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THE FACTS
NAME: Algeria
LOCATION: Africa & The Middle East
GOVERNMENT:   Republic
OFFICIAL LANGUAGE: Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects.
MAJOR RELIGION(S):  Sunni Muslim (state religion) 99%, Christian and Jewish 1%
MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS: Arab-Berber 99%, European less than 1% note: almost all Algerians are Berber in origin, not Arab; the minority who identify themselves as Berber live mostly in the mountainous region of Kabylie east of Algiers; 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 offered to begin sponsoring teaching Berber language in schools.

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