|North Africa faces the Mediterranean Sea on its northern shores and the massive Atlantic Ocean on its west coast. The east coast looks out across the Red Sea toward Saudi Arabia and the Arab world. Many of the North African countries are indeed made up of a predominantly Arab mix and by far the most dominant religion is Islam although Christianity is also evident across the region. Languages spoken include Arabic, English, Spanish, French and German.|
The countries that make up North Africa are Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia. North Africa has a total land area of 5,738,394 sq km. Natural features include the Atlas Mountains, Nile River, Libyan Desert and of course the start of the mighty Sahara in the southern areas. Morocco and Tunisia are big tourist destinations now and of course Egypt boasts the Pyramids and the Nile Valley with it's many tombs. The nations of Algeria and Libya are more heavily reliant on the oil industry and large reserves of natural gas.
North Africa has a good transport network including 245,400 km of road, 773km of highways and 12,922 km of railways. The Suez Canal in Egypt provides an important transport link between Europe and the Asian continent.
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