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  • Introduction :: Algeria
  • Background field listing

    Algeria has known many empires and dynasties starting with the ancient Numidians (3rd century B.C.), Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, over a dozen different Arab and Berber dynasties, Spaniards, and Ottoman Turks. It was under the latter that the Barbary pirates operated from North Africa and preyed on shipping beginning in roughly 1500, peaking in the early to mid-17th century, until finally subdued by the French capture of Algiers in 1830. The French southward conquest of the entirety of Algeria proceeded throughout the 19th century and was marked by many atrocities. The country was heavily colonized by the French in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. A bloody eight-year struggle culminated in Algerian independence in 1962.

    Algeria's primary political party, the National Liberation Front (FLN), was established in 1954 as part of the struggle for independence and has since largely dominated politics. The Government of Algeria in 1988 instituted a multi-party system in response to public unrest, but the surprising first round success of the Islamic Salvation Front (FIS) in the December 1991 legislative elections led the Algerian army to intervene and postpone the second round of elections to prevent what the secular elite feared would be an extremist-led government from assuming power. The army began a crackdown on the FIS that spurred FIS supporters to begin attacking government targets. Fighting escalated into an insurgency, which saw intense violence from 1992-98, resulting in over 100,000 deaths - many attributed to indiscriminate massacres of villagers by extremists. The government gained the upper hand by the late-1990s, and FIS's armed wing, the Islamic Salvation Army, disbanded in January 2000.

    Abdelaziz BOUTEFLIKA, with the backing of the military, won the presidency in 1999 in an election that was boycotted by several candidates protesting alleged fraud, and won subsequent elections in 2004, 2009, and 2014. The government in 2011 introduced some political reforms in response to the Arab Spring, including lifting the 19-year-old state of emergency restrictions and increasing women's quotas for elected assemblies, while also increasing subsidies to the populace. Since 2014, Algeria’s reliance on hydrocarbon revenues to fund the government and finance the large subsidies for the population has fallen under stress because of declining oil prices. Protests broke out across the country in late February 2019 against President BOUTEFLIKA’s decision to seek a fifth term. BOUTEFLIKA resigned on 2 April 2019, and the speaker of the upper house of parliament, Abdelkader BENSALAH, became interim head of state on 9 April. BENSALAH remained in office beyond the 90-day constitutional limit until Algerians elected former Prime Minister Abdelmadjid TEBBOUNE as the country's new president in December 2019.

  • Geography :: Algeria
  • Location field listing
    Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia
    Geographic coordinates field listing
    28 00 N, 3 00 E
    Map references field listing
    Area field listing
    total: 2,381,740 sq km
    land: 2,381,740 sq km
    water: 0 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 11
    Area - comparative field listing
    slightly less than 3.5 times the size of Texas
    Area comparison map: Area comparison map
    Land boundaries field listing
    total: 6,734 km
    border countries (7): Libya 989 km, Mali 1359 km, Mauritania 460 km, Morocco 1900 km, Niger 951 km, Tunisia 1034 km, Western Sahara 41 km
    Coastline field listing
    998 km
    Maritime claims field listing
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive fishing zone: 32-52 nm
    Climate field listing
    arid to semiarid; mild, wet winters with hot, dry summers along coast; drier with cold winters and hot summers on high plateau; sirocco is a hot, dust/sand-laden wind especially common in summer
    Terrain field listing
    mostly high plateau and desert; Atlas Mountains in the far north and Hoggar Mountains in the south; narrow, discontinuous coastal plain
    Elevation field listing
    mean elevation: 800 m
    lowest point: Chott Melrhir -40 m
    highest point: Tahat 2,908 m
    Natural resources field listing
    petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, uranium, lead, zinc
    Land use field listing
    agricultural land: 17.4% (2016 est.)
    arable land: 3.1% (2016 est.) / permanent crops: 0.4% (2016 est.) / permanent pasture: 13.8% (2016 est.)
    forest: 0.8% (2016 est.)
    other: 81.8% (2016 est.)
    Irrigated land field listing
    13,600 sq km (2014)
    Population distribution field listing
    the vast majority of the populace is found in the extreme northern part of the country along the Mediterranean Coast as shown in this population distribution map
    Natural hazards field listing
    mountainous areas subject to severe earthquakes; mudslides and floods in rainy season; droughts
    Environment - current issues field listing
    air pollution in major cities; soil erosion from overgrazing and other poor farming practices; desertification; dumping of raw sewage, petroleum refining wastes, and other industrial effluents is leading to the pollution of rivers and coastal waters; Mediterranean Sea, in particular, becoming polluted from oil wastes, soil erosion, and fertilizer runoff; inadequate supplies of potable water
    Environment - international agreements field listing
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    Geography - note field listing
    largest country in Africa but 80% desert; canyons and caves in the southern Hoggar Mountains and in the barren Tassili n'Ajjer area in the southeast of the country contain numerous examples of prehistoric art - rock paintings and carvings depicting human activities and wild and domestic animals (elephants, giraffes, cattle) - that date to the African Humid Period, roughly 11,000 to 5,000 years ago, when the region was completely vegetated
  • People and Society :: Algeria
  • Population field listing
    42,972,878 (July 2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 35
    Nationality field listing
    noun: Algerian(s)
    adjective: Algerian
    Ethnic groups field listing
    Arab-Berber 99%, European less than 1%

