Interesting Egypt Facts

Egypt is a coastal country located in Africa where it is bordered by the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya, Sudan, the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. It spans 1,002,450 km2 of land. The approximate population of Egypt is more than 97,553,151.

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Egypt Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Egypt, Arab Republic of Egypt * Location: Africa * Bordering: the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya, Sudan, the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea * Capital City: Cairo * Size: 1,002,450 km2 * Estimated Population: over 97,553,151 * Currency: Egyptian pound (EGP) * Language(s): Arabic * Country Code: +20

Interesting Egypt Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Egypt is located on the continent of Africa, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by the Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya, Sudan, the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the second largest continent in the world, it has 54 countries, stretches across a total area size of 30,370,000 km2 and forms 20.4% of the landmass of the world. Egypt is a coastal country that spreads over a total area of approximately 1,002,450 km2. It is the twelth largest country in Africa. Egypt is located on the continent of Africa but part of it, the Sinai Peninsula, is situated in Asia.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is in excess of 97,553,151 people. The majority of Egypt's inhabitants reside in Cairo which is the country's most populous city. Egypt has the third highest population in Africa, its overall population density is approximately 81 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital city of Egypt is Cairo. Other major cities located in this country include Alexandria, Giza, Port Said, Suez and Al Maḩallah al Kubrá.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following information provides a guideline to the approximate border lengths of Egypt:
Coastline 2,450 km, Gaza Strip 13 km, Israel 208 km, Libya 1,115 km, Sudan 1,276 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Egypt has a desert climate that is characterized by hot, arid summers that see little rainfall, and moderate winter seasons. The geography of Egypt is dominated by desert land which encompasses the Nile River and delta. Egypt controls the Sinai Peninsula which is located between the Red Sea in the south and the Mediterranean Sea in the north. The Sinai Peninsula forms a land bridge between Africa and Asia, it occupies approximately 60,000 km2 and is in fact, the only part of Egypt that is located on the continent of Asia. The lowest point of Egypt is the Qattara Depression at -133m, and the highest point of elevation is Mount Catherine at 2,629m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Egypt
Natural resources can be described as materials and substances found naturally occurring on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of natural resources present in an individual country depends on varying factors which are influenced by the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, have many natural resources, where as some other countries have limited to none. Three of the primary uses of natural resources are food, transport and construction. The following examples provide information on the everyday uses of natural resources: Fish occurs naturally in many bodies of water and can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into various fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests and used to construct houses and furniture. The natural resources of Egypt include natural gas, petroleum, iron ore, phosphates, manganese, limestone, gypsum, talc, asbestos, lead, rare elements and zinc.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Egypt is Arabic. English and French are taught to the educated classes of this country.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Egypt is Muslim at approximately 90% of the population. The vast majority are Sunni Muslims; one of the main branches of Islam. People belonging to the Islamic religion worship Allah. In the English language, the word Allah refers to God in Islam. Those belonging to the religion of Islam believe in one god. Most of Egypt’s population are Muslim and follow the practices of Islam. Around 10% are Christian. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Egypt
Each country has its own individual culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, anthems, songs and mottos represent the national pride and identity of countries across the globe. These national symbols are created through the unique history of a nation and can portray both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, songs, mottos and colors reflect the past, present and future hopes of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can represent a combination of things that are important to a country such as birds, animals, plants, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Egypt:

  • National symbol(s): golden eagle, white lotus

  • National colors: red, white and black

  • National Anthem/Song: Bilady, Bilady, Bilady (Translation: My Homeland, My Homeland, My Homeland)

  • National Holiday(s): Revolution Day, 23 July (1952)

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