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Here are some interesting facts about The Gambia - Category: Introduction - Background: The Gambia gained its independence from the UK in 1965. Geographically surrounded by Senegal, it formed a short-lived federation of Senegambia between 1982 and 1989. In 1991 the two nations signed a friendship and cooperation treaty, but tensions have flared up intermittently since then. Yahya A. J. J. JAMMEH led a military coup in 1994 that overthrew the president and banned political activity. A new constitution and presidential elections in 1996, followed by parliamentary balloting in 1997, completed a nominal return to civilian rule. JAMMEH has been elected president in all subsequent elections, including most recently in late 2006.

Category: Government - Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Barry L. WELLS; embassy: Kairaba Avenue, Fajara, Banjul; mailing address: P. M. B. No. 19, Banjul; telephone: [220] 439-2856, 437-6169, 437-6170; FAX: [220] 439-2475

Category: People - Religions (%): Muslim 90%, Christian 8%, indigenous beliefs 2%

Category: Economy - Currency (code): dalasi (GMD)

Category: Geography - Environment - international agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling; signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Category: Transportation - Waterways (km): 390 km (on River Gambia; small ocean-going vessels can reach 190 km) (2008)

Category: Communications - Internet country code: .gm

Category: Military - Military branches: Office of the Chief of Defense: Gambian National Army (National Guard, GNA), Gambian Navy (GN) (2008)

Category: Transnational Issues - Trafficking in persons: current situation: The Gambia is a source, transit, and destination country for children and women trafficked for the purposes of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation; women and girls, and to a lesser extent boys, are trafficked for sexual exploitation - in particular to meet the demand for European sex tourism - and for domestic servitude; boys are trafficked within the country for forced begging and street vending; Gambian women and children may be trafficked to Europe through trafficking schemes disguised as migrant smuggling; tier rating: Tier 2 Watch List - for a second consecutive year, The Gambia is on the Tier 2 Watch List for its failure to provide evidence of increasing efforts to eliminate trafficking; The Gambia failed to report any trafficking arrests, prosecutions, or convictions in 2007, and the government demonstrated weak victim protection efforts during the reporting period (2008)

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  1. People - Literacy (%): definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 40.1%; male: 47.8%; female: 32.8% (2003 estimate)

  2. Economy - Unemployment rate (%): NA%

  3. Economy - Debt - external: 8.8 million (2003 estimate)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook