In the past Djibouti was known as French Somaliland and also Obock. Right in the Horn of Africa, Djibouti is bordered by The Red Sea and the Gulf of Eden to the East, Eritrea in the north, Ethiopia to the west and south and Somalia to the south east. Djibouti is sparsely populated, with almost a million inhabitants only. The predominant religion of Djibouti is Islam. IN 1967, the country changed its name to Afars and Issas after some new treaties with France. When in 1977, she became independent, the country went on to use the name The Repulic of Djibouti. Djibouti is the main city of the country. In 1977, Djibouti joined the United Nations. Djibouti is an independent nation but she retains deep French relations. From France, Djibouti receives economic assistance but French is spoken by a minority. The best known writer from Djibouti is Waberi Abdourahman.