Sightseeing in Algeria

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Tourism and Culture

Different Forms of Tourism

Many museums and monuments reflect Algeria's historic past.
In Algiers: the National Museum of Antiquities, the History Museum, the War Museum, the Martyrs' Monument.
28 museums including the Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions (Algiers) and the Cirta National Museum (Constantine).
The coastal band, the Atlas mountains, the Oases of the Sahara, the Hoggar mountains in the south, the mountainous massifs of Great Kabylia, Saharan Algeria with its plains and mountains, and the many UNESCO World Heritage sites (see the list).
Algeria is home to some 15 000 mosques, including a certain number of very old ones. The Great Mosque of Algiers was built in 1018, that of Tlemcen in 1102, the mosque of the Pasha, in Oran, in 1797. See also the mosque of Constantine.
Algeria has more than 200 hot springs, some of which date from Roman times.
Algeria has 309 authorized beaches over all its coastal towns.
Winter Sports
Not far from Blida there is a ski slope at Chréa (altitude 1 500 m).
Outdoor Activities
Trekking, expeditions in 4x4s, rides on camels, etc. See further information on the website.
Local items that tourists can bring back from Algeria are: carpets, gypsum flowers ("Roses of the sands"), darboukas (percussion instruments), dates. Terracotta or copper items made by local craftsmen are becoming rarer and rarer.

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Individual and Civic Freedoms

Political Freedom
Civil Liberty
Freedom of the Press
World Ranking of Freedom of the Press According to "Reporters sans Frontières", 2009 report : 141/175
Evolution: 20 places down compared to 2008
For Further Information, Consult Worldwide Press Freedom Index 2009, Reporters Without Borders
Free Access to the Internet
Freedom of Assembly
Rule of Law
Personal Autonomy and Individual Rights
Generally respected
Women's Condition
In spite of having equal status and freedom, women are paid 25 to 30% less than men.
For Further Information
The Country Report published by Freedom House
The 2006 world ranking on freedom of the press by Reporters without Borders

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Degree of Freedom
Sunni Muslims: 99.6%, Catholics: 0.2%, Others: 0.2%.
Role of Religion in Society
Islam is the State religion; it is written into the Constitution.

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