Somaliland lies in the Horn of Africa, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden
. It is bordered by Djibouti
to the northwest, Ethiopia
to the south and west, and Somalia
to the east.
Its claimed territory has an area of 176,120 square kilometres (68,000 sq mi),
with approximately 3.5 million residents in 2014.
The capital and largest city is Hargeisa
Since 1991, the territory has been governed by democratically elected governments that seek international recognition as the government of the Republic of Somaliland.
The central government maintains informal ties
with some foreign governments, who have sent delegations to Hargeisa
Ethiopia also maintains a trade office
in the region.
However, Somaliland's self-proclaimed independence has not been officially recognised by any country or international organisation.
It is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization
, an advocacy group whose members consist of indigenous peoples, minorities and unrecognised or occupied territories.
Name and etymology
At the Grand conference in Burao
held in 1991 many names for the country were suggested, including Puntland
, in reference to Somaliland's location in the ancient Land of Punt
and which is now the name of the Puntland
state in neighbouring Somalia, and Shankaroon
, meaning "better than five" in Somali
, in reference to the five regions of Greater Somalia
Somaliland has been inhabited since at least the Paleolithic
. During the Stone Age, the Doian and Hargeisan cultures flourished here.
The oldest evidence of burial customs in the Horn of Africa comes from cemeteries in Somaliland dating back to the 4th millennium BCE.
The stone implements from the Jalelo site in the north were also characterized in 1909 as important artefacts demonstrating the archaeological universality during the Paleolithic between the East and the West.
The Laas Geel
complex on the outskirts of Hargeisa
in northwestern Somaliland dates back around 5,000 years, and has rock art
depicting both wild animals and decorated cows.
Other cave paintings
are found in the northern Dhambalin
region, which feature one of the earliest known depictions of a hunter on horseback. The rock art is in the distinctive Ethiopian-Arabian style, dated to 1,000 to 3,000 BCE.
Additionally, between the towns of Las Khorey
and El Ayo
in eastern Somaliland lies Karinhegane
, the site of numerous cave paintings of real and mythical animals. Each painting has an inscription below it, which collectively have been estimated to be around 2,500 years old.
Antiquity and classical era
, ruined cities and stone walls, such as the Wargaade Wall
, are evidence of an old civilization that once thrived in the Somali peninsula.
This civilization enjoyed a trading relationship with ancient Egypt
and Mycenaean Greece
since the second millennium BCE, supporting the hypothesis that Somalia or adjacent regions were the location of the ancient Land of Punt
The Puntites traded myrrh
, spices, gold, ebony, short-horned cattle, ivory and frankincense
with the Egyptians, Phoenicians, Babylonians
, Indians, Chinese and Romans through their commercial ports. An Egyptian expedition sent to Punt by the 18th dynasty
is recorded on the temple reliefs at Deir el-Bahari
, during the reign of the Puntite King Parahu and Queen Ati.
In 2015, isotopic analysis of ancient baboon mummies from Punt that had been brought to Egypt as gifts indicated that the specimens likely originated from an area encompassing eastern Somalia and the Eritrea-Ethiopia corridor.
is believed to have been domesticated in the Horn region sometime between the 2nd and 3rd millennium BCE. From there, it spread to Egypt and the Maghreb
During the classical period, the northern Barbara
city-states of Mosylon
, and Sarapion
developed a lucrative trade network, connecting with merchants from Ptolemaic Egypt
, Ancient Greece
, Parthian Persia
, the Nabataean Kingdom
, and the Roman Empire
. They used the ancient Somali maritime vessel known as the beden
to transport their cargo.
After the Roman conquest of the Nabataean Empire
and the Roman naval presence at Aden
to curb piracy, Arab and Somali merchants agreed with the Romans to bar Indian ships from trading in the free port cities of the Arabian peninsula
to protect the interests of Somali and Arab merchants in the lucrative commerce between the Red and Mediterranean Seas.
However, Indian merchants continued to trade in the port cities of the Somali peninsula, which was free from Roman interference.
For centuries, Indian merchants brought large quantities of cinnamon to Somalia and Arabia from Ceylon
and the Spice Islands
. The source of the cinnamon and other spices is said to have been the best-kept secret of Arab and Somali merchants in their trade with the Roman and Greek world; the Romans and Greeks believed the source to have been the Somali peninsula.
The collusive agreement among Somali and Arab traders inflated the price of Indian and Chinese cinnamon in North Africa, the Near East, and Europe and made the cinnamon trade a very profitable revenue generator, especially for the Somali merchants through whose hands large quantities were shipped across sea and land routes.
