Did you know that Italian is a common language in Somalia? Italy acquired a portion of Somalia as a colony in 1880 through a series of treaties with Somalis leaders. The territory was referred to as Italian Somaliland until 1936 when it became apart of Africa Orientale Italiana. During the colonization Italian was the major language. In 1941, Italy lost control of Somalia to the British.
Today, Somali is the official language of Somalia. Other common languages include Arabic and English. However, Italian is still spoken by approximately 10% of the population.