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Several powerful Somali states dominated the Indian Ocean trade from the 13th century onward. In the late 19th century, the area that would become Somalia was colonized by Britain in the north and Italy in the south. Britain withdrew from British Somaliland in 1960 to allow its protectorate to join with Italian Somaliland and form the new nation of Somalia. In 1969, a coup headed by Mohamed SIAD Barre ushered in an authoritarian socialist rule characterized by the persecution, jailing, and torture of political opponents and dissidents. After the regime's collapse early in 1991, Somalia descended into turmoil, factional fighting, and anarchy. In May 1991, northern clans declared an independent Republic of Somaliland that now includes the administrative regions of Awdal, Woqooyi Galbeed, Togdheer, Sanaag, and Sool. Although not recognized by any government, this entity has maintained a stable existence and continues efforts to establish a constitutional democracy, including holding municipal, parliamentary, and presidential elections. The regions of Bari, Nugaal, and northern Mudug comprise a neighboring semi-autonomous state of Puntland, which has been self-governing since 1998 but does not aim at independence; it has also made strides toward reconstructing a legitimate, representative government but has suffered some civil strife. Puntland disputes its border with Somaliland as it also claims the regions of Sool and Sanaag, and portions of Togdheer. Beginning in 1993, a two-year UN humanitarian effort (primarily in south-central Somalia) was able to alleviate famine conditions, but when the UN withdrew in 1995, having suffered significant casualties, order still had not been restored. ++ In 2000, the Somalia National Peace Conference (SNPC) held in Djibouti resulted in the formation of an interim government, known as the Transitional National Government (TNG). When the TNG failed to establish adequate security or governing institutions, the Government of Kenya, under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD), led a subsequent peace process that concluded in October 2004 with the election of Abdullahi YUSUF Ahmed as President of a second interim government, known as the Transitional Federal Government (TFG) of the Somali Republic. The TFG included a 275-member parliamentary body, known as the Transitional Federal Parliament (TFP). President YUSUF resigned late in 2008 while UN-sponsored talks between the TFG and the opposition Alliance for the Re-Liberation of Somalia (ARS) were underway in Djibouti. In January 2009, following the creation of a TFG-ARS unity government, Ethiopian military forces, which had entered Somalia in December 2006 to support the TFG in the face of advances by the opposition Islamic Courts Union (ICU), withdrew from the country. The TFP was doubled in size to 550 seats with the addition of 200 ARS and 75 civil society members of parliament. The expanded parliament elected Sheikh SHARIF Sheikh Ahmed, the former ICU and ARS chairman as president in January 2009. The creation of the TFG was based on the Transitional Federal Charter (TFC), which outlined a five-year mandate leading to the establishment of a new Somali constitution and a transition to a representative government following national elections. In 2009, the TFP amended the TFC to extend TFG's mandate until 2011 and in 2011 Somali principals agreed to institute political transition by August 2012. The transition process ended in September 2012 when clan elders replaced the TFP by appointing 275 members to a new parliament who subsequently elected a new president.



Eastern Africa, bordering the Gulf of Aden and the Indian Ocean, east of Ethiopia

Geographic coordinates:

10 00 N, 49 00 E

Map references:



total: 637,657 sq km
land: 627,337 sq km
water: 10,320 sq km
country comparison to the world: 45

Area - comparative:

almost five times the size of Alabama; slightly smaller than Texas

Land boundaries:

total: 2,385 km
border countries (3): Djibouti 61 km, Ethiopia 1640 km, Kenya 684 km


3,025 km

Maritime claims:

territorial sea: 200 nm


principally desert; northeast monsoon (December to February), moderate temperatures in north and hot in south; southwest monsoon (May to October), torrid in the north and hot in the south, irregular rainfall, hot and humid periods (tangambili) between monsoons


mostly flat to undulating plateau rising to hills in north


mean elevation: 410 m
lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
highest point: Shimbiris 2,416 m

Natural resources:

uranium and largely unexploited reserves of iron ore, tin, gypsum, bauxite, copper, salt, natural gas, likely oil reserves

Land use:

agricultural land: 70.3% (2011 est.)
arable land: 1.8% (2011 est.) / permanent crops: 0% (2011 est.) / permanent pasture: 68.5% (2011 est.)
forest: 10.6% (2011 est.)
other: 19.1% (2011 est.)