In 2007, more rock art sites with Sabaean and Himyarite writings in and around Hargeysa region were found, but some were bulldozed by developers.
Birth of Islam and the Middle Ages
Early modern sultanates
The first engagement between Somalis of the region and the British was in 1825 and ended violently.
This culminated in the Battle of Berbera
and a subsequent trade agreement between the Habr Awal
and the United Kingdom.
This was followed by a British treaty with the Governor of Zeila
in 1840. An engagement was then started between the British and elders of Habar Garhajis
and Habar Toljaala
clans of the Isaaq
in 1855, followed a year later by the conclusion of the "Articles of Peace and Friendship" between the Habar Awal and East India Company
. These engagements between the British and Somali clans culminated in the formal treaties the British signed with the henceforth 'British Somaliland' clans, which took place between 1884 and 1886 (treaties were signed with the Habar Awal, Gadabursi, Habar Toljaala, Habar Garhajis, Esa, and the Warsangali clans), this paved the way for the British to establish a protectorate
in the region referred to as British Somaliland
The British garrisoned the protectorate from Aden
and administered it as part of British India
until 1898. British Somaliland was then administered by the Foreign Office
until 1905, and afterwards by the Colonial Office
The Fifth Expedition of the Somaliland campaign
in 1920 was the final British
expedition against the Dervish
forces of Mohammed Abdullah Hassan
(often called the "Mad Mullah" derogatorily by British), the Somali
religious leader. Although most of the combat took place in January of the year, British troops had begun preparations for the assault as early as November 1919. The British forces included elements of the Royal Air Force
and the Somaliland Camel Corps
. After three weeks of battle, Hassan's Dervishes were defeated, bringing an effective end to their 20-year resistance.
The Italian conquest of British Somaliland was a military campaign in East Africa, which took place in August 1940 between forces of Italy
and those of several British and Commonwealth
countries. The Italian expedition was part of the East African Campaign
State of Somaliland
In May 1960, the British government stated that it would be prepared to grant independence to the then protectorate
of British Somaliland, with the intention that the territory would unite with the Italian
-administered Trust Territory of Somaliland under Italian Administration
(the former Italian Somaliland
The Legislative Council of British Somaliland passed a resolution in April 1960 requesting independence and union with the Trust Territory of Somaliland, which was scheduled to gain independence on 1 July that year. The legislative councils of both territories agreed to this proposal following a joint conference in Mogadishu
On 26 June 1960, the former British Somaliland protectorate briefly obtained independence as the State of Somaliland, with the Trust Territory of Somaliland following suit five days later.
During its brief period of independence, the State of Somaliland
garnered recognition from thirty-five sovereign states.
The following day, on 27 June 1960, the newly convened Somaliland Legislative Assembly approved a bill that would formally allow for the union of the State of Somaliland with the Trust Territory of Somaliland on 1 July 1960.
On 1 July 1960, the protectorate and the Trust Territory of Somaliland
(the former Italian Somaliland
) united as planned to form the Somali Republic
Inspired by Somali nationalism
, the northerners were initially enthusiastic about the union.
A government was formed by Abdullahi Issa
, with Aden Abdullah Osman Daar
and Abdirashid Ali Shermarke
as Prime Minister
(later to become president, from 1967 to 1969). On 20 July 1961 and through a popular referendum
, the Somali people ratified a new constitution, which was first drafted in 1960.
The constitution had little support in the former Somaliland, and was believed to favour the south. Many northerners boycotted the referendum in protest, and over 60% of those who voted in the north were against the new constitution. Regardless, the referendum passed, and Somaliland became quickly dominated by southerners. As result, dissatisfaction became widespread in the north, and support for the union plummeted. British-trained Somaliland officers attempted a revolt to end the union in December 1961
. Their uprising failed, and Somaliland continued to be marginalized by the south during the next decades.
In 1967, Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
became Prime Minister, a position to which he was appointed by Shermarke. Shermarke was assassinated two years later by one of his own bodyguards. His murder was quickly followed by a military coup d'état
on 21 October 1969 (the day after his funeral), in which the Somalian Army
seized power without encountering armed opposition. The putsch was spearheaded by Major General Mohamed Siad Barre
, who at the time commanded the army.
The new regime would go on to rule Somalia for the next 22 years.
Somali National Movement, Barre persecution
The moral authority
of Barre's government was gradually eroded, as many Somalis became disillusioned with life under military rule. By the mid-1980s, resistance movements supported by Ethiopia's communist Derg
administration had sprung up across the country. Barre responded by ordering punitive measures against those he perceived as locally supporting the guerrillas, especially in the northern regions. The clampdown included bombing of cities, with the northwestern administrative centre of Hargeisa
, a Somali National Movement
(SNM) stronghold, among the targeted areas in 1988.