    note: although almost all Algerians are Berber in origin (not Arab), only a minority identify themselves as primarily Berber, about 15% of the total population; these people live mostly in the mountainous region of Kabylie east of Algiers and several other communities; the Berbers are also Muslim but identify with their Berber rather than Arab cultural heritage; Berbers have long agitated, sometimes violently, for autonomy; the government is unlikely to grant autonomy but has officially recognized Berber languages and introduced them into public schools

    Languages field listing
    Arabic (official), French (lingua franca), Berber or Tamazight (official); dialects include Kabyle Berber (Taqbaylit), Shawiya Berber (Tacawit), Mzab Berber, Tuareg Berber (Tamahaq)
    Religions field listing
    Muslim (official; predominantly Sunni) 99%, other (includes Christian and Jewish) <1% (2012 est.)
    MENA religious affiliation: PDF
    Demographic profile field listing

    For the first two thirds of the 20th century, Algeria's high fertility rate caused its population to grow rapidly. However, about a decade after independence from France in 1962, the total fertility rate fell dramatically from 7 children per woman in the 1970s to about 2.4 in 2000, slowing Algeria's population growth rate by the late 1980s. The lower fertility rate was mainly the result of women's rising age at first marriage (virtually all Algerian children being born in wedlock) and to a lesser extent the wider use of contraceptives. Later marriages and a preference for smaller families are attributed to increases in women's education and participation in the labor market; higher unemployment; and a shortage of housing forcing multiple generations to live together. The average woman's age at first marriage increased from about 19 in the mid-1950s to 24 in the mid-1970s to 30.5 in the late 1990s.

    Algeria's fertility rate experienced an unexpected upturn in the early 2000s, as the average woman's age at first marriage dropped slightly. The reversal in fertility could represent a temporary fluctuation in marriage age or, less likely, a decrease in the steady rate of contraceptive use.

    Thousands of Algerian peasants - mainly Berber men from the Kabylia region - faced with land dispossession and economic hardship under French rule migrated temporarily to France to work in manufacturing and mining during the first half of the 20th century. This movement accelerated during World War I, when Algerians filled in for French factory workers or served as soldiers. In the years following independence, low-skilled Algerian workers and Algerians who had supported the French (known as Harkis) emigrated en masse to France. Tighter French immigration rules and Algiers' decision to cease managing labor migration to France in the 1970s limited legal emigration largely to family reunification.

    Not until Algeria's civil war in the 1990s did the country again experience substantial outmigration. Many Algerians legally entered Tunisia without visas claiming to be tourists and then stayed as workers. Other Algerians headed to Europe seeking asylum, although France imposed restrictions. Sub-Saharan African migrants came to Algeria after its civil war to work in agriculture and mining. In the 2000s, a wave of educated Algerians went abroad seeking skilled jobs in a wider range of destinations, increasing their presence in North America and Spain. At the same time, legal foreign workers principally from China and Egypt came to work in Algeria's construction and oil sectors. Illegal migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Malians, Nigeriens, and Gambians, continue to come to Algeria in search of work or to use it as a stepping stone to Libya and Europe.

    Since 1975, Algeria also has been the main recipient of Sahrawi refugees from the ongoing conflict in Western Sahara. More than 1000,000 Sahrawis are estimated to be living in five refugee camps in southwestern Algeria near Tindouf.

