Jammeh later left Gambia for Equatorial Guinea, where he allegedly lives in a mansion in the village of Mongomo.
In the case of The Gambia, there are two reasons for the definite article. When the Portuguese first arrived in the region, they named the country after the river, The River Gambia, so they called it ‘A Gâmbia’. When the English arrived, they adopted the translated name so that the country became The Gambia.
The Gambia’s economy is dominated by farming, fishing and, especially, tourism. In 2015, 48.6% of the population lived in poverty. In rural areas, poverty is even more widespread, at almost 70%.
The Gambia is the official name of the smallest West African country. Yes, there is the need to put a definite article ‘The’ in front of Gambia. Gambia – referred to as the smiling coast of Africa – shares that ‘pleasure’ with ‘The Bahamas.
Adama Barrow (born 15 February 1965) is a Gambian politician and real estate developer who is the third and current President of the Gambia, in office since 2017.
The Gambia is classified as one of the least developed countries and is a low -income country. Real GNP per capita growth in the 1990-97 period averaged-0.6 percent a year, so average living standards were falling. SOURCE: United Nations.
The peculiar shape and size of the country are the result of territorial compromises made during the 19th century by Great Britain, which controlled the lower Gambia River, and France, which ruled the neighbouring colony of Senegal.
The Gambia is traditionally very tolerant of all religious creeds and beliefs and while the country is predominantly Muslim, with up to 90% of the population practising the basic tenets of Islam, it is essentially a secular country and it prides itself on its broad-minded acceptance of all faiths.
Travel in The Gambia is reasonably safe as long as you take sensible precautions to safeguard your personal possessions. There are a number of checkpoints operating in and around the capital Banjul. Expect your vehicle to be searched if you’re stopped by security forces.
A person working in Gambia typically earns around 15,900 GMD per month. Salaries range from 4,020 GMD (lowest average ) to 71,000 GMD (highest average, actual maximum salary is higher). This is the average monthly salary including housing, transport, and other benefits.
The world has enough wealth and resources to ensure that the entire human race enjoys a basic standard of living. Yet people in countries like Burundi, the Central African Republic or the Democratic Republic of the Congo —the three poorest in the world—continue to live in desperate poverty.
The country is peaceful in a region where Islamic extremism has taken hold in some places. There are mosques in every neighbourhood, but Gambians are observant rather than devout Muslims, and fundamentalism is rare. Although Jammeh banned gambling last year, alcohol is freely available.
Gambian Phrases (Traditional) When you greet someone you say “Salaam aleikum” which means “Peace be upon you” and they would reply Maleekum salaam which means “and peace be upon you” (Arabic). All the various ethnic groups are familiar with this formal salutation.