The bombardment was led by General Mohammed Said Hersi Morgan
, Barre's son-in-law.
According to Abou Jeng and other scholars, the Barre regime rule was marked by a targeted brutal persecution of the Isaaq
Mohamed Haji Ingiriis and Chris Mullin
state that the clampdown by the Barre regime against the Hargeisa-based Somali National Movement targeted the Isaaq clan, to which most members of the SNM belonged. They refer to the clampdown as the Isaaq genocide or Hargeisa holocaust.
A United Nations
investigation concluded that the crime of genocide was "conceived, planned and perpetrated by the Somali Government against the Isaaq people".
The number of civilian casualties is estimated to be between 50,000 and 100,000 according to various sources,
while some reports estimate the total civilian deaths to be upwards of 200,000 Isaaq civilians.
Along with the deaths, Barre regime bombarded and razed the second and third largest cities in Somalia, Hargeisa
This displaced an estimated 400,000 local residents to Hartasheikh in Ethiopia;
another 400,000 individuals were also internally displaced.
The counterinsurgency by the Barre regime against the SNM targeted the rebel group's civilian base of support, escalating into a genocidal onslaught against the Isaaq clan. This led to anarchy and violent campaigns by fragmented militias, which then wrested power at a local level.
The Barre regime's persecution was not limited to the Isaaq, as it targeted other clans such as the Hawiye
The Barre regime collapsed in January 1991. Thereafter, as the political situation in Somaliland stabilized, the displaced people returned to their homes, the militias were demobilized or incorporated into the army, and tens of thousands of houses and businesses were reconstructed from rubble.
Somali Civil War
Although the SNM at its inception had a unionist constitution, it eventually began to pursue independence, looking to secede from the rest of Somalia.
Under the leadership of Abdirahman Ahmed Ali Tuur
, the local administration declared the northwestern Somali territories independent at a conference held in Burao
between 27 April 1991 and 15 May 1991.
Tuur then became the newly established Somaliland polity's first President, but subsequently renounced the separatist platform in 1994 and began instead to publicly seek and advocate reconciliation with the rest of Somalia under a power-sharing federal
system of governance. Muhammad Haji Ibrahim Egal
was appointed as Tuur's successor in 1993 by the Grand Conference of National Reconciliation in Borama
, which met for four months, leading to a gradual improvement in security, as well as a consolidation of the new territory.
Egal was reappointed in 1997, and remained in power until his death on 3 May 2002. The vice-president, Dahir Riyale Kahin
, who was during the 1980s the highest-ranking National Security Service
(NSS) officer in Berbera
in Siad Barre's government, was sworn in as president shortly afterward.
In 2003, Kahin became the first elected president of Somaliland.
2001 constitutional referendum
In August 2000, President Egal's government
distributed thousands of copies of the proposed constitution throughout Somaliland for consideration and review by the people. One critical clause of the 130 individual articles of the constitution would ratify Somaliland's self-declared independence and final separation from Somalia
, restoring the nation's independence for the first time since 1960. In late March 2001, President Egal
set the date for the referendum on the Constitution for May 31, 2001.
A constitutional referendum was held in Somaliland on 31 May 2001.
The referendum was held on a draft constitution
that affirmed Somaliland's independence from Somalia
. 99.9% of eligible voters took part in the referendum and 97.1% of them voted in favour of the constitution.
Politics and government
worked with rebel leaders to set up a new government, and was incorporated into the governance structure, becoming the Parliament's House of Elders
The government became in essence a "power-sharing coalition of Somaliland's main clans," with seats in the Upper and Lower houses proportionally allocated to clans according to a predetermined formula, although not all clans are satisfied with their representation. In 2002, after several extensions of this interim government, Somaliland transitioned to multi-party democracy.
The election was limited to three parties, in an attempt to create ideology based elections rather than clan-based elections.
As of December 2014, Somaliland has three political parties
: the Peace, Unity, and Development Party
, the Justice and Development Party
, and Wadani
. Under the Somaliland Constitution, a maximum of three political parties is allowed.
The Executive is led by an elected president
, whose government includes a vice-president and a Council of Ministers.
The Council of Ministers, who are responsible for the normal running of government, are nominated by the President and approved by the Parliament's House of Representatives.
The President must approve bills passed by the Parliament before they come into effect.