Irrigated land:

2,000 sq km (2012)

Population distribution:

distribution varies greatly throughout the country; least densely populated areas are in the northeast and central regions, as well as areas along the Kenyan border; most populated areas are in and around the cities of Mogadishu, Marka, Boorama, Hargeysa, and Baidoa as shown on this population distribution map

Natural hazards:

recurring droughts; frequent dust storms over eastern plains in summer; floods during rainy season

Environment - current issues:

water scarcity; contaminated water contributes to human health problems; improper waste disposal; deforestation; land degradation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Environment - international agreements:

party to: Biodiversity, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Geography - note:

strategic location on Horn of Africa along southern approaches to Bab el Mandeb and route through Red Sea and Suez Canal

People and Society


11,757,124 (July 2020 est.)
note: this estimate was derived from an official census taken in 1975 by the Somali Government; population counting in Somalia is complicated by the large number of nomads and by refugee movements in response to famine and clan warfare
country comparison to the world: 78


noun: Somali(s)
adjective: Somali

Ethnic groups:

Somali 85%, Bantu and other non-Somali 15% (including 30,000 Arabs)


Somali (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter), Arabic (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter), Italian, English


Sunni Muslim (Islam) (official, according to the 2012 Transitional Federal Charter)

Demographic profile:

Somalia scores very low for most humanitarian indicators, suffering from poor governance, protracted internal conflict, underdevelopment, economic decline, poverty, social and gender inequality, and environmental degradation. Despite civil war and famine raising its mortality rate, Somalia's high fertility rate and large proportion of people of reproductive age maintain rapid population growth, with each generation being larger than the prior one. More than 60% of Somalia's population is younger than 25, and the fertility rate is among the world's highest at almost 6 children per woman – a rate that has decreased little since the 1970s. ++ A lack of educational and job opportunities is a major source of tension for Somalia's large youth cohort, making them vulnerable to recruitment by extremist and pirate groups. Somalia has one of the world's lowest primary school enrollment rates – just over 40% of children are in school – and one of world's highest youth unemployment rates. Life expectancy is low as a result of high infant and maternal mortality rates, the spread of preventable diseases, poor sanitation, chronic malnutrition, and inadequate health services. ++ During the two decades of conflict that followed the fall of the SIAD regime in 1991, hundreds of thousands of Somalis fled their homes. Today Somalia is the world's third highest source country for refugees, after Syria and Afghanistan. Insecurity, drought, floods, food shortages, and a lack of economic opportunities are the driving factors. ++ As of 2016, more than 1.1 million Somali refugees were hosted in the region, mainly in Kenya, Yemen, Egypt, Ethiopia, Djibouti, and Uganda, while more than 1.1 million Somalis were internally displaced. Since the implementation of a tripartite voluntary repatriation agreement among Kenya, Somalia, and the UNHCR in 2013, nearly 40,000 Somali refugees have returned home from Kenya's Dadaab refugee camp – still houses to approximately 260,000 Somalis. The flow sped up rapidly after the Kenyan Government in May 2016 announced its intention to close the camp, worsening security and humanitarian conditions in receiving communities in south-central Somalia. Despite the conflict in Yemen, thousands of Somalis and other refugees and asylum seekers from the Horn of Africa risk their lives crossing the Gulf of Aden to reach Yemen and beyond (often Saudi Arabia). Bossaso in Puntland overtook Obock, Djibouti, as the primary departure point in mid-2014.

Age structure:

0-14 years: 42.38% (male 2,488,604/female 2,493,527)
15-24 years: 19.81% (male 1,167,807/female 1,161,040)
25-54 years: 30.93% (male 1,881,094/female 1,755,166)
55-64 years: 4.61% (male 278,132/female 264,325)
65 years and over: 2.27% (male 106,187/female 161,242) (2020 est.)

Dependency ratios:

total dependency ratio: 96.3
youth dependency ratio: 90.6
elderly dependency ratio: 5.7
potential support ratio: 17.6 (2020 est.)

Median age:

total: 18.5 years
male: 18.7 years
female: 18.3 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 210

Population growth rate:

2.21% (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 34

Birth rate:

38.7 births/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 11

Death rate:

12.4 deaths/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 14

Net migration rate:

-3.8 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 186

Population distribution:

distribution varies greatly throughout the country; least densely populated areas are in the northeast and central regions, as well as areas along the Kenyan border; most populated areas are in and around the cities of Mogadishu, Marka, Boorama, Hargeysa, and Baidoa as shown on this population distribution map


urban population: 46.1% of total population (2020)
rate of urbanization: 4.23% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)

Major urban areas - population:

2.282 million MOGADISHU (capital), 989,000 Hargeysa (2020)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
0-14 years: 1 male(s)/female
15-24 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
25-54 years: 1.07 male(s)/female
55-64 years: 1.05 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.66 male(s)/female
total population: 1.02 male(s)/female (2020 est.)

