23 Salutary Facts about South Sudan
Looking to boost your knowledge of the world? Take a look at these 23 interesting facts about South Sudan!
- South Sudan is a landlocked country in East Africa.
- 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.
- To explore this beautiful country for yourself, head for the coordinates of 4.8500° N, 31.6000° E.
- 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.
- The total land area of South Sudan is 248,777 square miles (644,329 square kilometres)…
- …that’s roughly the same size as France..
- South Sudan’s population was 12,042,910 in 2015…
- …that’s around 1/5th of the population of France!
- Residents here are known as South Sudanese.
- The capital is Juba, which had a population of 321,000 in 2015.
- 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.
- 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)!
- The official language of South Sudan is English, although there are many indigenous languages spoken here too.
- South Sudan is the world’s youngest country, having gained independence from Sudan in 2011!
- South Sudanese Pound is the official currency here.
- 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.
- The average life span here is 55 years.
- 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!
- 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!
- Although football is the national sport of South Sudan, wrestling is one of the most popular.
- 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.
- Its main industry is petroleum production.
- The main export is crude oil.