Presidential elections are confirmed by the National Electoral Commission of Somaliland
The President can serve a maximum of two five-year terms.
Legislative power is held by the bicameralParliament
. Its upper house is the House of Elders
, this chamber is chaired by Suleiman Mohamoud Adan
, and the lower house is the House of Representatives
The lower house is chaired by Bashe Mohamed Farah
Each house has 82 members. Members of the House of Elders are elected indirectly by local communities for six-year terms. The House of Elders shares power in passing laws with the House of Representatives, and also has the role of solving internal conflicts, and exclusive power to extend the terms of the President and representatives under circumstances that make an election impossible. Members of the House of Representatives are directly elected by the people for five-year terms. The House of Representatives shares voting power with the House of Elders, though it can pass a law that the House of Elders rejects if it votes for the law by a 2/3's majority, and has absolute power in financial matters and confirmation of Presidential appointments (except for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
The judicial system is divided into district courts, (which deal with matters of family law and succession, lawsuits for amounts up to 3 million SLSH
, criminal cases punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment or 3 million SL fines, and crimes committed by juveniles), regional courts (which deal with lawsuits and criminal cases not within the jurisdiction of district courts, labour and employment claims, and local government elections), regional appeals courts (which deal with all appeals from the district and regional courts), and the Supreme Court
(which deals with issues between courts and in government, and reviews its own decisions), which is the highest court and also functions as the Constitutional Court.
Somaliland nationality law defines who is a Somaliland citizen,
as well as the procedures by which one may be naturalised
into Somaliland citizenship or renounce it
Women in the Somaliland, wearing the colors of the Somaliland flag
, prior to parliamentary elections in 2005.
The Somaliland government continues to apply the 1962 penal code of the Somali Republic. As such, homosexual acts are illegal in the territory.
Freedom House ranks the Somaliland government as partly democratic.
Seth Kaplan (2011) argues that in contrast to southern Somalia and adjacent territories, Somaliland, the secessionist northwestern portion of Somalia, has built a more democratic mode of governance from the bottom up, with virtually no foreign assistance.
Specifically, Kaplan suggests that Somaliland has the most democratic political system in the Horn of Africa because it has been largely insulated from the extremist elements in the rest of Somalia and has viable electoral and legislative systems as well as a robust private sector-dominated economy, unlike neighbouring authoritarian governments. He largely attributes this to Somaliland's integration of customary laws and tradition with modern state structures, which he indicates most post-colonial states in Africa and the Middle East have not had the opportunity to do. Kaplan asserts that this has facilitated cohesiveness and conferred greater governmental legitimacy in Somaliland, as has the territory's comparatively homogeneous population, relatively equitable income distribution, a common fear of the south, and absence of interference by outside forces, which has obliged local politicians to observe a degree of accountability.
On 24 September 2010, Johnnie Carson
, Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, stated that the United States would be modifying its strategy in Somalia and would seek deeper engagement with the governments of Somaliland and Puntland while continuing to support the Somali Transitional Government.
Carson said the US would send aid workers and diplomats to Puntland and Somaliland and alluded to the possibility of future development projects. However, Carson emphasised that the US would not extend formal recognition to either region.
The then-UK Minister for Africa, Henry Bellingham
MP, met President Silanyo of Somaliland in November 2010 to discuss ways in which to increase the UK's engagement with Somaliland.
President Silanyo said during his visit to London: "We have been working with the international community and the international community has been engaging with us, giving us assistance and working with us in our democratisation and development programmes. And we are very happy with the way the international community has been dealing with us, particularly the UK, the US, other European nations, and our neighbours who continue to seek recognition."
Recognition of Somaliland by the UK has also been supported by the UK Independence Party
, which came 3rd in the popular vote at the 2015 General Election. The leader of UKIP, Nigel Farage
, met with Ali Aden Awale, Head of the Somaliland UK Mission on Somaliland's national day, 18 May, in 2015, to express UKIP's support for Somaliland. Nigel Farage said that "Somaliland has been a beacon of peace, democracy and the Rule of Law, in the Horn of Africa for the past 24 years. It is about time the UK and the rest of the international community recognised Somaliland's case for recognition. It's about time peace was rewarded. For the UK to turn its back on its legitimate demands for sovereignty, is wrong. It is extraordinary that we have not been lobbying for their admittance to the Commonwealth. In recent years, we have supported the admission of countries such as Mozambique, which have no historic links to Britain, but Somaliland, a former protectorate, is left in the cold. This must change".
