• Is ka warran is a common greeting in Somalia. We present to you some interesting information about Somalia.

    In case you are from Somalia and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Somali is the official language of Somalia, and it is also spoken in Ethiopia, Kenya, Eritrea, and Djibouti. It is located in the Horn of Africa. Like every other country in the world, Somalia also has its own share of exciting destinations, unique cultures, and fascinating geographical facts.

    Below is a list of some of the most interesting and unique facts associated with Somalia:

    1. In Somalia, people often perfume their homes after large meals or on special occasions when guests are visiting their homes. Dabqaad, a white clay or soapstone pot, is used as an incense burner. Frankincense or other incense is placed on hot charcoal inside a dabqaad which then burns for about ten minutes. The fragrance so generated remains in the house for several hours.

    2. For several years, piracy off the coast of Somalia by Somali pirates had been a major menace to international fishing and cargo vessels. Many vessels were looted by the Somali pirates or the crew of such vessels was held hostage and released on the ransom money.

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    1. Did you know that Somalia Has One Of The Lowest Life Expectancies In The World? The life expectancy for Somali men is only 53.5 years while that for women is 56.6 years. The country is among the world’s 10 countries with the youngest life expectancies.

    2. Somalia has a long coastline on the Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Aden. The coast of the country stretches 3,025 km, the longest of all countries in mainland Africa. The Indian Ocean and the Guardafui Channel borders the country to the east while the Gulf of Aden is on the north of Somalia.

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    1. While most African countries have ethnically diverse populations, Somalia is one of the continent’s most ethnically homogeneous nations. 85% of the country’s population comprises ethnic Somalis. They are mainly found in northern Somalia. The ethnic minorities are primarily in the southern part of the country.

    2. Laas Geel refers to some cave formations near Hargeisa, Somaliland. The Laas Geel has some of the Horn of Africa region’s most ancient cave paintings. They probably date between 9,000 and 3,000 years BC.

    3. Did you know that Somalia has four seasons, two rainy and two dry ones? These seasons are combined with some of the highest mean temperatures worldwide.

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    These are some of the interesting facts about Somalia's culture. Please do share if you are from Somali, or know some more new interesting facts, we would be happy to know!