Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start with these 18 interesting facts about Sudan!
Located in northeast Africa, Sudan (now known as North Sudan) was the largest country on the African continent before dividing.
It has a total area of 728,215 square miles (1,886,068 square kilometres).
According to the ‘World Factbook’, Sudan is the 10th largest country in the world.
Flag of Sudan
In 2011 though, Sudan split into two countries (North Sudan and South Sudan) after the people of the south voted for independence; the last official census recording the population of Sudan in 2008 included the populations of Eastern, Western and Northern Sudan and recorded over 30 million citizens.
In 2018, Sudan’s population was estimated at 41.8 million.
Sudan experiences tropical weather in the south (where you can find striking mountains) and has an arid desert in the North.
Khartoum is the capital of Sudan; it has an area of 8,549 square miles (22,142 square kilometres) and an approximate population of 5,274,321.
It has a variety of industries including oil, cotton ginning, textiles, edible oils, sugar, soap distilling, shoes, petroleum refining, cement, pharmaceuticals, armaments and car/light truck assembly.
January 1st is a National Holiday; the country celebrates its independence from Egypt and the UK in 1956.
Temple of Amun in Naga, ruins of the Meroitic civilisation.
Surprisingly, Sudan is home to more pyramids than it’s neighbour; Egypt has over 100 pyramids, whereas Sudan has more than 230 (possibly more because some are unidentifiable due to weathering)!
The Sudanese pyramids aren’t as big or as historically significant as Egypt’s though (nevertheless, they were still found with hieroglyphics, mummies and treasures), and they weren’t restricted to members of the royal family; priests and high ranking officials would often be buried with a small pyramid atop their grave.
Want to call your family and friends in Sudan? You’ll need to use the international dialling code +249.
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