In 2011, Somaliland and the neighbouring Puntland region each entered a security-related memorandum of understanding
with the Seychelles
. Following the framework of an earlier agreement signed between the Transitional Federal Government and Seychelles, the memorandum is "for the transfer of convicted persons to prisons in 'Puntland' and 'Somaliland'."
On 1 July 2020, Somaliland and Taiwan
signed an agreement to set up representative offices to promote cooperation between the two countries.
Cooperation between the two polities on education, maritime security, and medicine began in 2009, and Taiwanese staff entered Somaliland in February 2020 to prepare for the representative office.
Somaliland continues to claim the entire area of the former British Somaliland
It is currently in control of the vast majority of the former British Somaliland, with the exception of the Las Qoray District
region, which is under the control of neighbouring Puntland
Tensions between Puntland and Somaliland escalated into violence several times between 2002 and 2009. In October 2004, and again in April and October 2007, armed forces of Somaliland and Puntland clashed near the town of Las Anod
, the capital of Sool region. In October 2007, Somaliland troops took control of the town.
While celebrating Puntland's 11th anniversary on 2 August 2009, Puntland officials vowed to recapture Las Anod. While Somaliland claims independent statehood and therefore "split up" the "old" Somalia, Puntland works for the re-establishment of a united but federal
Somaliland forces took control of the town of Las Qorey
in eastern Sanaag
on 10 July 2008, along with positions 5 km (3 mi) east of the town. The defence forces completed their operations on 9 July 2008 after the Maakhir and Puntland militia in the area left their positions,
but control of the territory was later assumed by Puntland as Maakhir was incorporated into the autonomous region in January 2009.
In the late 2000s, HBM-SSC (Hoggaanka Badbaadada iyo Mideynta SSC), a local unionist group based in Sanaag
was formed with the goal to establish its own regional administration (Sool, Sanaag and Cayn, or SSC).
This later evolved into Khatumo State
, which was established in 2012. The local administration and its constituents does not recognise the Somaliland government's claim to sovereignty or to its territory.
On 20 October 2017 in Aynabo
, an agreement was signed with the Somaliland government which stipulated the amendment of Somaliland's constitution and to integrate the organisation into the Somaliland government.
This signalled the end of the organisation even though it was an unpopular event amongst the Dhulbahante
The Somaliland Army consists of twelve divisions equipped primarily with light weaponry, though it is equipped with some howitzers
and mobile rocket launchers
. Its armoured vehicles and tanks are mostly of Soviet design, though there are some ageing Western vehicles and tanks in its arsenal. The Somaliland Navy (often referred to as a Coast Guard by the Associated Press
), despite a crippling lack of equipment and formal training, has apparently had some success at curbing both piracy and illegal fishing within Somaliland waters.
A map of Somaliland regions:
Currently Somaliland is divided into six regions: Awdal, Sahil, Maroodi-Jeeh, Toghdeer, Sanaag and Sool.
The regions are divided into eighteen administrative districts.
The following regions are taken from Michael Walls: State Formation in Somaliland: Bringing Deliberation to Institutionalism
from 2011, Somaliland: The Strains of Success
from 2015 and ActionAID, a humanitarian organization currently active in Somaliland.
Location and habitat
Satellite image of Somaliland
Somaliland is situated in the northwest of recognised Somalia. It lies between the 08°00' – 11°30' parallel north of the equator and between 42°30' – 49°00' meridian
east of Greenwich
. It is bordered by Djibouti
to the west, Ethiopia
to the south, and the Puntland
region of Somalia
to the east. Somaliland has a 740 kilometres (460 mi) coastline with the majority lying along the Gulf of Aden
. In terms of landmass, Somaliland's territory is comparable to that of Uruguay
, with an area of 176,120 km2
(68,000 sq mi). Somaliland's climate is a mixture of wet and dry conditions. The northern part of the region is hilly, and in many places the altitude ranges between 900 and 2,100 metres (3,000 and 6,900 ft) above sea level. The Awdal
and Maroodi Jeex
(Woqooyi Galbeed) regions are fertile and mountainous, while Togdheer
is mostly semi-desert
with little fertile greenery around. The Awdal region is also known for its offshore islands, coral reefs
. A scrub-covered, semi-desert plain referred as the Guban
lies parallel to the Gulf of Aden littoral. With a width of twelve kilometres (7.5 miles) in the west to as little as two kilometres (1.2 miles) in the east, the plain is bisected by watercourses that are essentially beds of dry sand except during the rainy seasons. When the rains arrive, the Guban's low bushes and grass clumps transform into lush vegetation.