    Age structure field listing
    0-14 years: 29.58% (male 6,509,490/female 6,201,450)
    15-24 years: 13.93% (male 3,063,972/female 2,922,368)
    25-54 years: 42.91% (male 9,345,997/female 9,091,558)
    55-64 years: 7.41% (male 1,599,369/female 1,585,233)
    65 years and over: 6.17% (male 1,252,084/female 1,401,357) (2020 est.)
    population pyramid: population pyramid
    Dependency ratios field listing
    total dependency ratio: 60.1
    youth dependency ratio: 49.3
    elderly dependency ratio: 10.8
    potential support ratio: 9.3 (2020 est.)
    Median age field listing
    total: 28.9 years
    male: 28.6 years
    female: 29.3 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 139
    Population growth rate field listing
    1.52% (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Birth rate field listing
    20 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 76
    Death rate field listing
    4.4 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 208
    Net migration rate field listing
    -0.9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    Population distribution field listing
    the vast majority of the populace is found in the extreme northern part of the country along the Mediterranean Coast as shown in this population distribution map
    Urbanization field listing
    urban population: 73.7% of total population (2020)
    rate of urbanization: 2.46% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    total population growth rate v. urban population growth rate, 2000-2030: PDF
    Major urban areas - population field listing
    2.768 million ALGIERS (capital), 899,000 Oran (2020)
    Sex ratio field listing
    at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.89 male(s)/female
    total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2020 est.)
    Maternal mortality rate field listing
    112 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 68
    Infant mortality rate field listing
    total: 17.6 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 19.1 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 16 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 85
    Life expectancy at birth field listing
    total population: 77.5 years
    male: 76.1 years
    female: 79.1 years (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 77
    Total fertility rate field listing
    2.59 children born/woman (2020 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Contraceptive prevalence rate field listing
    57.1% (2012/13)
    Drinking water source field listing
    improved: urban: 99.2% of population
    rural: 97.4% of population
    total: 98.7% of population
    unimproved: urban: 0.8% of population
    rural: 2.1% of population
    total: 1.1% of population (2017 est.)
    Current Health Expenditure field listing
    6.4% (2017)
    Physicians density field listing
    1.79 physicians/1,000 population (2017)
    Hospital bed density field listing
    1.9 beds/1,000 population (2015)
    Sanitation facility access field listing
    improved: urban: 96.9% of population
    rural: 93.4% of population
    total: 96% of population
    unimproved: urban: 3.1% of population
    rural: 6.6% of population
    total: 4% of population (2017 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate field listing
    <.1% (2019 est.)
    HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS field listing
    22,000 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 84
    HIV/AIDS - deaths field listing
    <200 (2019 est.)
    Obesity - adult prevalence rate field listing
    27.4% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 38
    Children under the age of 5 years underweight field listing
    3% (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 99
    Education expenditures field listing
    Literacy field listing
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 81.4%
    male: 87.4%
    female: 75.3% (2018)
    School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education) field listing
    total: 14 years
    male: 14 years
    female: 15 years (2011)
    Unemployment, youth ages 15-24 field listing
    total: 39.3%
    male: 33.1%
    female: 82% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
  • Government :: Algeria
  • Country name field listing
    conventional long form: People's Democratic Republic of Algeria
    conventional short form: Algeria
    local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Jaza'iriyah ad Dimuqratiyah ash Sha'biyah
    local short form: Al Jaza'ir
    etymology: the country name derives from the capital city of Algiers
    Government type field listing
    presidential republic
    Capital field listing
    name: Algiers
    geographic coordinates: 36 45 N, 3 03 E
    time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    etymology: name derives from the Arabic "al-Jazair" meaning "the islands" and refers to the four islands formerly off the coast but joined to the mainland since 1525
    Administrative divisions field listing
    48 provinces (wilayas, singular - wilaya); Adrar, Ain Defla, Ain Temouchent, Alger, Annaba, Batna, Bechar, Bejaia, Biskra, Blida, Bordj Bou Arreridj, Bouira, Boumerdes, Chlef, Constantine, Djelfa, El Bayadh, El Oued, El Tarf, Ghardaia, Guelma, Illizi, Jijel, Khenchela, Laghouat, Mascara, Medea, Mila, Mostaganem, M'Sila, Naama, Oran, Ouargla, Oum el Bouaghi, Relizane, Saida, Setif, Sidi Bel Abbes, Skikda, Souk Ahras, Tamanrasset, Tebessa, Tiaret, Tindouf, Tipaza, Tissemsilt, Tizi Ouzou, Tlemcen
    Independence field listing
    5 July 1962 (from France)
    National holiday field listing
    Independence Day, 5 July (1962); Revolution Day, 1 November (1954)
    Constitution field listing
    history: several previous; latest approved by referendum 23 February 1989
