• Unrecognized states
  • Independence declared 18 May 1991
  • Capital Hargeisa
  • President Muse Bihi Abdi
  • Population 3,508,180
  • Area 176,120 km²
  • Motto There is no god but God; Muhammad is the Messenger of God

Somaliland is a self-declared state, internationally considered to be an autonomous region of Somalia. It lies in northwestern Somalia, on the southern coast of the Gulf of Aden. After the Somali Civil War that started in 1988, the local authorities led by the Somali National Movement declared independence in 1991. The government is ranked as partly democratic by Freedom House, and maintains informal ties with some foreign governments. However, Somaliland’s self-proclaimed independence remains unrecognized by any country or international organization. It is a member of the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization.