Key Stats

Capital: Cairo

Population: 97 million

Average life expectancy: 73 years

Literacy rate: 74%

Population living below poverty line: 25%

Population without electricity: 300,000

Population without access to safe drinking water: 58,200

Most widely spoken language: Arabic

Source: The World Factbook

About Egypt

Egypt is the most populous country in North Africa and the Arab world. The population lives on less than 8% of the land, staying near the banks of the Nile River where the only arable land is found. Egypt's economy faces a number of hurdles, with a generally low standard of living related to its population and limited economic resources to support it. Home to one of the richest architectural cultures in the world, Egypt is a recognized cultural center of the Arabic-speaking world.

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