    amendments: proposed by the president of the republic or through the president with the support of three fourths of the members of both houses of Parliament in joint session; passage requires approval by both houses, approval by referendum, and promulgation by the president; the president can forego a referendum if the Constitutional Council determines the proposed amendment does not conflict with basic constitutional principles; articles including the republican form of government, the integrity and unity of the country, and fundamental citizens’ liberties and rights cannot be amended; amended 2002, 2008, 2016
    International law organization participation field listing
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
    Citizenship field listing
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: the mother must be a citizen of Algeria
    dual citizenship recognized: no
    residency requirement for naturalization: 7 years
    Suffrage field listing
    18 years of age; universal
    Executive branch field listing
    chief of state: President Abdelmadjid TEBBOUNE (since 12 December 2019)
    head of government: Abdelaziz DJERAD (since 28 December 2019)
    cabinet: Cabinet of Ministers appointed by the president
    elections/appointments: president directly elected by absolute majority popular vote in two rounds if needed for a 5-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 12 December 2019 (next to be held in 2024); prime minister nominated by the president after consultation with the majority party in Parliament
    election results: Abdelmadjid TEBBOUNE (NLF) 58.1%, Abdelkader BENGRINA (Movement of National Construction) 17.4%, Ali BENFLIS (Vanguard of Freedoms) 10.6%, Azzedine MIHOUBI (RND) 7.3%, Abdelaziz BELAID (Future Front) 6.7%
    Legislative branch field listing
    description: bicameral Parliament consists of:
    Council of the Nation (upper house with 144 seats; one-third of members appointed by the president, two-thirds indirectly elected by simple majority vote by an electoral college composed of local council members; members serve 6-year terms with one-half of the membership renewed every 3 years)
    National People's Assembly (lower house with 462 seats including 8 seats for Algerians living abroad); members directly elected in multi-seat constituencies by proportional representation vote to serve 5-year terms)
    Council of the Nation - last held on 29 December 2018 (next to be held in December 2021)
    National People's Assembly - last held on 4 May 2017 (next to be held in 2022)
    election results:
    Council of the Nation - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; composition - men 137, women 7, percent of women 5% 
    National People's Assembly - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - FLN 164, RND 97, MSP-FC 33, TAJ 19, Ennahda-FJD 15, FFS 14, El Mostakbel 14, MPA 13, PT 11, RCD 9, ANR 8, MEN 4, other 33, independent 28; composition - men 343, women 119, percent of women 25.8%; note - total Parliament percent of women 20.8%
    Judicial branch field listing
    highest courts: Supreme Court or Cour Suprême, (consists of 150 judges organized into 8 chambers: Civil, Commercial and Maritime, Criminal, House of Offenses and Contraventions, House of Petitions, Land, Personal Status, and Social; Constitutional Council (consists of 12 members including the court chairman and deputy chairman); note - Algeria's judicial system does not include sharia courts
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court judges appointed by the High Council of Magistracy, an administrative body presided over by the president of the republic, and includes the republic vice-president and several members; judges appointed for life; Constitutional Council members - 4 appointed by the president of the republic, 2 each by the 2 houses of Parliament, 2 by the Supreme Court, and 2 by the Council of State; Council president and members appointed for single 6-year terms with half the membership renewed every 3 years
    subordinate courts: appellate or wilaya courts; first instance or daira tribunals
    Political parties and leaders field listing
    Algerian National Front or FNA [Moussa TOUATI]
    Algerian Popular Movement or MPA [Amara BENYOUNES]
    Algerian Rally or RA [Ali ZAGHDOUD]
    Algeria's Hope Rally or TAJ [Amar GHOUL]
    Democratic and Social Movement or MDS [Hamid FERHI]
    Dignity or El Karama [Aymene HARKATI]
    Ennour El Djazairi Party (Algerian Radiance Party) or PED [Badreddine BELBAZ]
    Front for Justice and Development or El Adala [Abdallah DJABALLAH]
    Future Front or El Mostakbel [Abdelaziz BELAID]
    Islamic Renaissance Movement or Ennahda Movement [Mohamed DOUIBI]
    Justice and Development Front or FJD [Abdellah DJABALLAH]
    Movement of National Construction (Harakat El-Binaa El-Watani) [Abdelkader BENGRINA]
    Movement of National Understanding or MEN
    Movement for National Reform or Islah [Filali GHOUINI]
    Movement of Society for Peace or MSP [Abderrazak MOKRI]
    National Democratic Rally (Rassemblement National Democratique) or RND [Ahmed OUYAHIA]
    National Front for Social Justice or FNJS [Khaled BOUNEDJEMA]
    National Liberation Front or FLN [Mohamed DJEMAI]
    National Party for Solidarity and Development or PNSD [Dalila YALAQUI]
    National Reform Movement or Islah [Djahid YOUNSI]
    National Republican Alliance or ANR [Belkacem SAHLI]
    New Dawn Party or PFJ [Tahar BENBAIBECHE]
    New Generation or Jil Jadid [Soufiane DJILALI]
    Oath of 1954 or Ahd 54 [Ali Fawzi REBAINE]
    Party of Justice and Liberty [Mohammed SAID]
    Rally for Culture and Democracy or RCD [Mohcine BELABBAS]
    Socialist Forces Front or FFS [Hakim BELAHCEL]
    Union for Change and Progress or UCP [Zoubida Assoul]
    Union of Democratic and Social Forces or UFDS [Noureddine BAHBOUH]
    Vanguard of Freedoms (Talaie El Houriat) [Ali BENFLIS]
    Youth Party or PJ [Hamana BOUCHARMA]
    Workers Party or PT [Louisa HANOUNE]

