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Gambia, The People

    Population: 1,336,320 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 46% (male 305,839; female 304,905)
    15-64 years: 52% (male 341,947; female 348,163)
    65 years and over: 2% (male 18,706; female 16,760) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 3.35% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 42.76 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 12.57 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 3.34 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.98 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 1.12 male(s)/female
    total population: 1 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 75.33 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 54.39 years
    male: 52.02 years
    female: 56.83 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 5.83 children born/woman (1999 est.)

    Nationality:
    noun: Gambian(s)
    adjective: Gambian

    Ethnic groups: African 99% (Mandinka 42%, Fula 18%, Wolof 16%, Jola 10%, Serahuli 9%, other 4%), non-African 1%

    Religions: Muslim 90%, Christian 9%, indigenous beliefs 1%

    Languages: English (official), Mandinka, Wolof, Fula, other indigenous vernaculars

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 38.6%
    male: 52.8%
    female: 24.9% (1995 est.)

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