People's Democratic Republic of Algeria الجمهورية الجزائرية الديمقراطية الشعبية
Capital and Largest City
Arabic, Tamazhight (Berber)
"By the people and for the people"
Qassaman - "We pledge"
Algerian Dinar (DZD)
Unitary Semi-Presidential republic
Council of the Nation (174)
People's National Assembly (407)
Mount Tahat (3,003m)
Almost 90% of the country is covered by the Sahara Desert
Algiers has the tallest minaret in the world.
The Algerian freedom struggle against the French was tough. The French jailed Moufdi Zakariah, a poet affiliated with the Algerian People's Party due to political involvements. In jail, he wrote the national anthem, Qassaman, a song about the Algerian fight for independence. Zakariah had no material to write with, so he wrote the lyrics with his own blood on the prison wall.