    note: a law banning political parties based on religion was enacted in March 1997

    International organization participation field listing
    Diplomatic representation in the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador Madjid BOUGUERRA (since 23 February 2015)
    chancery: 2118 Kalorama Road NW, Washington, DC 20008
    telephone: [1] (202) 265-2800
    FAX: [1] (202) 986-5906
    consulate(s) general: New York
    Diplomatic representation from the US field listing
    chief of mission: Ambassador John P. DESROCHER (since 5 September 2017)
    telephone: [213] (0) 770-08-2000
    embassy: 05 Chemin Cheikh Bachir, Ibrahimi, El-Biar 16030, Alger
    mailing address: B. P. 408, Alger-Gare, 16030 Algiers
    FAX: [213] (0) 770-08-2064
    Flag description field listing
    two equal vertical bands of green (hoist side) and white; a red, five-pointed star within a red crescent centered over the two-color boundary; the colors represent Islam (green), purity and peace (white), and liberty (red); the crescent and star are also Islamic symbols, but the crescent is more closed than those of other Muslim countries because Algerians believe the long crescent horns bring happiness
    National symbol(s) field listing
    five-pointed star between the extended horns of a crescent moon, fennec fox; national colors: green, white, red
    National anthem field listing
    name: "Kassaman" (We Pledge)
    lyrics/music: Mufdi ZAKARIAH/Mohamed FAWZI

    note: adopted 1962; ZAKARIAH wrote "Kassaman" as a poem while imprisoned in Algiers by French colonial forces

  • Economy :: Algeria
  • Economy - overview field listing

    Algeria's economy remains dominated by the state, a legacy of the country's socialist post-independence development model. In recent years the Algerian Government has halted the privatization of state-owned industries and imposed restrictions on imports and foreign involvement in its economy, pursuing an explicit import substitution policy.

    Hydrocarbons have long been the backbone of the economy, accounting for roughly 30% of GDP, 60% of budget revenues, and nearly 95% of export earnings. Algeria has the 10th-largest reserves of natural gas in the world - including the 3rd-largest reserves of shale gas - and is the 6th-largest gas exporter. It ranks 16th in proven oil reserves. Hydrocarbon exports enabled Algeria to maintain macroeconomic stability, amass large foreign currency reserves, and maintain low external debt while global oil prices were high. With lower oil prices since 2014, Algeria’s foreign exchange reserves have declined by more than half and its oil stabilization fund has decreased from about $20 billion at the end of 2013 to about $7 billion in 2017, which is the statutory minimum.

    Declining oil prices have also reduced the government’s ability to use state-driven growth to distribute rents and fund generous public subsidies, and the government has been under pressure to reduce spending. Over the past three years, the government has enacted incremental increases in some taxes, resulting in modest increases in prices for gasoline, cigarettes, alcohol, and certain imported goods, but it has refrained from reducing subsidies, particularly for education, healthcare, and housing programs.

