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.

Time: GMT

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.