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- Algeria is located in northern Africa and is the largest state on the Black Continent, covering an area of 2, 380, 000 square kilometers. Not so long ago, in terms of this indicator, Algeria was inferior to Sudan, which in 2011 was divided into Sudan and South Sudan. Thus, the title of the largest country in Africa passed to Algeria.
- The national currency of the country is the Algerian dinar, which is divided into 100 centimes. It is strictly forbidden in the country to change currency illegally; this can be done only at state exchange offices. The Algerian dinar was introduced in 1964, two years after the country gained independence. Prior to this, the Algerian franc was used.
- The Sahara Desert covers 80 percent of Algeria. The daytime temperature in summer here can exceed 50 degrees, and the surface of the sand warms up to 70-80 degrees. Incredibly, it may even snow in the Sahara in winter. The last time this happened was in January 2012. The snow lasted a day, and even a blizzard raged for some time.
- Since the desert occupies most of Algeria, the majority of the population lives on the northern coast. Moreover, every tenth Algerian lives in the capital of the country, which is called the same as the state itself - Algeria. The city is more than 1000 years old, Algeria was founded in 994 on the site of the settlement of the ancient Phoenicians.
- The highest state award in Algeria is the National Order of Merit. It was established in 1984 and is awarded for outstanding service to the state. Only citizens of Algeria can receive the order, foreigners are awarded only in exceptional cases.
- Many women are terrified of being overweight. But not in Algeria, where it is generally accepted that a woman should have curvaceous forms, and thin women have few chances to get married. Therefore, an interesting custom existed in the country for a long time - thin girls were sent to special boarding houses, where, with the help of high-calorie food, their weight was brought to the desired parameters.
- One of the most popular drinks in Algeria is Hamoud Boylem, the local lemonade. They say that it tastes like the American "Sprite", only "Hamoud Boilem" appeared much earlier. It all began in 1878, when the merchant Yusuf Hamud began offering customers water mixed with sweet syrup. The drink became so popular that within a few years, Yusuf Hamud began building a lemonade plant. Currently, Hamoud Boylem lemonade is in demand not only in Algeria, but also exported to different countries of the world.
- By the way, there is not a single McDonald's in Algeria. Algerians prefer high-quality meat of their own production, therefore, they refused to export beef from the United States. The Belgian company "Quick" opened several fast food outlets in Algeria, which did not last long - the locals are very demanding on the quality of products.
- Algeria was a French colony for almost a century and a half, gaining independence only in 1962. Several years before this event, France began to use Algeria as a testing ground for nuclear weapons. The first explosion took place on February 13, 1960 in the desert in the south of the country. A total of 17 such tests were carried out, although many in Algeria disagree with this figure, claiming that there were many more. Algeria has repeatedly raised the issue of compensation for damage to the country's ecology.
- Zinedine Zidane, a legend in French football, has Algerian roots. His parents left here for France in the early fifties. By nationality, they, like their son Zinedan, are Kabyles. They are a Berber people living in the north of Algeria. Zidane is also very popular in the homeland of his ancestors. He has dual citizenship - French and Algerian. In his youth, they planned to attract him to the Algerian national team, but the young debutant did not suit the team's leadership.
- In 2014, it was the Algerian national team that prevented the Russian team from qualifying from the group at the World Cup in Brazil. In order to continue participating in the tournament, our players needed a victory in the last match of the group stage over the Algerians. Alexander Kokorin scored the ball into the opponent's goal already in the 6th minute. But, in the second half, Algeria equalized the score, reached the 1/8 finals, and the Russian footballers went home.
- Not far from the town of Sidi Bel Abbes, there is a unique lake that is free of fish and plants. And the water itself is like ink. It really can be used for writing. For a long time, this phenomenon has been a mystery to scientists. Recently, a version has appeared that the "ink" is formed due to the mixing of the waters of the two rivers flowing into the lake. One of
them contain iron salts, the other - peat.
- Miguel de Cervantes, a famous Spanish writer, author of the novel about the adventures of Don Quixote of La Mancha, spent 5 years in Algeria, from 1575 to 1580. Moreover, he was not here of his own free will, he was captured by pirates. Cervantes managed to free himself only after a substantial ransom was paid for him.
- The city of Biskra is often referred to as the date capital of Algeria. Dates are the main agricultural crop here; locals claim that most of them have devoted their entire lives to growing date palms. And the palm trees themselves adorn the city, protect it from heat and strong winds.
- An unusual holiday is celebrated in Algeria on 1 February. It is called - Evacuation Day. On this day in 1968, the French naval base in the port city of Mers el-Kebir was liquidated. The last foreign serviceman was evacuated from the territory of Algeria.
- Diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and Algeria were established on March 23, 1962, four months before Algeria was declared an independent state. A huge number of Soviet specialists helped develop the country's economy; thousands of students from Algeria were trained in Soviet higher educational institutions. For example, Lamine Zerual, President of Algeria 1994-1995. in 1965 he graduated from a military school in Moscow.