    Algiers has increased protectionist measures since 2015 to limit its import bill and encourage domestic production of non-oil and gas industries. Since 2015, the government has imposed additional restrictions on access to foreign exchange for imports, and import quotas for specific products, such as cars. In January 2018 the government imposed an indefinite suspension on the importation of roughly 850 products, subject to periodic review.

    President BOUTEFLIKA announced in fall 2017 that Algeria intends to develop its non-conventional energy resources. Algeria has struggled to develop non-hydrocarbon industries because of heavy regulation and an emphasis on state-driven growth. Algeria has not increased non-hydrocarbon exports, and hydrocarbon exports have declined because of field depletion and increased domestic demand.

    GDP (purchasing power parity) field listing
    $630 billion (2017 est.)
    $621.3 billion (2016 est.)
    $602 billion (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 36
    GDP (official exchange rate) field listing
    $167.6 billion (2017 est.)
    GDP - real growth rate field listing
    1.4% (2017 est.)
    3.2% (2016 est.)
    3.7% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 158
    GDP - per capita (PPP) field listing
    $15,200 (2017 est.)
    $15,200 (2016 est.)
    $15,100 (2015 est.)

    note: data are in 2017 dollars

    country comparison to the world: 109
    Gross national saving field listing
    37.8% of GDP (2017 est.)
    37.4% of GDP (2016 est.)
    36.4% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    GDP - composition, by end use field listing
    household consumption: 42.7% (2017 est.)
    government consumption: 20.2% (2017 est.)
    investment in fixed capital: 38.1% (2017 est.)
    investment in inventories: 11.2% (2017 est.)
    exports of goods and services: 23.6% (2017 est.)
    imports of goods and services: -35.8% (2017 est.)
    GDP - composition, by sector of origin field listing
    agriculture: 13.3% (2017 est.)
    industry: 39.3% (2017 est.)
    services: 47.4% (2017 est.)
    Agriculture - products field listing
    wheat, barley, oats, grapes, olives, citrus, fruits; sheep, cattle
    Industries field listing
    petroleum, natural gas, light industries, mining, electrical, petrochemical, food processing
    Industrial production growth rate field listing
    0.6% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 164
    Labor force field listing
    10.859 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 48
    Labor force - by occupation field listing
    agriculture: 10.8%
    industry: 30.9%
    services: 58.4% (2011 est.)
    Unemployment rate field listing
    11.7% (2017 est.)
    10.5% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 159
    Population below poverty line field listing
    23% (2006 est.)
    Household income or consumption by percentage share field listing
    lowest 10%: 2.8%
    highest 10%: 26.8% (1995)
    Budget field listing
    revenues: 54.15 billion (2017 est.)
    expenditures: 70.2 billion (2017 est.)
    Taxes and other revenues field listing
    32.3% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 67
    Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) field listing
    -9.6% (of GDP) (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 207
    Public debt field listing
    27.5% of GDP (2017 est.)
    20.4% of GDP (2016 est.)

    note: data cover central government debt as well as debt issued by subnational entities and intra-governmental debt