This coastal strip is part of the Ethiopian xeric grasslands and shrublandsecoregion
is a mountain range
in the eStern part of the country. Extending from the northwest of Erigavo
to several kilometres west of the city of Bosaso
in neighbouring Somalia, it features Somaliland's highest peak
, which sits at an elevation of about 2,416 metres (7,927 ft).
The rugged east–west ranges of the Karkaar Mountains also lie to the interior of the Gulf of Aden littoral.
In the central regions, the northern mountain ranges give way to shallow plateaus and typically dry watercourses that are referred to locally as the Ogo
. The Ogo's western plateau, in turn, gradually merges into the Haud
, an important grazing area for livestock.
Somaliland is located north of the equator
. It is semi-arid. The average daily temperatures range from 25 to 35 °C (77 to 95 °F). The sun passes vertically overhead twice a year, on 22 March and 23 September. Somaliland consists of three main topographic zones: (1). A Coastal Plain (Guban) (2) The Coastal Range (Oogo) (3) A Plateau (Hawd) The Coastal Plain (Guban) is a zone with high temperatures and low rainfall. Summer temperatures in the region easily average over 100 °F (38 °C). However, temperatures come down during the winter, and both human and livestock populations increase dramatically in the region.
The Coastal Range (Ogo) is a high plateau to the immediate south of Guban. Its elevation ranges from 6,000 feet (1,800 m) above sea level in the West to 7,000 feet (2,100 m) in the East. Rainfall is heavier there than in Guban, although it varies considerably within the zone. The Plateau (Hawd) region lies to the south of Ogo range. It is generally more heavily populated during the wet season, when surface water is available. It is also an important area for grazing. Somalilanders recognize four seasons in the year; GU and Hagaa comprise spring and summer in that order, and Dayr and Jiilaal correspond to autumn and winter respectively.
The average annual rainfall is 446 millimetres (17.6 in) in some parts of country according to availability of rain gauge, and most of it comes during Gu and Dayr. GU, which is the first, or major, rainy season (late March, April, May, and early June), experiences the heaviest rainfall in Ogo range and Hawd. This constitutes the period of fresh grazing and abundant surface water. It is also the breeding season for livestock. Hagaa (from late June through August) is usually dry although there are often some scattered showers in the Ogo range, these are known as Karan rains. Hagaa tends to be hot and windy in most parts of the country. Deyr (September, October, and early November), which roughly corresponds to autumn, is the second, or minor, wet season; as the word "minor" suggests, the amount of precipitation is generally less than that of Gu. Jilaal, or winter, falls in the coolest and driest months of the year (from late November to early March). It is a season of thirst. Hawd receive virtually no rainfall in winter. The rainfall in the Guban zone, known as "Hays", comes from December to February. The humidity of the country varies from 63% in the dry season to 82% in the wet season.
500 Somaliland Shillings, 1000 Somaliland Shillings, 5000 Somaliland Shillings.
The Somaliland shilling
, which cannot easily be exchanged outside Somaliland on account of the nation's lack of recognition, is regulated by the Bank of Somaliland
, the central bank
, which was established constitutionally in 1994. It may not be considered valid tender in disputed areas such as Ayn or the district of Badhan
, which are not administered as part of Somaliland and continue to use the Somali shilling
despite being claimed by the Somaliland government.
Since Somaliland is unrecognised, international donors have found it difficult to provide aid. As a result, the government relies mainly upon tax receipts and remittances
from the large Somali diaspora
, which contribute immensely to Somaliland's economy.
Remittances come to Somaliland through money transfer companies
, the largest of which is Dahabshiil
one of the few Somali money transfer companies that conform to modern money-transfer regulations. The World Bank
estimates that remittances worth approximately US$1 billion reach Somalia annually from émigrés
working in the Gulf
states, Europe and the United States. Analysts say that Dahabshiil may handle around two-thirds of that figure and as much as half of it reaches Somaliland alone.
Since the late 1990s, service provisions have significantly improved through limited government provisions and contributions from non-governmental organisations
, religious groups, the international community (especially the diaspora), and the growing private sector. Local and municipal governments have been developing key public service provisions such as water in Hargeisa and education, electricity, and security in Berbera.
In 2009, the Banque pour le Commerce et l'Industrie – Mer Rouge
(BCIMR), based in Djibouti
, opened a branch in Hargeisa
and became the first bank in the country since the 1990 collapse of the Commercial and Savings Bank of Somalia
In 2014, Dahabshil Bank International
became the region's first commercial bank.