Maternal mortality rate:

829 deaths/100,000 live births (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 6

Infant mortality rate:

total: 89.5 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 97.8 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 81 deaths/1,000 live births (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 2

Life expectancy at birth:

total population: 54 years
male: 51.8 years
female: 56.2 years (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 224

Total fertility rate:

5.51 children born/woman (2020 est.)
country comparison to the world: 9

Drinking water source:

improved: urban: 98.1% of population
rural: 72.5% of population
total: 83.8% of population
unimproved: urban: 1.9% of population
rural: 27.5% of population
total: 16.2% of population (2017 est.)

Physicians density:

0.02 physicians/1,000 population (2014)

Hospital bed density:

0.9 beds/1,000 population (2017)

Sanitation facility access:

improved: urban: 86.2% of population
rural: 27.1% of population
total: 53.3% of population
unimproved: urban: 13.8% of population
rural: 72.9% of population
total: 46.7% of population (2017 est.)

HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:

0.1% (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 134

HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:

11,000 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 99

HIV/AIDS - deaths:

<1000 (2019 est.)

Major infectious diseases:

degree of risk: very high (2020)
food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, and typhoid fever
vectorborne diseases: dengue fever, malaria, and Rift Valley fever
water contact diseases: schistosomiasis
animal contact diseases: rabies

Obesity - adult prevalence rate:

8.3% (2016)
country comparison to the world: 153

Children under the age of 5 years underweight:

23% (2009)
country comparison to the world: 16

Education expenditures:



Country name:

conventional long form: Federal Republic of Somalia
conventional short form: Somalia
local long form: Jamhuuriyadda Federaalkaa Soomaaliya
local short form: Soomaaliya
former: Somali Republic, Somali Democratic Republic
etymology: "Land of the Somali" (ethnic group)

Government type:

federal parliamentary republic


name: Mogadishu
geographic coordinates: 2 04 N, 45 20 E
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
etymology: several theories attempt to explain the city's name; one of the more plausible is that it derives from "maq'ad-i-shah" meaning "the seat of the shah," reflecting the city's links with Persia

Administrative divisions:

18 regions (plural - NA, singular - gobolka); Awdal, Bakool, Banaadir, Bari, Bay, Galguduud, Gedo, Hiiraan, Jubbada Dhexe (Middle Jubba), Jubbada Hoose (Lower Jubba), Mudug, Nugaal, Sanaag, Shabeellaha Dhexe (Middle Shabeelle), Shabeellaha Hoose (Lower Shabeelle), Sool, Togdheer, Woqooyi Galbeed


1 July 1960 (from a merger of British Somaliland, which became independent from the UK on 26 June 1960, and Italian Somaliland, which became independent from the Italian-administered UN trusteeship on 1 July 1960 to form the Somali Republic)

National holiday:

Foundation of the Somali Republic, 1 July (1960); note - 26 June (1960) in Somaliland


history: previous 1961, 1979; latest drafted 12 June 2012, approved 1 August 2012 (provisional)
amendments: proposed by the federal government, by members of the state governments, the Federal Parliament, or by public petition; proposals require review by a joint committee of Parliament with inclusion of public comments and state legislatures' comments; passage requires at least two-thirds majority vote in both houses of Parliament and approval by a majority of votes cast in a referendum; constitutional clauses on Islamic principles, the federal system, human rights and freedoms, powers and authorities of the government branches, and inclusion of women in national institutions cannot be amended

Legal system:

mixed legal system of civil law, Islamic (sharia) law, and customary law (referred to as Xeer)

International law organization participation:

accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; non-party state to the ICCt


citizenship by birth: no
citizenship by descent only: the father must be a citizen of Somalia
dual citizenship recognized: no
residency requirement for naturalization: 7 years


