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Egypt

Arab Republic of Egypt
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Jumhuriyat Mi?r al-?Arabiyah (Arabic)
Gomhoreyyet Ma?r el-?Arabeyya (Egyptian Arabic)
Flag Coat of arms
Anthem: Bilady, Bilady, Bilady
My country, my country, my country
Capital
and largest city
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Official languages Arabic
National language Egyptian Arabic
Demonym Egyptian
Government Unitary semi-presidential
republic
 -  President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi
 -  Prime Minister Sherif Ismail
Legislature Legislation by presidential decree (Temporarily until the House of Representatives is elected)
Establishment
 -  Unification of Upper and Lower Egypt c. 3150 BC 
 -  Muhammad Ali Dynasty inaugurated 9 July 1805 
 -  Independence from
the United Kingdom
28 February 1922 
 -  Republic declared 18 June 1953 
 -  Revolution Day 23 July 1952 
 -  Current Constitution 18 January 2014 
Area
 -  Total 1,010,407.87  km2 (30th)
387,048 sq mi
 -  Water (%) 0.632
Population
 -  2015 estimate 89,744,000 (15th)
 -  2006 census 72,798,000
 -  Density 84/km2 (126th)
218/sq mi
GDP (PPP) 2015 estimate
 -  Total $989.886 billion (24th)
 -  Per capita $11,194 (100th)
GDP (nominal) 2015 estimate
 -  Total $324.267 billion (34th)
 -  Per capita $3,724 (115th)
Gini (2008) 30.8
medium
HDI (2013) Decrease 0.682
medium ยท 110th
Currency Egyptian pound (EGP)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Drives on the right
Calling code +20
ISO 3166 code EG
Internet TLD
  • .eg
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a. Literary Arabic is the sole official language. Egyptian Arabic is the national spoken language. Other dialects and minority languages are spoken regionally.
b. "Among the peoples of the ancient Near East, only the Egyptians have stayed where they were and remained what they were, although they have changed their language once and their religion twice. In a sense, they constitute the world's oldest nation". Arthur Goldschmidt Jr.

Egypt (i/'i?dpt/; Arabic: ?? Mi?r, Egyptian Arabic: ? Ma?r), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a transcontinental country spanning the northeast corner of Africa and southwest corner of Asia, via a land bridge formed by the Sinai Peninsula. It is the world's only contiguous Eurafrasian nation and most of Egypt's territory of 1,010,408 square kilometres (390,000 sq mi) lies within the Nile Valley. It is a Mediterranean country and is bordered by the Gaza Strip and Israel to the northeast, the Gulf of Aqaba to the east, the Red Sea to the east and south, Sudan to the south and Libya to the west.

Egypt has one of the longest histories of any modern country, arising in the tenth millennium BC as one of the world's first nation states. Considered a cradle of civilisation, Ancient Egypt experienced some of the earliest developments of writing, agriculture, urbanisation, organised religion and central government in history. Iconic monuments such as the Giza Necropolis and its Great Sphinx, as well the ruins of Memphis, Thebes, Karnak, and the Valley of the Kings, reflect this legacy and remain a significant focus of archaeological study and popular interest worldwide. Egypt's rich cultural heritage is an integral part of its national identity, having endured and at times assimilated various foreign influences, including Greek, Persian, Roman, Arab, Ottoman, and European. Although Christianised during the common era, it was subsequently Islamised due to the Islamic conquests of the 7th century.

With over 89 million inhabitants, Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab World, the third-most populous in Africa (after Nigeria and Ethiopia), and the fifteenth-most populous in the world. The great majority of its people live near the banks of the Nile River, an area of about 40,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq mi), where the only arable land is found. The large regions of the Sahara desert, which constitute most of Egypt's territory, are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.

Modern Egypt is considered to be a regional and middle power, with significant cultural, political, and military influence in North Africa, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Its economy is one of the largest and most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and services at almost equal production levels. In 2011, longtime President Hosni Mubarak stepped down amid mass protests. Later elections saw the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was ousted by the army a year later amid mass protests.

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