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  • Religious Sites in Algeria

    Djemaa el-Djedid

    At approximately three hundred and fifty years old, the Djemaa el-Djedid Mosque is by no means a new religious site, as the name reflects. The Djemaa el-Djedid Mosque was constructed in 1660, during the Ottoman period, and even though its designation changed a few times over the centuries, and reconstruction was done to suit its new purposes, the building survived the French onslaught, which ...

  • Culture

    Translation

    Though the country of Algeria has seen a number of cultural and linguistic influences during the course of its long history, it would seem that Arabic, French and Berber influences have been the strongest. Arabic is the official language of the country and is spoken by roughly 80% of the population. Berber was recognized as a national language in 2002 and is spoken by at least 20% of the ...

  • Culture

    Languages

    Algeria's official language is Arabic, which is spoken by an estimated 81% of the population. All official documents are printed in Arabic and those from non-Arab households usually learn the language in school. Arabic has been the official language of the country since 1963. More recently, Berber has become recognized as one of the country's national languages. This occurred in 2002 and is ...

  • Travel

    Public Services

    The public services in Algeria are quite good in some parts of the country and poor at best in more remote areas. Whilst the government does strive to upgrade their existing services and to expand the number of services offered, this can be difficult when the country is already facing so many other problems. Thus, many first world inhabitants would consider Algeria's public services to be ...

  • Culture

    Education

    Official education systems in Algeria were begun by French colonists who forced school-going Algerian children to learn the European languages that their own children where familiar with. Schools were not widespread and only a small minority was able to receive this education. However, things changed dramatically when Algeria gained independence. Schooling systems underwent a major reform ...