18 years of age; universal

Executive branch:

chief of state: President Mohamed ABDULLAHI Mohamed "Farmaajo" (since 8 February 2017)
head of government: Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein ROBLE (since 27 September 2020)
cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the prime minister, approved by the House of the People
elections/appointments: president indirectly elected by the Federal Parliament by two-thirds majority vote in 2 rounds if needed for a single 4-year term; election last held on 8 February 2017 (previously scheduled for 30 September 2016 but postponed repeatedly); prime minister appointed by the president, approved by the House of the People
election results: Mohamed ABDULLAHI Mohamed "Farmaajo" elected president in second round; Federal Parliament second round vote - Mohamed ABDULLAHI Mohamed "Farmaajo" (TPP) 184, HASSAN SHEIKH Mohamud (PDP) 97, Sheikh SHARIF Sheikh Ahmed (ARS) 46

Legislative branch:

description: bicameral Federal Parliament to consist of: Upper House (54 seats; senators indirectly elected by state assemblies to serve 4-year terms) ++ House of the People (275 seats; members indirectly elected by electoral colleges, each consisting of 51 delegates selected by the 136 Traditional Elders in consultation with sub-clan elders; members serve 4-year terms)
elections: Upper House - first held on 10 October 2016 (next to be held in November 2020) ++ House of the People - first held 23 October - 10 November 2016 (next to be held in November 2020)
election results: Upper House - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; composition - men 41, women 13, percent of women 24.1% ++ House of the People - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - NA; composition - men 208, women 67, percent of women 24.4%; note - total Parliament percent of women 24.3%
note: the inaugural House of the People was appointed in September 2012 by clan elders; in 2016 and 2017, the Federal Parliament became bicameral with elections scheduled for 10 October 2016 for the Upper House and 23 October to 10 November 2016 for the House of the People; while the elections were delayed, they were eventually held in most regions despite voting irregularities; on 27 December 2016, 41 Upper House senators and 242 House of the People members were sworn in

Judicial branch:

highest courts: the provisional constitution stipulates the establishment of the Constitutional Court (consists of 5 judges, including the chief judge and deputy chief judge); note - under the terms of the 2004 Transitional National Charter, a Supreme Court based in Mogadishu and the Appeal Court were established; yet most regions have reverted to local forms of conflict resolution, either secular, traditional Somali customary law, or Islamic law
judge selection and term of office: judges appointed by the president upon proposal of the Judicial Service Commission, a 9-member judicial and administrative body; judge tenure NA
subordinate courts: federal courts; federal member state-level courts; military courts; sharia courts

Political parties and leaders:

Cosmopolitan Democratic Party [Yarow Sharef ADEN] ++ Daljir Party or DP [Hassan MOALIM] ++ Democratic Green Party of Somalia or DGPS [Abdullahi Y. MAHAMOUD] ++ Democratic Party of Somalia or DPS [Maslah Mohamed SIAD] ++ Green Leaf for Democracy or GLED ++ Hiil Qaran ++ Justice and Communist Party [Mohamed NUR] ++ Justice and Development of Democracy and Self-Respectfulness Party or CAHDI [Abdirahman Abdigani IBRAHIM Bile] ++ Justice Party [SAKARIYE Haji] ++ Liberal Party of Somalia ++ National Democratic Party [Abdirashid ALI] ++ National Unity Party (Xisbiga MIdnimo-Quaran) [Abdurahman BAADIYOW] ++ Peace and Development Party or PDP ++ Somali Green Party (local chapter of Federation of Green Parties of Africa) ++ Somali National Party or SNP [Mohammed Ameen Saeed AHMED] ++ Somali People's Party [Salad JEELE] ++ Somali Society Unity Party [Yasin MAALIM] ++ Tayo or TPP [Mohamed Abdullahi MOHAMED] ++ Tiir Party [Fadhil Sheik MOHAMUD] ++ Union for Peace and Development or UPD [HASSAN SHEIKH Mohamud] ++ United and Democratic Party [FAUZIA Haji] ++ United Somali Parliamentarians ++ United Somali Republican Party [Ali TIMA-JLIC] ++ inactive: Alliance for the Reliberation of Somalia; reportedly inactive since 2009

International organization participation:


Diplomatic representation in the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Ali Sharif AHMED (since 16 September 2019)
chancery: 1705 DeSales Street NW, Suite 300,Washington, DC 20036
telephone: [1] (202) 296-0570, [1] (202) 833-1523

Diplomatic representation from the US:

chief of mission: Ambassador Donald YAMAMOTO (since 17 Nov 2018)
telephone: [254] 20 363-6000
embassy: Mogadishu, (reopened October 2019 on the grounds of the Mogadishu Airport)
mailing address: P.O. Box 606 Village Market ++ 00621 Nairobi, Kenya
FAX: 254 20 363-6157

