22 Cultural Facts about Chad
Do you have friends or family that live in this incredible country? Impress them with your local knowledge with these 22 interesting facts about Chad!
- Chad is a large landlocked country in Central Africa.
- 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.
- Join your friends and family on safari by heading for the coordinates 12.1000° N, 16.0333°
- 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!
- The total land area of Chad is 495,755 square miles (1,284,000 square kilometres)…
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- …that’s slightly larger than Spain and France combined!
- Chad’s population was 14.9 million in 2017…
- …that’s around 1/4 of the Spanish population!
- Ever wondered what to call the residents of Chad? They’re known as Chadians!
- The capital is N’Djamena; it covers an area of 39 square miles (100 square kilometres) and had a population of 1.26 million in 2015.
- Chadians enjoy a tropical climate in the south and a desert climate in the north.
- Chad is home to a wide variety of wildlife including lions, buffalo, elephants, giraffes, antelope, hippopotami, rhinoceroses, leopards, cheetahs, snakes and hyenas!
- French and Arabic are the official languages of Chad, however, there are more than 120 different local languages and dialects spoken here, too!
- CFA Franc is the official currency here.
- 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.
- Apparently, Donkey’s milk is used here to cure whooping cough!
- 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!
- 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!
- The average life span here is 52.9 years (2016).
- Chad grows cotton, millet, peanuts and sorghum; it also rears cattle.
- Its industry consists of oil, cotton textiles, beer brewing, meat packing and sodium carbonate.
- Chad exports cattle, cotton and gum arabic.
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