Culture of Eritrea

The People

Eritrea has a population of 4.4 million and growing by 2.6% anually. Eritrea has no official languge but some are Tigrinya, Arabic, and English. 80% of the population are Islamic of Christian the rest are Roman Chatholic or protestant. Eritreans are optomistic, hardwoking, committed people that love thier country and independence.

Customs and Courtesies

Eritreans eat together but if there are guests children eat seperate from adults. In Eritrea relatives and friend come to visit without notice. When people greet it depends on where they are in Eritrea highlander shake and if they are male they bump right shoulders. In Eritrea the people use thier right hands for eating and they use them with or without thier left hand when passing or recieving objects.


Family is very important in Eritrean life some family members make sacrifices for other family or future generations of family. Marriages are nearly always planned and the bride is typically 10 years younger than the groom. Eritreans like eating meat with onion, garlic, red pepper, spices, and clarified butter. Holidays of Eritreans are New Year's Day, International Women's Day, Independence Day, Martyr's Day, and Christmas.


Eritrea can potentially have a strong economy but it is one of the world's poorest countries. Eritrea's economy was demoished by war so now everybody depends on their own agriculture. They export sesame seeds, gum arabic, leather shoes, beer, and refined pertoleum. School is very rare for children and education is not that extensive