South Sudan Country Facts
Alternate Names: South Sudan
Former Names: Sudan, Anglo-Egyptian Sudan
Capital City: Juba
Flag: The flag of South Sudan is similar to the Flag of Kenya with the addition of a blue triangle and gold star. The color black represents Southern Sudanese people. The color red represnts the blood shed for freedom. The color green represents the land. The color blue represents the waters of the Nile. The gold star, which is The Star of Bethlehem, represents represents the unity of the states of South Sudan.
Date of Independence: July 9, 2001
National Anthem: South Sudan Oyee!
Population: Estimated at around 8 million
Size/Area: 239,285 square miles
Land Locked: Yes
Bordering Countries: Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Sudan.
Administrative Divisions: South Sudan is composed of ten states: Central Equatoria, Jonglei, Eastern Equatoria, Lakes, Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Western Equatoria, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, and Upper Nile. These ten states are further broken down into 86 counties.
Major Cities: Juba, Wau, and Malakal
Languages: Arabic, English, Nuer, Zande, Bari, Shilluk
Religions: Christianity, traditional and indigenous beliefs.
Major Holidays: July 9 (Independence Day)
Currency: Sudanese Pound
Currency Code: SDG
Highest Point: Mount Kinyeti
Bordering Bodies of Water: None
Major Agricultural Products: cotton, groundnuts, sorghum, millet, wheat, gum arabic, sugarcane, cassava, mangos, papaya, bananas, sweet potatoes, sesame, and teak.
Natural Resources: Petroleum, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, and hydropower.
Time Zone: UTC+3
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