Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations and Red Sea beaches. It’s home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimneylike mineral formations.
Population: 872,932 (2013) World Bank
Currency: Djiboutian franc
GDP per capita: 1,668.34 USD (2013) World Bank
Neighboring countries: Somalia, Ethiopia, Eritrea