Units of measurement used in Somalia

A number of units of measurement were used in Somalia to measure length, mass, area, capacity, etc. Metric system adopted in 1950, and has been compulsory since 1972 in Somalia.^{[1]}

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System before metric system

A number of units were used. These units were local and varied with materials and provinces.

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Length

Several units were used to measure length. One top was equal to 3.92 m.^{[1]}^{[2]} One cubito was equal to 1/7 top.^{[1]}^{[2]}

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Mass

A number of units were used to measure mass. One rottolo (pound) was equal to 0.448 kg.^{[1]}^{[2]} Some other units are given below:

1 okia (ounce) = 1⁄16 rottolo

1 frasla = 36 rottolo

1 gisla = 360 rottolo.^{[1]}^{[2]}

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Area

One darat was equal to 8000 m^{2}.^{[2]}

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Capacity

Two main systems, dry and liquid, were used.

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Dry

Several units were used to measure dry capacity. One chela was equal to 1.359 L.^{[1]}^{[2]} Some other units were given below:

1 tabla = 15 chela

1 gisla = 120 chela.^{[1]}^{[2]}

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Liquid

One caba was equal to 0.453 L.^{[1]}^{[2]}