Northern Africa - Egypt - Nationwide Newspapers

Country Information

Location:  Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip, and the Red Sea north of Sudan, and includes the Asian Sinai Peninsula
Geographic Coordinates:   27 00 N, 30 00 E
Area:   1,001,450 sq km (land: 995,450 sq km water: 6,000 sq km)
Climate:  Desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters
Languages:  Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes
Population:  86,895,099 (July 2014 est.)
Capital:  Cairo
Religion:  Muslim (predominantly Sunni) 90%, Christian (majority Coptic Orthodox, other Christians include Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox, and Anglican) 10% (2012 est.)
Ethnic Groups:  Egyptian 99.6%, other 0.4% (2006 census)
Independence:  28 February 1922 (from UK protectorate status; the revolution that began on 23 July 1952 led to a republic being declared on 18 June 1953 and all British troops withdrawn on 18 June 1956)

Source:  CIA Factbook