Flag description:

light blue with a large white five-pointed star in the center; the blue field was originally influenced by the flag of the UN but today is said to denote the sky and the neighboring Indian Ocean; the five points of the star represent the five regions in the horn of Africa that are inhabited by Somali people: the former British Somaliland and Italian Somaliland (which together make up Somalia), Djibouti, Ogaden (Ethiopia), and the North East Province (Kenya)

National symbol(s):

leopard; national colors: blue, white

National anthem:

name: "Qolobaa Calankeed" (Every Nation Has its own Flag)
lyrics/music: lyrics/music: Abdullahi QARSHE
note: adopted 2012; written in 1959

Government - note:

regional and local governing bodies continue to exist and control various areas of the country, including the self-declared Republic of Somaliland in northwestern Somalia


Economic overview:

Despite the lack of effective national governance, Somalia maintains an informal economy largely based on livestock, remittance/money transfer companies, and telecommunications. Somalia's government lacks the ability to collect domestic revenue and external debt – mostly in arrears – was estimated at about 77% of GDP in 2017. ++ Agriculture is the most important sector, with livestock normally accounting for about 40% of GDP and more than 50% of export earnings. Nomads and semi-pastoralists, who are dependent upon livestock for their livelihood, make up a large portion of the population. Economic activity is estimated to have increased by 2.4% in 2017 because of growth in the agriculture, construction and telecommunications sector. Somalia's small industrial sector, based on the processing of agricultural products, has largely been looted and the machinery sold as scrap metal. ++ In recent years, Somalia's capital city, Mogadishu, has witnessed the development of the city's first gas stations, supermarkets, and airline flights to Turkey since the collapse of central authority in 1991. Mogadishu's main market offers a variety of goods from food to electronic gadgets. Hotels continue to operate and are supported with private-security militias. Formalized economic growth has yet to expand outside of Mogadishu and a few regional capitals, and within the city, security concerns dominate business. Telecommunication firms provide wireless services in most major cities and offer the lowest international call rates on the continent. In the absence of a formal banking sector, money transfer/remittance services have sprouted throughout the country, handling up to $1.6 billion in remittances annually, although international concerns over the money transfers into Somalia continues to threaten these services' ability to operate in Western nations. In 2017, Somalia elected a new president and collected a record amount of foreign aid and investment, a positive sign for economic recovery.

GDP real growth rate:

2.3% (2017 est.)
4.4% (2016 est.)
3.9% (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 122

Inflation rate (consumer prices):

1.5% (2017 est.)
-71.1% (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 92

GDP (purchasing power parity) - real:

$20.44 billion (2017 est.)
$19.98 billion (2016 est.)
$19.14 billion (2015 est.)
note: data are in 2016 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate):

$7.052 billion (2017 est.)

GDP - per capita (PPP):

$NA (2017)
$NA (2016)
$NA (2015)

GDP - composition, by sector of origin:

agriculture: 60.2% (2013 est.)
industry: 7.4% (2013 est.)
services: 32.5% (2013 est.)

GDP - composition, by end use:

household consumption: 72.6% (2015 est.)
government consumption: 8.7% (2015 est.)
investment in fixed capital: 20% (2015 est.)
investment in inventories: 0.8% (2016 est.)
exports of goods and services: 0.3% (2015 est.)
imports of goods and services: -1.6% (2015 est.)

Ease of Doing Business Index scores:

51.6 (2020)

Agriculture - products:

bananas, sorghum, corn, coconuts, rice, sugarcane, mangoes, sesame seeds, beans; cattle, sheep, goats; fish


light industries, including sugar refining, textiles, wireless communication

Industrial production growth rate:

3.5% (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 90

Labor force:

4.154 million (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 87

Labor force - by occupation:

agriculture: 71%
industry: 29%
industry and services: 29% (1975)

Unemployment rate:


Population below poverty line:


Household income or consumption by percentage share:

lowest 10%: NA
highest 10%: NA


revenues: 145.3 million (2014 est.)
expenditures: 151.1 million (2014 est.)

