24 Salutary Facts About South Sudan

Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Take a look at these 24 facts about South Sudan!

Geographical stats…

  1. South Sudan is a landlocked country in East Africa.
  2. It is bordered by Sudan to the north, Ethiopia to the east, Kenya, Uganda and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the south and Central African Republic to the west.
  3. To explore this beautiful country for yourself, head for the coordinates of 4.8500° N, 31.6000° E.
  4. The centre of South Sudan features a large swamp fed by the White Nile river, whilst there are plains in the north and highlands in the south.
  5. The total land area of South Sudan is 248,777 square miles (644,329 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s roughly the same size as France..
  7. South Sudan’s population was 12,042,910 in 2015…
  8. …that’s around 1/5th of the population of France!
  9. Residents here are known as South Sudanese.
  10. The capital is Juba, which had a population of 321,000 in 2015.
  11. The South Sudanese enjoy a tropical climate with a rainy season spanning from April to November, followed by a dry season from December to March.
  12. With several national parks and protected game reserves, there is a wealth of wildlife in South Sudan, including giraffes, buffalos, lions, elephants and hartebeest (large antelope)!

Social intricacies

  1. The official language of South Sudan is English, although there are many indigenous languages spoken here too.
  2. South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011!
  3. South Sudanese Pound is the official currency here.
  4. The majority of South Sudanese live in Tukels; these houses are generally constructed from sticks and mud with a thatched roof and are circular in shape.
  5. The average life span here is 55 years.
  6. Cows are often used as a form of currency for barter in South Sudan and are thus a sign of wealth. It is not uncommon to guard cattle with guns in South Sudan to prevent would-be thieves from stealing them!
  7. It is also commonplace to pay a man in cattle for the opportunity to marry his daughter should there be several men competing for her. Prices vary but can sometimes reach 100 cattle!
  8. Although football is the national sport of South Sudan, wrestling is one of the most popular.

Industry insights…

  1. South Sudan grows maize, rice, wheat, millet, gum arabic, mangoes, bananas, papaya, sugarcane, cotton, sweet potato, beans and peanuts; they also rear cattle and sheep.
  2. Its main industry is petroleum production.
  3. The main export is crude oil.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in South Sudan? You can make cheap calls to South Sudan with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00211.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in South Sudan, head over to the South Sudan News Agency.

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