Algeria quiz

Sahara desert, Algeria

Test your knowledge of the largest African nation…

1. How many countries does Algeria share a border with?

Algeria shares a border with six countries. They are Morocco, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Libya and Tunisia.

2. Algeria is commonly called the country of what?

Algeria is commonly called the country of cherries and dates. This is because in some parts the weather is mild (ideal for cherries) and in other parts it's hot and dry (good for growing dates).

3. What is the capital city of Algeria?

It's Algiers, of course! A bit of an easy one there.

4. What percentage of the country is covered by the Sahara Desert?

The Sahara Desert covers an astounding 80 percent of Algeria.

5. In which year did Algeria gain independence from France?

The answer is 1962. Algeria has had an interesting political history. Over the years is has been ruled by Romans, Germanic Vandal tribes, Byzantines, the Spanish, the Turkish and then the French. Algeria was in fact ruled by France between 1830 and 1962.

6. Algeria is the largest African nation (in terms of landmass) but how does it stand globally?

At 919,595 square miles (2.38 million square kilometres) Algeria is the tenth largest country in the world.

7. Algeria has won five gold medals since it began competing in the Olympics, but how many (gold, silver and bronze) medals has it won overall?

Algeria has won seventeen gold, silver and bronze medals since it began competing at the Olympics in 1962.

8. The national animal of Algeria is the Fennec fox, but what Algerian national sports team is named after this small desert fox?

Algeria's football team is called Les Fennecs.