Taxes and other revenues:

2.1% (of GDP) (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 221

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):

-0.1% (of GDP) (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 49

Public debt:

76.7% of GDP (2017 est.)
93% of GDP (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 39

Fiscal year:


Current account balance:

-$464 million (2017 est.)
-$427 million (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 119


$819 million (2014 est.)
$779 million (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 167

Exports - partners:

Oman 31.7%, Saudi Arabia 18.7%, UAE 16.3%, Nigeria 5.1%, Yemen 4.8%, Pakistan 4% (2017)

Exports - commodities:

livestock, bananas, hides, fish, charcoal, scrap metal


$94.43 billion (2018 est.)
$80.07 billion (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 49

Imports - commodities:

manufactures, petroleum products, foodstuffs, construction materials, qat

Imports - partners:

China 17.6%, India 17.2%, Ethiopia 10.5%, Oman 10.3%, Kenya 6.9%, Turkey 5.3%, Malaysia 4.1% (2017)

Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:

$30.45 million (2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 189

Debt - external:

$5.3 billion (31 December 2014 est.)
country comparison to the world: 131

Exchange rates:

Somali shillings (SOS) per US dollar -
23,960 (2016 est.)


Electricity access:

population without electricity: 13 million (2019)
electrification - total population: 18% (2019)
electrification - urban areas: 34% (2019)
electrification - rural areas: 4% (2019)

Electricity - production:

339 million kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 176

Electricity - consumption:

315.3 million kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 183

Electricity - exports:

0 kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 200

Electricity - imports:

0 kWh (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 202

Electricity - installed generating capacity:

85,000 kW (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 182

Electricity - from fossil fuels:

93% of total installed capacity (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 50

Electricity - from nuclear fuels:

0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 185

Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:

0% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 202

Electricity - from other renewable sources:

7% of total installed capacity (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 97

Crude oil - production:

0 bbl/day (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 202

Crude oil - exports:

0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 196

Crude oil - imports:

0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 198

Crude oil - proved reserves:

0 bbl (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 198

Refined petroleum products - production:

0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 204

Refined petroleum products - consumption:

5,600 bbl/day (2016 est.)
country comparison to the world: 174

Refined petroleum products - exports:

0 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 204

Refined petroleum products - imports:

5,590 bbl/day (2015 est.)
country comparison to the world: 167

Natural gas - production:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 198

Natural gas - consumption:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 199

Natural gas - exports:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 186

Natural gas - imports:

0 cu m (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 190

Natural gas - proved reserves:

5.663 billion cu m (1 January 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 90

Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:

852,500 Mt (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 173


Telephones - fixed lines:

total subscriptions: 74,800
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 1 less than 1 (2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 147

Telephones - mobile cellular:

total subscriptions: 5,612,338
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 48.8 (2019 est.)
country comparison to the world: 114

Telecommunication systems:

general assessment: the public telecom system was almost completely destroyed or dismantled during the civil war; private companies offer limited local fixed-line service, and private wireless companies offer service in most major cities; mobile sector has 7 networks improving the telecom sector along with submarine cables ending the expensive satellite dependency for Internet access; Al Shabaab Islamic militant group has forced closure of Internet services in some parts of the country; new telecom regulatory sector in place (2020)
domestic: seven networks compete for customers in the mobile sector; some of these mobile-service providers offer fixed-lines and Internet services; fixed-line less than 1 per 100 and mobile-cellular 49 per 100 (2019)
international: country code - 252; landing points for the G2A, DARE1, PEACE, and EASSy fiber-optic submarine cable system linking East Africa, Indian Ocean Islands, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe (2019)
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:

2 private TV stations rebroadcast Al-Jazeera and CNN; Somaliland has 1 government-operated TV station and Puntland has 1 private TV station; the transitional government operates Radio Mogadishu; 1 SW and roughly 10 private FM radio stations broadcast in Mogadishu; several radio stations operate in central and southern regions; Somaliland has 1 government-operated radio station; Puntland has roughly a half-dozen private radio stations; transmissions of at least 2 international broadcasters are available (2019)

Internet country code:


Internet users:

total: 225,181
percent of population: 2% (July 2018 est.)
country comparison to the world: 173

Broadband - fixed subscriptions:

total: 92,000
subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 1 (2017 est.)
country comparison to the world: 123


National air transport system:

number of registered air carriers: 6 (2020)
inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 7
annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 4,486 (2018)

Civil aircraft registration country code prefix:

6O (2016)


52 (2020)
country comparison to the world: 89

Airports - with paved runways:

total: 8 (2020)
over 3,047 m: 5
2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 2

