Where Is Gambia Located? Gambia Map

Where is Gambia located? Map of Gambia

Where Is Gambia Located? Gambia Map

The Gambia is a West African Commonwealth country, which is one of the smallest states in the entire African continent. It owes its name to the Gambia River that runs through it.

Map of Gambia

The Gambia (common name), or Republic of The Gambia (official name), is an English-speaking country in West Africa, landlocked in the territory of Senegal and whose capital is Banjul. Its inhabitants, the Gambians, are predominantly Muslim.

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. Its area is 10,689 square kilometres (4,127 sq mi) with a population of 1,857,181 as of the April 2013 census. Bathurst is the Gambian capital and the largest cities are Serrekunda and Brikama.

Gambia is open to the west on the Atlantic Ocean. The borders North, South and East are cut out inside Senegal.

The official language is English. The main African languages are Wolof and Mandinka (Mandinka).

More than 90% of Gambians practice an Islam strongly imbued with traditional African beliefs. A small minority is Christian.

The Gambia covers an area of 11,295 km². The country stretches for 320 km on both sides of the Gambia River. The distance from north to south does not exceed 50 km. The mouth of the river is congested by the mangrove and on its banks, grows a gallery forest. The Gambia has a subtropical climate with distinct seasons.

The country has deposits of bauxite (estimated at 110 million tons), phosphate (112 million tons) and oil, but they are not exploited.

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