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Formerly know as Djidjelli
It is the capital of Jijel province with 640,00 inhabitants (2005 estimate) and an area of 2,577 km².
Jijel is the administrative and trade centre for a region specializing in cork processing, leather tanning and steel making. Local agriculture produces especially citrus fruits and grains. Fishing is also of great importance. Tourism (mainly Algerians) are attracted to Jijel for its beautiful nature, fine sand beaches and a casino.
Due to the rugged landscape is Jijel slightly isolated, but connected by road to large cities like Beja´a (90 km west), Setif (135 km southwest) and Constantine (150 km southeast).
Jijel is built along modern patterns with wide streets framed by trees. The surrounding nature is unusually beautiful, dominated by dense cork-oak forest. A peninsula lies right out from the coast and there is a citadel to the north.
Jijel has the UniversitÚ de Jijel.
The population is a mixture of Arabs and Kabyli Berbers.