Airports - with unpaved runways:

total: 44 (2020)
2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
1,524 to 2,437 m: 16
914 to 1,523 m: 22
under 914 m: 1


total: 15,000 km (2018)
country comparison to the world: 125

Merchant marine:

total: 4
by type: general cargo 1, other 3 (2019)
country comparison to the world: 168

Ports and terminals:

major seaport(s): Berbera, Kismaayo

Military and Security

Military and security forces:

Somali National Security Forces: Somali National Army (SNA), Somali National Police (SNP, includes a maritime unit), National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) (2019)

Military and security service personnel strengths:

estimates of the size of Somali National Army (SNA) vary widely because of inconsistent and unreliable data, as well as the ongoing integration of various militias; as of January 2020, estimates ranged from approximately 10,500-20,000; note - in 2017, the Somali Government announced a plan for the SNA to eventually number 18,000 troops; the same plan called for 32,000 federal and regional police (2019 est.)
note: the US-trained Danab ("Lightning") Brigade numbers about 850 personnel as of April 2020; the unit intends to eventually have as many as 3,000 soldiers

Military equipment inventories and acquisitions:

the SNA inventory includes a variety of older, second-hand equipment largely from Italy, Russia, South Africa, and the UK; since 2015, it has received limited quantities of second-hand equipment from China, France, Italy, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, usually as aid/donations (2019 est.)

Military service age and obligation:

18 is the legal minimum age for compulsory and voluntary military service (2012)

Maritime threats:

the International Maritime Bureau continues to report the territorial and offshore waters in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean as a region of significant risk for piracy and armed robbery against ships; during 2018, two vessels were attacked compared with five in 2017; Operation Ocean Shield, the NATO naval task force established in 2009 to combat Somali piracy, concluded its operations in December 2016 as a result of the drop in reported incidents over the last few years; additional anti-piracy measures on the part of ship operators, including the use of on-board armed security teams, have reduced piracy incidents in that body of water; Somali pirates tend to be heavily armed with automatic weapons and rocket propelled grenades; the use of "mother ships" from which skiffs can be launched to attack vessels allows these pirates to extend the range of their operations hundreds of nautical miles offshore

Military - note:

Somali military forces are heavily engaged in operations against the al-Shabaab terrorist organization, including joint operations with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM); AMISOM has operated in the country with the approval of the United Nations (UN) since 2007; AMISOM's peacekeeping mission includes assisting Somali forces in providing security for a stable political process, enabling the gradual handing over of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somali security forces, and reducing the threat posed by Al-Shabaab and other armed opposition groups; as of early 2020, AMISOM had about 19,000 military troops and about 1,000 police personnel from six African countries deployed in Somalia; the next UN Security Council AMISOM mandate renewal debate is schedule for February 2021 ++ in 2017, the Somali Government drafted a Somalia Transition Plan that called for the gradual transfer of security responsibilities from AMISOM to the Somali security forces by 2021 ++ UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) is mandated by the Security Council to work with the Federal Government of Somalia to support national reconciliation, provide advice on peace-building and state-building, monitor the human rights situation, and help coordinate the efforts of the international community ++ the UN Support Office in Somalia (UNSOS) is responsible for providing logistical field support to AMISOM, UNSOM, the Somali National Army, and the Somali Police Force on joint operations with AMISOM ++ the European Union Training Mission in Somalia (EUTM-S) has operated in the country since 2010; the EUTM provides advice and training to the Somali military ++ the US and Turkey maintain separate unilateral military training missions in Somalia (2020)


Terrorist group(s):

al-Shabaab; Islamic State of Iraq and ash-Sham – Somalia (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

Disputes - international:

Ethiopian forces invaded southern Somalia and routed Islamist Courts from Mogadishu in January 2007; "Somaliland" secessionists provide port facilities in Berbera to landlocked Ethiopia and have established commercial ties with other regional states; "Puntland" and "Somaliland" "governments" seek international support in their secessionist aspirations and overlapping border claims; the undemarcated former British administrative line has little meaning as a political separation to rival clans within Ethiopia's Ogaden and southern Somalia's Oromo region; Kenya works hard to prevent the clan and militia fighting in Somalia from spreading south across the border, which has long been open to nomadic pastoralists

Refugees and internally displaced persons:

refugees (country of origin): 13,235 (Yemen) (2019)
IDPs: 2.65 million (civil war since 1988, clan-based competition for resources; 2011 famine; insecurity because of fighting between al-Shabaab and the Transitional Federal Government's allied forces) (2019)