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Somalia

Line breaks: So|ma¦lia
Pronunciation: /səˈmɑːlɪə
 
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Definition of Somalia in English:

A country in the Horn of Africa; population 9,832,000 (est. 2009); official languages, Somali and Arabic; capital, Mogadishu.

The area of the Horn of Africa was divided between British and Italian spheres of influence in the late 19th century, and the modern republic of Somalia became independent in 1960 following the unification of the former British Somaliland and Italian Somalia. Civil war broke out in Somalia in 1988 and led to the overthrow of the government in 1991; in that year northern Somalia declared itself independent as the Somaliland Republic, and central government in the country remains weak

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