The Gambia, which occupies a narrow strip of land on either side of the Gambia River, is the smallest country on the African mainland. With an area of 10,689 square kilometres and a population of 2.4 million (2021), it is also among the continent's most densely populated. The Gambia's official language is English. The country's capital, Banjul, is located on St Mary's Island, near the mouth of the Gambia River.
The Gambia's economy is dominated by agriculture, fisheries and tourism.
The Gambia is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations, African Union and the Economic Community of West African States.
Australia's High Commissioner to The Gambia is resident in Abuja, Nigeria. The Gambia's Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, resident in Riyadh, is accredited to Australia.
Economic and trade information
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Heads of Government
Embassies and consulates
- The Australian High Commission in Nigeria is responsible for The Gambia