Government Type: Republic
Total Area: 919,590 Square Miles
2,381,741 Square Kilometers
Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Morocco and Tunisia
Language: Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects
Arabic (official), French, Berber dialects. Arabic is the official language of Algeria. French was the primary language of business before 1992, but is now only rarely used in the country. Various Berber dialects are spoken in Berber homes and in remote areas but most Berbers also speak Arabic. Arabic speakers constitute 75% of the population, while Berber speakers make up 25% approximately, with French speakers reduced to less than 50,000.
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Getting along with the Algerian People
A handshake is the customary greeting in Afghanistan. A slight bow or nod while shaking hands shows respect. A man does not shake a woman's hand unless she offers it first. Afghans of the same sex will often kiss each other on the cheek as a greeting and sign of affection. Afghans often ask about the family and the health of the other. Afghans generally stand when someone, especially an older or more prominent person, enters the room for the first time and again when someone leaves. When addressing others formally, professional titles are used.
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