Land, Geography, and Climate

Djibouti is a small country on the west side of Africa. It is roughly the size of the state of New Jersey. It has a barren landscape with very little room for plant growth. It lays way below sea level. The climate is extremely hot often reaching 120 degrees Fahrenheit in the hot season. In the cold season, it is often around 89 degrees Fahrenheit. Djibouti receives very little rain. It has many plains along the coast and some mountains and plateaus in the central and southern part of the country. Djibouti is so hot because it lies near the Equator.



Most people in Djibouti eat rice along with lamb and goat. People on the coast eat fish and also seafood along with various meats. Another type of food is looho which is made of finger millet and is eaten at all meals.

Most women wear a long robe called a dira along with a headscarf. They wear these types of clothing because of the climate and their religion. Men tend to wear western clothes like button down shirts and trousers for work. Male students wear sandals during the school day. Female students wear jeans or pants.

Most of the country is Muslim and the rest is Christian. For the Christians, there are three government controlled churches. They are French Protestant, French Catholic, and Ethiopian Orthodox. Muslims often clear the streets on Fridays to pray at home and at mosques.


"Djibouti." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2013. Web. 22 May 2013.