Take a look at what a "poor" country like Algeria produced in terms of "Philately" those same 2 years!
Look at the wealth of natural treasures this country has.
Did you know that (wiki info):
- Algeria is the tenth-largest country in the world, and the largest in Africa and in the Mediterranean.
- The territory of today's Algeria was the home of many ancient prehistoric cultures, including Aterianand Capsian cultures. Its area has known many empires and dynasties, including ancient BerberNumidians, Lybio-Punic Carthaginians, Romans, Vandals, Byzantines, Arab Umayyads, BerberFatimids, Berber Almoravids, Berber Almohads, Turkish Ottomans and the French colonial empire.
- The varied vegetation of Algeria includes coastal, mountainous and grassy desert-like regions which all support a wide range of wildlife.The most commonly seen animals include the wild boars, jackals, and gazelles, although it is not uncommon to spot fennecs (foxes), and jerboas. Algeria also has a few leopard and cheetah populations, but these are seldom seen.
- A variety of bird species makes the country an attraction for bird watchers. The forests are inhabited by boars and jackals. Barbary macaques are the sole native monkey. Snakes, monitor lizards, and numerous other reptiles can be found living among an array of rodents throughout the semi arid regions of Algeria. Many animals are now extinct, among which the Barbary lions and bears.
- Algeria is classified as an upper middle income country by the World Bank.
- Thanks to strong hydrocarbon revenues, Algeria has a cushion of $173 billion in foreign currency reserves and a large hydrocarbon stabilization fund. In addition, Algeria's external debt is extremely low at about 2% of GDP. The economy remains very dependent on hydrocarbon wealth, and, despite high foreign exchange reserves (US$178 billion, equivalent to three years of imports), current expenditure growth makes Algeria's budget more vulnerable to the risk of prolonged lower hydrocarbon revenues.