Government and Economy
The government limits all freedoms of press, association, speech, and assembly. Despite voting fraud allegations by opposition parties, parliamentary elections in 2012 were deemed largely free and fair by international observers, who show warm admiration of the government’s new initiative that allows for female representation on electoral lists. The voting age is 18 in Algeria. Algeria is not self-sufficient in food growing. Important portions of economy are light industry, food processing, mining iron, phosphate, lead, and zinc.
Arabic is the official language in Africa. French is understood and spoken daily, but some Algerians choose to only speak Arabic. The Arabic language vocabulary is primarily Arabic and French. Tamazight influences its grammar and pronunciation. The Algerian dialect can be understood by the speakers of the North African Arabic dialects but not understood by Middle Eastern Arabic speakers.
This is one of the popular Foods in Algeria. The recipe for this food is
Couscous with Turmeric and Zucchini
1 large onion, chopped
1/2 cup vegetable stock
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
3 to 4 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 small can tomato paste
3 medium zucchini
4 small yellow squash or yellow zucchini
3 to 4 large carrots
4 medium yellow or red potatoes, skins on
1 red or green bell pepper
1 dash of cinnamon
15-ounce can of garbanzo beans
- Sauté onion in vegetable stock over medium-low heat until translucent.
- Add spices and cook for a few more minutes, stirring as needed.
- Add tomato paste, stir, and simmer for 2 minutes.
- Cut the vegetables (not the beans) in large chunks and add to stock mixture with a dash of cinnamon; add water to cover. Bring to a boil and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, for an hour or so. This can cook slowly for 2 to 3 hours, if desired.
- Add the drained garbanzos about 5 minutes before you take the vegetables off the heat.
- Put couscous in a bowl. Pour boiling water over couscous and wait about 5 minutes (ratio of about 1 1/2:1 of water to couscous). Fluff with fork. For added flavor, add some of the liquid from the vegetable stew to the couscous in place of some of the water.
- Serve the stew over the couscous.
Places to visit.
Students from Abudaw University's departments of science and technology, languages, and human sciences spend a lot of their time studying together in this library. Algeria has a few large and several small universities. You would like to go there if you like science and technology, languages, and human sciences.
After World War 1, an Algerian national identity began to form. In 1954 a smoldering independence movement broke into a open warfare. Following years of fowl fighting and more than a million deaths, Algeria was then granted independence in 1962.
Interesting culture Facts
Some of the interesting facts are that
Africa's largest country, Algeria is about three and a half times the size of Texas.
"Algeria." CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2014. Web. 11 Dec 2014.