23 Cultural Facts About Chad

Do you have friends or family that live in this incredible country? Impress them with your local knowledge with these 23 facts about Chad!

Geographical stats…

  1. Chad is a large landlocked country in Central Africa.
  2. It is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south, Cameroon and Nigeria to the southwest and Niger to the west.
  3. Join your friends and family on safari by heading for the coordinates 12.1000° N, 16.0333°
  4. The terrain here is a wonderful mix of desert in the north, mountains in the northwest, broad arid plains in the centre and lowlands in the south – lots to explore!
  5. The total land area of Chad is 495,755 square miles (1,284,000 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s slightly larger than Spain and France combined!
  7. Chad’s population was 11.6 million in 2015…
  8. …that’s around 1/4 of the Spanish population!
  9. Ever wondered what to call the residents of Chad? They’re known as Chadians!
  10. The capital is NDjamena; it covers an area of 39 square miles (100 square kilometres) and had a population of 1.26 million in 2015.
  11. Chadians enjoy a tropical climate in the south and a desert climate in the north.
  12. Chad is home to a wide variety of wildlife including lions, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelope, hippopotami, rhinoceroses, leopards, cheetahs, snakes and hyenas!

Social intricacies

  1. French and Arabic are the official languages of Chad, however, there are more than 120 different local languages and dialects spoken here, too!
  2. CFA Franc is the official currency here.
  3. It is customary for future Chadian husbands to work for their father-in-law for 3 years. It is also common for him to make straw mats and build a hut for his mother-in-law to shade her from the sun.
  4. Apparently, Donkey’s milk is used here to cure whooping cough!
  5. In Chad it is deemed rude to make eye contact whilst talking – if you do, the other person may think you are angry with them!
  6. If your hands are dirty you must offer your wrist when you meet someone. If their hands are also dirty you will both offer wrists and perform a ‘wrist-shake’, rather than hand shake… yes, we tried it in the office and it’s harder than you’d think!
  7. The average life span here is 49 years.

Industry insights…

  1. Chad grows cotton, millet, peanuts and sorghum; it also rears cattle.
  2. Its industry consists of oil, cotton textiles, beer brewing, meat packing and sodium carbonate.
  3. Chad exports cattle, cotton and gum arabic.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone who lives in Chad? You can call Chad easily and cheaply through Cherry Call.  Don’t forget to use the international dialling code of 00235.

Want to know what’s happening in Chad? Head over to the News Time Africa website to keep up-to-date.

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