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The Gambia is the smallest country on the continent of Africa measuring only 4,361 square miles which is smaller than the county of Yorkshire! It is a narrow country following the contours of the River Gambia with 50 miles of Atlantic coastline and Senegal forming its boundaries.
The climate is sunny all year round with high temperatures and uninterrupted blue skies from November to June. From July to November the humidity is high and you can witness some spectacular rain storms.
The official language and the language used in educational instruction is English and you will find most Gambians are bilingual. it is customary to greet with a right handed hand shake and a word of hello such as 'Salamelakum'.
The currency is the Dalasi which does flutate against the Euro or pound sterling so it is wise to check. The notes have often been in circulation for a while so it is useful to take some hand wipes when you are out and about for the day.
Whilst The Gambia is predominately a Muslim country there is a broad minded acceptance of all Faiths. The sale of alcohol is not affected and you can buy it relatively cheaply in all bars, restaurants and supermarkets.
A variety of ethnic groups live in the Gambia, each preserving its own language and traditions, with the Mandinka ethnicity being the largest, followed by the Fula, Wolof, and Jola.