    country comparison to the world: 170
    Fiscal year field listing
    calendar year
    Inflation rate (consumer prices) field listing
    5.6% (2017 est.)
    6.4% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 179
    Current account balance field listing
    -$22.1 billion (2017 est.)
    -$26.47 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 198
    Exports field listing
    $34.37 billion (2017 est.)
    $29.06 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 58
    Exports - partners field listing
    Italy 17.4%, Spain 13%, France 11.9%, US 9.4%, Brazil 6.2%, Netherlands 5.5% (2017)
    Exports - commodities field listing
    petroleum, natural gas, and petroleum products 97% (2009 est.)
    Imports field listing
    $48.54 billion (2017 est.)
    $49.43 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 55
    Imports - commodities field listing
    capital goods, foodstuffs, consumer goods
    Imports - partners field listing
    China 18.2%, France 9.1%, Italy 8%, Germany 7%, Spain 6.9%, Turkey 4.4% (2017)
    Reserves of foreign exchange and gold field listing
    $97.89 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $114.7 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 26
    Debt - external field listing
    $6.26 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $5.088 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 128
    Exchange rates field listing
    Algerian dinars (DZD) per US dollar -
    108.9 (2017 est.)
    109.443 (2016 est.)
    109.443 (2015 est.)
    100.691 (2014 est.)
    80.579 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: Algeria
  • Electricity access field listing
    population without electricity: 400,000 (2016)
    electrification - total population: 99.4% (2016)
    electrification - urban areas: 99.6% (2016)
    electrification - rural areas: 99% (2016)
    Electricity - production field listing
    66.89 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 42
    Electricity - consumption field listing
    55.96 billion kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    Electricity - exports field listing
    641 million kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 65
    Electricity - imports field listing
    257 million kWh (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 91
    Electricity - installed generating capacity field listing
    19.27 million kW (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    Electricity - from fossil fuels field listing
    96% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Electricity - from nuclear fuels field listing
    0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 34
    Electricity - from hydroelectric plants field listing
    1% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 144
    Electricity - from other renewable sources field listing
    2% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 130
    Crude oil - production field listing
    1.259 million bbl/day (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 18
    Crude oil - exports field listing
    756,400 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    Crude oil - imports field listing
    5,340 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 75
    Crude oil - proved reserves field listing
    12.2 billion bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    Refined petroleum products - production field listing
    627,900 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 29
    Refined petroleum products - consumption field listing
    405,000 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    Refined petroleum products - exports field listing
    578,800 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 15
    Refined petroleum products - imports field listing
    82,930 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 61
    Natural gas - production field listing
    93.5 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 10
    Natural gas - consumption field listing
    41.28 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    Natural gas - exports field listing
    53.88 billion cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 7
    Natural gas - imports field listing
    0 cu m (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    Natural gas - proved reserves field listing
    4.504 trillion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 10
    Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy field listing
    135.9 million Mt (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 34
  • Communications :: Algeria
  • Telephones - fixed lines field listing
    total subscriptions: 4,558,502
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 10.77 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 30
    Telephones - mobile cellular field listing
    total subscriptions: 46,287,629
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 109.36 (2019 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 32
    Telecommunication systems field listing
    general assessment: improved international connectivity and privatization of Algeria's telecommunications sector began in 2000; three mobile-cellular licenses have been issued; LTE service growth in additional provinces and rural areas; upgrade to LTE infrastructure and migration to 5G; LTE subscriber rate up 82% in 2018; Chinese company Huawei opens smart phone assembly plant in Algeria; ending of monopolies have made broadband services more affordable; Algeria and Tunisia end roaming charges for travelers (2020)
    domestic: a limited network of fixed-lines with a teledensity of less than 11 telephones per 100 persons has been offset by the rapid increase in mobile-cellular subscribership; mobile-cellular teledensity was roughly 109 telephones per 100 persons (2019)
    international: country code - 213; ALPAL-2 is a submarine telecommunications cable system in the Mediterranean Sea linking Algeria and the Spanish Balearic island of Majorca; ORVAL is a submarine cable to Spain; landing points for the TE North/TGN-Eurasia/SEACOM/SeaMeWe-4 fiber-optic submarine cable system that provides links to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia; MED cable connecting Algeria with France; microwave radio relay to Italy, France, Spain, Morocco, and Tunisia; Algeria part of the 4,500 Km terrestrial Trans Sahara Backbone network which connects to other fiber networks in the region; Alcomstat-1 satellite offering  telemedicine network (2020)
    note: the COVID-19 outbreak is negatively impacting telecommunications production and supply chains globally; consumer spending on telecom devices and services has also slowed due to the pandemic's effect on economies worldwide; overall progress towards improvements in all facets of the telecom industry - mobile, fixed-line, broadband, submarine cable and satellite - has moderated
    Broadcast media field listing
    state-run Radio-Television Algerienne operates the broadcast media and carries programming in Arabic, Berber dialects, and French; use of satellite dishes is widespread, providing easy access to European and Arab satellite stations; state-run radio operates several national networks and roughly 40 regional radio stations
    Internet country code field listing
    Internet users field listing
    total: 24,819,531
    percent of population: 59.58% (July 2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 31
    Broadband - fixed subscriptions field listing
    total: 3,067,022
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 7 (2018 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 43
  • Transportation :: Algeria
  • National air transport system field listing
    number of registered air carriers: 3 (2020)
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 87
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 6,442,442 (2018)
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 28.28 million mt-km (2018)
    Civil aircraft registration country code prefix field listing
    7T (2016)
    Airports field listing
    149 (2020)
    country comparison to the world: 36
    Airports - with paved runways field listing
    total: 67 (2020)
    over 3,047 m: 14
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 27
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 18
    914 to 1,523 m: 6
    under 914 m: 2
    Airports - with unpaved runways field listing
    total: 82 (2020)
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 16
    914 to 1,523 m: 36
    under 914 m: 28
    Heliports field listing
    3 (2013)
    Pipelines field listing
    2600 km condensate, 16415 km gas, 3447 km liquid petroleum gas, 7036 km oil, 144 km refined products (2013)
    Railways field listing
    total: 3,973 km (2014)
    standard gauge: 2,888 km 1.432-m gauge (283 km electrified) (2014)
    narrow gauge: 1,085 km 1.055-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    Roadways field listing
    total: 104,000 km (2015)
    paved: 71,656 km (2015)
    unpaved: 32,344 km (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 46
    Merchant marine field listing
    total: 114
    by type: bulk carrier 2, general cargo 11, oil tanker 10, other 91 (2019)
    country comparison to the world: 83
    Ports and terminals field listing
    major seaport(s): Algiers, Annaba, Arzew, Bejaia, Djendjene, Jijel, Mostaganem, Oran, Skikda
    LNG terminal(s) (export): Arzew, Bethioua, Skikda
  • Military and Security :: Algeria
  • Military and security forces field listing
    Algerian People's National Army (ANP): Land Forces, Naval Forces (includes coast guard), Air Forces, Territorial Air Defense Forces, Republican Guard; National Gendarmerie (subordinate to the Ministry of National Defense); Ministry of Interior: General Directorate of National Security (2020)
    Military expenditures field listing
    6% of GDP (2019)
    5.5% of GDP (2018)
    5.81% of GDP (2017)
    6.55% of GDP (2016)
    6.32% of GDP (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 3
    Military and security service personnel strengths field listing

