Sudan

 
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Sudan is a country in northeastern Africa. It is the largest country in the African continent and, as a member of the Arab League, also the largest country in the Arab World and tenth largest in the world by area.

It is bordered by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, Kenya and Uganda to the southeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west and Libya to the northwest.

The people of Sudan have a long history extending from antiquity, which is intertwined with the history of Egypt, with which it was united politically over several periods. Sudan's modern history has been plagued by civil wars stemming from ethnic, religious, and economic conflict between the Muslim Arab Northern Sudanese (with Nubian roots), and the Christian and animist Nilotes of Southern Sudan.

Sudan is (as of 2008) ranked as the second most politically unstable country in the world according to the Failed States Index, for its military dictatorship and the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Darfur. However, despite its internal conflicts, Sudan has managed to achieve economic growth. Source


Sudan Facts

Population: 39 million

Capital: Khartoum

Currency: Sudanese Pound

Area: 2,505,813 km2

Language: Arabic, English

Main Religion: Muslim

Calling Code: +249

Time Zone: GMT + 3

Main Cities: Bur Sudan, Al-Hartum, Al-Hartum Bahri, Niyala, Umm Durman