A small country, The Gambia borders the Atlantic Ocean and Senegal on the western coast of Africa. The river Gambia, the country’s namesake, flows through the center of The Gambia and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. It is a fairly narrow country and is less than 50 kilometres (31 miles) wide at its widest point.

Economically, The Gambia relies on traditional subsistence agriculture and peanut export for most of its earnings, although tourism and money sent home by the diaspora form the basis of their foreign exchange reserves.

There are many ethnic groups with strong cultures and languages living in the region, including the Mandinka, the Fula, and Wolof, among others. The majority of its population practices Islam.

Average Monthly Earnings

Employment-to-Population Ratio

Unemployment Rate

Employment by Sector

Agriculture 9.4%
Industry 12.6%
Services 77.8%

Employment Distribution by Education

Age 15+

Less than Basic 39.3%
Basic 24.6%
Intermediate 22.8%
Advanced 12.2%
Level Not Stated 1.2%

Age 15-24

Less than Basic 26.9%
Basic 37.9%
Intermediate 24.6%
Advanced 9.9%
Level Not Stated 0.7%

Age 15-64

Less than Basic 38.2%
Basic 25.1%
Intermediate 23.2%
Advanced 12.2%
Level Not Stated 1.2%

Age 25+

Less than Basic 41.3%
Basic 22.4%
Intermediate 22.5%
Advanced 12.6%
Level Not Stated 1.3%

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