    the Algerian People's National Army (ANP) has approximately 130,000 total active personnel (110,000 Army; 6,000 Navy; 14,000 Air Force); est. 40,000 Gendarmerie

    (2019 est.)
    Military equipment inventories and acquisitions field listing
    the ANP's inventory includes mostly Russian-sourced equipment with smaller amounts from other suppliers, particularly China and Europe; since 2010, Russia is the leading supplier of armaments to Algeria, followed by China, Germany, and Italy (2020)
    Military service age and obligation field listing
    18 is the legal minimum age for voluntary military service; 19-30 years of age for compulsory service; conscript service obligation reduced from 18 to 12 months in 2014 (2019)
  • Terrorism :: Algeria
  • Terrorist group(s) field listing
    al-Qa'ida in the Islamic Maghreb; Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham (ISIS) – Algeria; al-Mulathamun Battalion (al-Mourabitoun) (2020)

    note: details about the history, aims, leadership, organization, areas of operation, tactics, targets, weapons, size, and sources of support of the group(s) appear(s) in Appendix T

  • Transnational Issues :: Algeria
  • Disputes - international field listing

    Algeria and many other states reject Moroccan administration of Western Sahara; the Polisario Front, exiled in Algeria, represents the "Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic" which Algeria recognizes; the Algerian-Moroccan land border remains closed; dormant disputes include Libyan claims of about 32,000 sq km of southeastern Algeria and the National Liberation Front's (FLN) assertions of a claim to Chirac Pastures in southeastern Morocco.


    Refugees and internally displaced persons field listing
    refugees (country of origin): more than 100,000 (Western Saharan Sahrawi, mostly living in Algerian-sponsored camps in the southwestern Algerian town of Tindouf) (2018); 7,757 (Syria) (2019)
    Trafficking in persons field listing
    current situation: Algeria is a transit and, to a lesser extent, a destination and source country for women subjected to forced labor and sex trafficking and, to a lesser extent, men subjected to forced labor; criminal networks, sometimes extending to Sub-Saharan Africa and to Europe, are involved in human smuggling and trafficking in Algeria; Sub-Saharan adults enter Algeria voluntarily but illegally, often with the aid of smugglers, for onward travel to Europe, but some of the women are forced into prostitution, domestic service, and begging; some Sub-Saharan men, mostly from Mali, are forced into domestic servitude; some Algerian women and children are also forced into prostitution domestically
    tier rating: Tier 3 – Algeria does not fully comply with the minimum standards for the elimination of trafficking and is not making significant efforts to do so: some officials denied the existence of human trafficking, hindering law enforcement efforts; the government reported its first conviction under its anti-trafficking law; one potential trafficking case was investigated in 2014, but no suspected offenders were arrested; no progress was made in identifying victims among vulnerable groups or referring them to NGO-run protection service, which left trafficking victims subject to arrest and detention; no anti-trafficking public awareness or educational campaigns were conducted (2015)