In 2017 Premier Bank
from Mogadishu opened a branch in Hargeisa.
firms also have branches in Somaliland. Among these companies is Telesom
, one of the largest operators in Somaliland. Founded in 2002 with the objective of supplying the local market with telecommunications services such as GSM
, fixed line
, and Internet access
, it has an extensive network that covers all of Somaliland's major cities and more than 40 districts in both Somalia and Somaliland.
Telesom also offers among the cheapest international calling rates at US$0.2 less than its nearest competitor.
Other telecommunication firms serving the region include Somtel
Livestock is the backbone of Somaliland's economy. Sheep, camels, and cattle are shipped from the Berbera port and sent to Gulf Arab countries, such as Saudi Arabia.
is generally considered to be a potentially successful industry, especially in the production of cereals
. Mining also has potential, though simple quarrying
represents the extent of current operations, despite the presence of diverse quantities of mineral deposits.
The rock art
and caves at Laas Geel
, situated on the outskirts of Hargeisa
, are a popular local tourist attraction. Totaling ten caves, they were discovered by a French
archaeological team in 2002 and are believed to date back around 5,000 years. The government and locals keep the cave paintings
safe and only a restricted number of tourists are allowed entry.
Other notable sights include the Freedom Arch in Hargeisa and the War Memorial
in the city centre. Natural attractions are very common around the region. The Naasa Hablood
are twin hills located on the outskirts of Hargeisa that Somalis in the region consider to be a majestic natural landmark.
The Ministry of Tourism has also encouraged travellers to visit historic towns and cities in Somaliland. The historic town of Sheekh
is located near Berbera and is home to old British colonial buildings that have remained untouched for over forty years. Berbera
also houses historic and impressive Ottoman architectural
buildings. Another equally famous historic city is Zeila
. Zeila was once part of the Ottoman Empire
, a dependency of Yemen
and a major trade city during the 19th century. The city has been visited for its old colonial landmarks, offshore mangroves
and coral reefs, towering cliffs, and beach. The nomadic
culture of Somaliland has also attracted tourists. Most nomads live in the countryside.
In June 2016, the Somaliland government signed an agreement with DP World
to manage the strategic port of Berbera
with the aim of enhancing productive capacity and acting as an alternative port for landlocked Ethiopia.
In August 2012, the Somaliland government awarded Genel Energy
license to explore oil within its territory. Results of a surface seep study completed early in 2015 confirmed the outstanding potential offered in SL-10B and SL-13 block and Oodweyne block with estimated oil reserves of 1 billion barrel each.
Genel Energy is set to drill exploration well for SL-10B and SL-13 block in Buur-Dhaab 20 kilometers northwest of Aynabo
by the end of 2018.
Population per age group
Somaliland's population was estimated at approximately 3.5 million in 2014. 52.9% of this population was estimated to be urban, 33.8% nomadic, 11% rural, and 2.4% were internally displaced persons
Issa man and woman in traditional attire (1844)
, another Harti Darod sub-clan, constitute a large number of residents in the eastern Sanaag
, and their population is mainly concentrated around Las Qorey
Many people in Somaliland speak two of the three official languages: Somali
, although the rate of bilingualism is lower in rural areas. Article 6 of the Constitution of 2001 designates the official language of Somaliland to be Somali,
though Arabic is a mandatory subject in school and is used in mosques
around the region and English
is spoken and taught in schools. English was proclaimed an official language later, outside the constitution.
The Somali language is the mother tongue of the Somali people
, the nation's most populous ethnic group. It is a member of the Cushitic
branch of the Afro-Asiatic
language family, and its nearest relatives are the Oromo
Somali is the best documented of the Cushitic languages,
with academic studies of it dating from before 1900.
With few exceptions, Somalis in Somaliland and elsewhere are Muslims
, the majority belonging to the Sunni
branch of Islam
and the Shafi'i
school of Islamic jurisprudence
As with southern Somali coastal towns such as Mogadishu
, there is also a presence of Sufism
, Islamic mysticism; particularly the Arab Rifa'iya tariiqa
Through the influence of the diaspora from Yemen and the Gulf states
, stricter Wahhabism
also has a noticeable presence.
Though traces of pre-Islamic traditional religion exist in Somaliland, Islam is dominant to the Somali sense of national identity. Many of the Somali social norms come from their religion. For example, most Somali women wear a hijab
when they are in public. In addition, religious Somalis abstain from pork
, and also try to avoid receiving or paying any form of interest (usury
). Muslims generally congregate on Friday afternoons for a sermon and group prayer.
Under the Constitution of Somaliland
, Islam is the state religion
of Somaliland, and no laws may violate the principles of Sharia
. The promotion of any religion other than Islam is illegal, and the state promotes Islamic tenets and discourages behaviour contrary to "Islamic morals".
