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Updated: Oct 2, 2022

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Country Name

Djibouti, officially the Republic of Djibouti.


Djibouti is a country located in the Horn of Africa in East Africa.

It is bordered by Somalia in the south, Ethiopia in the south and west, Eritrea in the north, and the Red Sea and the Gulf of Aden in the east. Across the Gulf of Aden lies Yemen.


Djibouti city.

The reason for naming the country

The country is named for its capital, the City of Djibouti.

Several theories and legends exist regarding the origin of Djibouti, varying based on ethnicity. One theory derives it from the Afar word gabouti, meaning "plate", possibly referring to the geographical features of the area. Another connects it to gabood, meaning "upland/plateau".

Djibouti could also mean "Land of Tehuti" or "Land of Thoth", after the Egyptian Moon God.


The Djibouti flag was adopted on June 27, 1977, the same day the country gained independence from France. The Djibouti flag consists of two equal-sized horizontal stripes of blue on the top and green on the bottom of the flag. A white horizontal isosc