The Gambia's climate is a
sub-tropical climate with two variations of distinct dry and rainy
seasons. The dry season generally starts in October and ends around
mid-June each year.
Wolof is a language spoken
in Senegal, The Gambia, and Mauritania, and is the native language of
the Wolof people. Like the neighbouring language Fula, it belongs to the
Atlantic branch of the Niger-Congo language family. Unlike most other
languages of Sub-Saharan Africa, Wolof is not a tonal language.
The Dalasi, denoted by GMD, is the currency of The Gambia. Divided into
100 Bututs, the GMD has been in use since 1971.Coins are currently
produced in denominations of 25 and 50 bututs, as well as 1 dalasi.
Banknotes currently produced are 5, 10, 25, 50 and 100 dalasi.
population of The Gambia in 2003 was estimated by the United Nations at
1, 426, 000, which placed it as number 145 in population among the 193
nations of the world. In that year approximately 3% of the population
was over 65 years of age, with another 45% of the population under 15
years of age.
Banjul, officially the City of Banjul, is the capital of The Gambia, and
is in the division of the same name. The population of the city proper
is only 34, 828, with the Greater Banjul Area, which includes the City
of Banjul and the Kanifing Municipal Council, at a population of 357,