22 interesting facts about Algeria

Posted on Jun 17, 2022      25

In the vast expanse of North Africa, Algeria is a former colony of France, which has long ago gained independence and has been following its own path since then. Not having any impressive reserves of minerals such as oil, the country has made a bet on tourism, becoming in this area one of the major competitors of Egypt and Turkey.

Interesting facts about Algeria

1. It is the largest African country in terms of territory. Algeria became a record after the southern and northern parts of Sudan declared independence from each other.

2. Algeria has a lake filled with natural ink suitable for writing. It is all about the chemical reaction between the waters of two rivers flowing into this body of water - one of them carries particles of peat, and the other is rich in iron compounds.

3. The locals have to endure fifty-degree heat in the summer and snow in the winter in some areas of the country.

4. During the greeting, the Algerians kiss from two to four times - the main thing is to make sure that the number of kisses is even.

5. In Algeria grows a delicacy mushrooms worth a lot of money - white truffles.

6. Most of Algeria (80% of the state’s land) is occupied by the Sahara Desert.

7. Although Algeria ceased to be a French colony over 50 years ago, the locals still speak a mixture of Arabic and French and adore baguettes.

8. There is not a single Orthodox church in Algeria - the last church closed due to lack of parishioners.

9. Gasoline is very cheap, so even the poorest families can afford a car.

10. There used to be special houses in Algeria for fattening up future brides, since local men prefer pudgy women.

11. For Algerian birthdays, guests come without gifts, but they pay for the feast and the birthday cake.

12. The law allows Algerians to have up to 4 wives, but in reality, most men have only one life partner.

13. In the Middle Ages, the French exported wax from Algeria.

14. Algeria’s Notre Dame de Afrique cathedral is a replica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Marseilles.

15. Algeria is one of the richest countries in Africa because of the oil and gas deposits found on its territory.

16. The Algerian subway, launched in 2011, was built by Russian engineers. This subway was the second on the African continent after the Cairo metro.

17. In Algeria, the guest must try the food offered to him, otherwise the hosts will consider him an arrogant, rude person.

18. It was the first country in the Arab world where women could drive buses and cabs.

19. The oldest monument of architecture in Algeria is the ruins of the city of Tipasa, built in the 6th century BC. There are remnants of buildings built at different times by Byzantines, Phoenicians, Romans and early Christians.

20. Algerian scientists have discovered that orange peels can purify water.

21. In the distant past, the Algerian sultan was the famous pirate and admiral Barbarossa.

22. The French used Algeria for several years as a test site for nuclear weapons - 20 to 60 atomic charges of varying power were detonated, according to various sources. Radiation levels in the area where the tests were conducted have not yet returned to normal.