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Full nameHargeisa
Native nameHargaysa
Native name langso
Other nameهرجيسا
RegionWoqooyi Galbeed
Granted capital status1941 (British Somaliland)
MayorMudane Hussain Mohammoud Jiciir
Elevation4350.4 ft (1326 m)
Total Population1300000
Density (pop.)15/km2 (38.9/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)
LanguagesSomali, Arabic and English
ReligionSunni Islam

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Hargeisa ( , ) is a city in the northwestern Woqooyi Galbeed region of Somalia. With a population of approximately 2 million residents, it is the second largest city in the country. Hargeisa is the capital of Somaliland, a self-declared republic that is internationally recognized as an autonomous region of Somalia. It was the colonial capital of the British Somaliland protectorate from 1941 to 1960, when it gained independence as the State of Somaliland and united with Italian Somaliland to form the Somali Republic.

The city is situated in a valley in the Galgodon (Ogo) highlands, and sits at an elevation of 4,377 feet (1,334 m). Home to a lot of rock art from the Neolithic period, Hargeisa is also a commercial hub for precious stone-cutting, construction, retail services and importing/exporting, among other activities.

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