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Essential Facts:

Independence

28 February 1922 (from UK)

Capital

Cairo

Main cities

Alexandria, Giza, Shubra el Khema, El Mahalla el Kubra, Aswan, Asyut, Port Said, Suez, Ismailia

Size

1 002 000 sq km (386 874 sq miles)

Population

81 713 520 (Estimate July 2008)

Main languages

Arabic (official), English and French

Religion

Muslim (mostly Sunni) 94%, Coptic Christian and other 6%

Ethnicity

Egyptian 98%, Berber, Nubian, Bedouin, and Beja 1%, Greek, Armenian, other European (primarily Italian and French) 1%

Calling Code

20

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