and September are the best months to travel to Algeria. In these months it is very dry, there are no sand storms and you will experience pleasant temperatures.