Somaliland has very few Christians
. In 1913, during the early part of the colonial era, there were virtually no Christians in the Somali territories, with about 100–200 followers coming from the schools and orphanages of the handful of Catholic
missions in the British Somaliland protectorate.
The small number of Christians in the region today mostly come from similar Catholic institutions in Aden
, and Berbera
Somaliland falls within the Episcopal Area of the Horn of Africa as part of Somalia, under the Anglican Diocese of Egypt
. However, there are no current congregations in the territory.
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Mogadiscio
is designated to serve the area as part of Somalia. However, since 1990 there has been no Bishop of Mogadishu, and the Bishop of Djibouti acts as Apostolic Administrator.
The Adventist Mission
also indicates that there are no Adventist members.
While 40.5% of households in Somaliland have access to improved water sources, almost a third of households lie at least an hour away from their primary source of drinking water. 1 in 11 children die before their first birthday, and 1 in 9 die before their fifth birthday.
The UNICEF multiple indicator cluster survey (MICS) in 2006 found that 94.8% of women in Somaliland had undergone some form of female genital mutilation
in 2018 the Somaliland government issued a fatwa condemning the two most severe forms of FGM, but no laws are present to punish those responsible for the practice.
groupings of the Somali people are important social units
, and have a central role in Somali culture and politics. Clans are patrilineal
and are often divided into sub-clans, sometimes with many sub-divisions.
Somali society is traditionally ethnically endogamous
. To extend ties of alliance, marriage is often to another ethnic Somali
from a different clan. Thus, for example, a recent study observed that in 89 marriages contracted by men of the Dhulbahante
clan, 55 (62%) were with women of Dhulbahante sub-clans other than those of their husbands; 30 (33.7%) were with women of surrounding clans of other clan families (Isaaq
, 28; Hawiye
, 3); and 3 (4.3%) were with women of other clans of the Darod
clan family (Majerteen
It is considered polite to leave a little bit of food on the plate after finishing a meal at another's home. This tells the host that one has been given enough food. If plates are picked clean it is an indication that guests are still hungry. Most Somalis do not take this rule so seriously, but it is certainly not impolite to leave a few bits of food on one's plate. Somali breakfast typically includes a flatbread called lahoh
), as well as liver
, toast, harakoo, cereal, and porridge
made of millet
. Lunch can be a mixture of rice or pasta with meat and sauce.
Also consumed during lunchtime is a traditional soup referred to as maraq
, which is also part of Yemeni
cuisine. Maraq is made of vegetables, meat and beans and is usually eaten with flatbread or pita
bread. Later in the day, a lighter meal is served that includes beans
, ful medames
, muffo (patties made of oats or corn), or a salad with more lahoh/injera
have been described as the twin pillars of Somali culture. Somali poetry is mainly oral, with both male and female poets. They use things that are common in the Somali language as metaphors. Almost all Somalis are Sunni Muslims
and Islam is vitally important to the Somali sense of national identity
. Most Somalis do not belong to a specific mosque
or sect and can pray in any mosque they find.
Celebrations come in the form of religious festivities. Two of the most important are Eid ul-Adha
and Eid ul-Fitr
, which marks the end of the fasting month. Families get dressed up to visit one another, and money is donated to the poor. Other holidays include 26 June and 18 May, which celebrate British Somaliland's independence and the Somaliland region's establishment, respectively; the latter, however, is not recognised by the international community.
powder is mixed with water and then applied on the hair.
In the nomadic
culture, where one's possessions are frequently moved, there is little reason for the plastic arts
to be highly developed. Somalis embellish and decorate their woven and wooden milk jugs (haamo
; the most decorative jugs are made in Ceerigaabo
) as well as wooden headrests. Traditional dance is also important, though mainly as a form of courtship among young people. One such dance known as Ciyaar Soomaali
is a local favourite.
An important form of art in Somali culture is henna
art. The custom of applying henna dates back to antiquity. During special occasions, a Somali woman's hands and feet are expected to be covered in decorative mendhi
. Girls and women usually apply or decorate their hands and feet in henna on festive celebrations like Eid
or weddings. The henna designs vary from very simple to highly intricate. Somali designs vary, with some more modern and simple while others are traditional and intricate. Traditionally, only women apply it as body art
, as it is considered a feminine custom. Henna is not only applied on the hands and feet but is also used as a dye
. Somali men and women alike use henna as a dye to change their hair colour. Women are free to apply henna on their hair as most of the time they are wearing a hijab
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