Djibouti is a very small country and if you looked at a map you probably would not see it without straining your eyes.

This is a Djiboutian city from above. It looks very large for the country's size.

Clothing and appearances

Women wear head dresses called shalmat's, a robe, and a few other unpronounceable clothes. Men on the other hand wear t-shirts and jeans and slacks like we do in the western hemisphere.

Food and customs

In Djibouti people eat around the same table for the exception of the men and women eating separate. Men don't always eat lunch and usually chew khat that is a plant that makes you feel like you have eaten when you have not.


Holidays in Djibouti have to the same holidays except for a few extra there is Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha. Eid al-fitr people gather around a spot in a field and pray. Eid al-Adha is the celebration of the end of ramadan.

A brief history

Djibouti was founded by nomadic settlers. there were three different nations that ruled Djibouti for a long time and they were the French, the Italian's, and the British. The country is considered overseas French territory.

Government and economy

Djibouti is a democratic country. President's serve five year terms. Djibouti is divided in to two ethnic groups the Issas and the Afar. Djibouti is a poor country and relies their ports for shipments of food.

Dating and marriage

In Djibouti to propose you ask you father to ask the woman's father to arrange a meeting and the man who wants to marry the women will ask her father and if he says yes and she says yes they will be married. Most people are married by the age of twenty.

This is a marriage celebration.


The languages in Djibouti are French, Arabic, Somali, and Afar.


Arts in Djibouti are Dancing, Songs, Poetry, and Basket making

Housing and transportation

In Djibouti people don't usually have cars so they walk or in some cases bike. Houses in Djibouti are made of Mud brick, Cement, or Plywood the roofs are usually tin.

School and education

School usually starts at age six and lasts five years unless you go to secondary school. Only about 40% of children attend primary school and 25% attend secondary school. In Djibouti the children are taught in the French curriculum.

Thing you might like

Eating out is very cheap. If you miss lunch you can chew khat. Everyone is home for dinner.

Things you might not like

Yards are very close together. Education is not as good as it is in america. The government owns all of the t.v.'s and radios so if you miss a payment they will probably take them.


"Djibouti." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 12 Dec 2014.

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