What country does Somalia belong to?
Somalia is located in the east of Africa. It borders Djibouti, Ethiopia and Kenya to the west. The east and south are located on the Indian Ocean, the north on the Gulf of Aden. This sea golf is located between Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
By the way, Somalia means something like “country of hospitality”. That’s a nice name, isn’t it? This is exactly what maal means in the German translation: “Go and milk yourself an animal”. Thus, the guest is invited to choose an animal of the host for milking, just as a sign of this hospitality.
To the northwest is Somaliland. This region has been striving for independence since 1991. Internationally, the country is not recognized and still belongs to Somali. In fact, however, Hargeysa has its own capital and its own government in Somaliland.
Somalia is located on the Horn of Africa. A horn in Africa? If you look at the map, you can see that in the very east of Africa a piece of land protrudes into the Indian Ocean. This is the so-called “Horn of Africa”. It actually reminds a bit of the horn of a rhinoceros.
Four countries are located on the Horn of Africa: Somalia, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Eritrea. These are the countries that are drawn in green on the adjacent map. Somalia has a peninsula that extends particularly far into the Indian Ocean. This is the Somali Peninsula.
Somalia also includes some islands. On the northern coast are the uninhabited Sa’ad ad-Din Islands. In the Indian Ocean off the southern coast are the Bajuni Islands.
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