Population: Around 2 million
Capital city: Banjul
Neighbouring countries: The Gambia is completely surrounded by Senegal, except for its western coastline.
Geography: The Gambia's border wraps around the Gambia River, which meanders through the centre of the country. The country's terrain is mostly grassy plains.
Political system: Unitary presidential republic
Major religions: Islam
Main languages: English
Money: The Gambian dalasi (GMD) is subdivided into 100 bututs. ATMs are relatively easy to find in the Gambia and expats can open a Gambian bank account without much hassle.
Tipping: Everyone seems to have a different opinion with regards to tipping in the Gambia, but most seem to agree that tips at upscale restaurants should be 7.5 percent of the bill, even if a service charge is already included.
Electricity: 230V, 50Hz. Plugs have three flat blades.
Internet domain: .gm
International dialling code: +220
Emergency numbers: Police: 117; Ambulance: 116; Fire: 118
Transport and driving: The Gambia's public transport system consists of buses, taxis, minibuses and ferries. Driving is on the right-hand side of the road.