Map Page 1114 Area 8,958 square mi (23,000 square km) Population 457,130 (2003) Capital Djibouti Highest Point Musa Ali 6,653 ft (2,028 m) Lowest Point -550 ft (-168 m) GDP per capita $1,400 Primary Natural Resources negligible.
BORDERED BY ETHIOPIA, ERITREA, and SOMALIA in Africa, the country of Djibouti (the former French Somaliland and then AFARS and Issas) is the epitome of a geopolitical state.
It is a state that has been created and defined by its geographic location.
Similar to GIBRALTAR and Aden, Djibouti controls access and egress from a major waterway: the Suez Canal and RED SEA.
From 1862, Djibouti was controlled by the French, especially the French Foreign Legion, until 1977.
In 2002, the UNITED STATES established a military base here.
Were it not for its geopolitical value, there would be no economy beyond herding of goats and no political unit.
Small in area, with some features such as Lake Assal below sea level (550 ft or 168 m), Djibouti is arid and occupied primarily by pastoralists and refugees from the war between Ethiopia and Eritrea.
Its deep harbor and the fact that all traffic to and from the Suez Canal (and thus Mediterranean Europe) must pass its location has made the area important far beyond any local resources-of which there virtually are none to speak of.
The only natural resource, other than its location, is the salt deposit at Lake Assal.
However, salt is more easily and cheaply obtained in many other areas.
The closest local parallel to the geopolitical value of Djibouti would be Aden, which also controls access to the BAB AL MANDEB, Red Sea and Suez Canal, but Aden was controlled by the British.
Djibouti also is located on a major fault (fracture) zone known as AFAR (for Africa/Arabia), where major geologic plates are separating and rotating, making it an extremely active earthquake and volcanic area as well.
- Italian air traffic controllers are planning to strike
"The Italian air traffic controllers have reported about the upcoming strike that is scheduled on October 24, 2015. The airline employees will be striking between 10:00 and 18:00 as reported by local trade unions.
In case the event is not canceled, passengers may face flight delays or even cancellations. The tourists who plan either to leave or to arrive in Italy on 24th October it is highly recommended to verify their flight status online beforehand by visiting airport websites. "
- The price for having holidays in Rome is now +30 euro a day
"The Eternal City authorities have decided to increase considerably a tax pay for tourists. Therefore, one tourist bus, entering the centre of the Italian capital will be charged 1,000 euro.
Let us note that at the moment the tourist bus entrance to the sightseeing city is charged 200 euro, so it means that Rome authorities are planning to increase a tax pay as high as five times. This innovation should enter into force in December 2015.
The experts have estimated and report that with this tax rise, tourists will have to pay extra 30 euro a day in Rome. "