Africa's largest country by area, Algeria is a major energy exporter. It sits on the continent's third-largest oil reserves after Nigeria and Libya, and the world's ninth-largest gas reserves. Its territory includes a Mediterranean coastline, snowcapped mountains and vast desert. The country has a strong literary tradition: Both Albert Camus, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature, and Ahlam Mosteghanemi, the most widely read woman in the Arab world, are Algerian.

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