Capital: Asmara

Population: 6,759,999 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Eritrean Nakfa (ERN)

Official Languages: Tigrinya, Arabic, English

Unofficial Languages: Tigre, Kunama, Afar, other tribal languages

Main Religions: Islam, Christianity

Ethnic Groups: Tigrinya, Tigre, Rashaida, Saho, Kunama, Bilen, others

Largest Cities: Asmara, Keren

Main Sport: Football, Cycling

Political System: Authoritarian Presidential Regime

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Orthodox Christmas Day (January 7)

Orthodox Epiphany (January 19)

Fenkil Day (February 10)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Labour Day (May 1)

Orthodox Easter Monday (May 2)

Independence Day (May 24)

Martyrs’ Day (June 20)

Eid al-Fitr (End of Ramadan) (July 7)

Revolution Day (September 1)

Eid al-Adha (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 13)

Milad un Nabi (Birth of the Prophet Muhammad) (December 12)

Christmas Day (December 25)

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