|Currency||Djiboutian franc (DJF)|
|Area||23,000 sq km|
|Population||486,530 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||French (official), Arabic (official), Somali, Afar|
|Religion||Muslim 94%, Christian 6%|
|Time Zone||UTC +3|
Djibouti is in East Africa, bordered by Eritrea to the north, Ethiopia to the west and south, and Somalia to the southeast. The Gulf of Aden lies to the east. The country can be divided into three regions; the coastal plain and volcanic plateaus in the central and southern parts of the country and the mountain ranges in the north. Much of the country is vast wasteland with virtually no arable land.