is a small nation, completely surrounded by Senegal
, that gets its name and shape from the River Gambia
. It isn't the world's most popular country, so this video might be of help to anyone curious about this nation.
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In this brief video you can find seven little known facts about The Gambia.
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1. The Gambia is a country in West Africa
that is entirely surrounded by Senegal except for its coastline on the Atlantic Ocean
at its western end. It is the smallest country in mainland Africa
. The Gambia is situated on either side of the Gambia River
, the nation's namesake, which flows through the centre of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean.
2. The Gambia is conducting its elections through a unique voting system that was introduced in the early 1960's to address the high levels of illiteracy in the country. Instead
of paper, people are using marbles to cast their votes.
the 1 December 2016 elections
, the elections commission declared Adama Barrow
the winner of the presidential election. Jammeh, who had ruled for 22 years, first announced he would step down after losing the 2016 election
before declaring the results void and calling for a new vote, sparking a constitutional crisis and leading to an invasion by an ECOWAS
coalition. On 20 January
2017, Jammeh announced that he had agreed to step down and would leave the country.
4. Although The Gambia’s capital Banjul
is the country’s best known city, it is not the commercial centre. Serrekunda
, situated about 20km from Banjul, is by far The Gambia’s busiest city and the commercial nerve centre.
5. According to the CIA World Factbook
, the Gambia
is one of only three countries whose self-standing short name for official use should begin with the word "The" (the
others being The Bahamas
and The Netherlands
6. The present
boundaries were defined in 1889 after an agreement between the United Kingdom
. Starting with the placement of boundary markers in 1891, it took nearly 15 years after the Paris
meetings to determine the final borders of The Gambia.
7. Banjul, officially the City of Banjul
and formerly known as Bathurst
, is the capital of The Gambia and is in a division of the same name. Banjul is on St Mary's Island
), where the Gambia River enters the Atlantic Ocean. The island
is connected to the mainland to the west and the rest of Greater Banjul Area
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