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The flag and national anthem of The Gambia.

The Gambia (officially the Republic of The Gambia), commonly known as Gambia, is a country in Western Africa. The Gambia is the smallest country on mainland Africa, bordered to the north, east, and south by Senegal, and has a small coast on the Atlantic Ocean in the west. Its borders roughly correspond to the path of the Gambia River, the nation's namesake, which flows through the country's center and empties into the Atlantic Ocean. Its size is almost 10,500 km² with an estimated population of 1,700,000. On 18 February 1965, Gambia was granted independence from the United Kingdom and joined the Commonwealth. Banjul is Gambia's capital, but the largest conurbation is Serrekunda.

Religion in The Gambia

The Gambia has no official state religion and the constitution guarantees religious freedom.

Islam is the majority religion in The Gambia, followed by 90% of the population. Most of The Gambia's Muslims follow Sufi traditions. Almost all business in the country ceases during the Islamic festivals of Eid ul-Fitr, at the end of Ramadan, and Eid al-Adha.

Christianity, predominantly Roman Catholicism, is the religion of 8% of The Gambia's people. Less than 0.1% of inhabitants are Buddhists, mostly immigrants from Asia.


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