Democratic and Popular Republic of Algeria
Al-Jumhuriyah al-Jaza'iriyah ad-Dimuqratiyah ash-Sha'biyah
CAPITAL : Algiers (Alger)
FLAG: The national flag consists of two equal vertical stripes, one green and one white, with a red crescent enclosing a five-pointed red star in the center.
ANTHEM: Kassaman (We Pledge).
MONETARY UNIT: The Algerian dinar ( DA ) is a paper currency of 100 centimes. There are coins of 1, 2, 5, 10, and 50 centimes and 1, 5 and 10 dinars, and notes of 10, 20, 50, 100, and 200 dinars. DA 1 = $0.0127 (or $1 = DA 78.46) as of May 2003.
WEIGHTS AND MEASURES: The metric system is the legal standard.
HOLIDAYS: New Year's Day, 1 January; Labor Day, 1 May; Overthrow of Ben Bella, 19 June; Independence Day, 5 July; Revolution Day, 1 November. Muslim religious holidays include 'Id al-Fitr, 'Id al-'Adha', 1st of Muharram (Muslim New Year), and Milad an-Nabi. Christians observe their own religious holidays.
Algeria was admitted to the UN on 8 October 1962 and is a member of ECA and all the non-regional specialized agencies, including the IFC. Algeria also participates in the African Development Bank, G-77, League of Arab States, African Union, and OPEC. The nation is a signatory of the Law of the Sea and an applicant to the WTO.
Fishing is fairly extensive along the coast, but the industry is relatively undeveloped. Sardines, bogue, mackerel, anchovies, and shellfish are caught. The 2000 catch was 100,000 tons, down from 135,402 tons in 1994.
Algeria has no territories or colonies.
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