Algeria is a country in North Africa on the Mediterranean coast and is the tenth-largest country in the world and the largest in Africa.
Midday desert temperatures can be hot year round. After sunset, however, the clear, dry air permits rapid loss of heat, and the nights are cool to chilly.
The country has 26 universities and 67 institutions of higher education, which accommodated a million Algerians and 80,000 foreign students in 2008. The University of Algiers, the oldest in the country, was founded in 1879. 60% of university students are women. Women also make up 70% of the country's lawyers and 60% of its judges, and also dominate the field of medicine.
It is a semi presidential republic with a population exceeding 37 million, making it the 34th most populated country on Earth. Algeria is classified as an upper middle income country by the World Bank. The Algerian economy grew by 2.6% in 2011. Growth of 4.2% is expected in 2013.
The territory of today's Algeria was the home of many ancient cultures and civilizations and as an area it has known many empires and dynasties. As a result Algeria has a strong tradition of Arts, Literature and Sports, with roots dating back to antiquity. *
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* Source: Wikipedia