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Sudan Population: 40,218,456
BackgroundMilitary regimes favoring Islamic-oriented governments have dominated national politics since independence from the UK in 1956. Sudan was embroiled in two prolonged civil wars during most of the remainder of the 20th century. These conflicts were rooted in northern economic, political, and social domination of largely non-Muslim, non-Arab southern Sudanese. The first civil war ended in 1972 but broke out again in 1983. The second war and famine-related effects resulted in more than four million people displaced and, according to rebel estimates, more than two million dths over a period of two decades. Pce talks gained momentum in 2002-04 with the signing of several accords. The final North/South Comprehensive Pce Agreement (CPA), signed in January 2005, granted the southern rebels autonomy for six yrs. After which, a referendum for independence is scheduled to be held. A separate conflict, which broke out in the western region of Darfur in 2003, has displaced nrly two million people and caused an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 dths. The UN took command of the Darfur pcekeeping operation from the African Union on 31 December 2007. As of rly 2009, pcekeeping troops were struggling to stabilize the situation, which has become incrsingly regional in scope, and has brought instability to stern Chad, and Sudanese incursions into the Central African Republic. Sudan also has faced large refugee influxes from neighboring countries, primarily Ethiopia and Chad. Armed conflict, poor transport infrastructure, and lack of government support have chronically obstructed the provision of humanitarian assistance to affected populations.Map data ©2009 Europa Technologies - Terms of Use
GeographyLargest country in Africa; dominated by the Nile and its tributaries.Loion:Northern Africa, bordering the Red S, between Egypt and EritrGeographic coordinates:15 00 N, 30 00 r:total: 2,505,810 sq km
land: 2.376 million sq km
water: 129,810 sq kmSize comparison: slightly more than one-quarter the size of the US
Land Boundaries:total: 7,687 km
border countries: Central African Republic 1,165 km, Chad 1,360 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 628 km, Egypt 1,273 km, Eritr 605 km, Ethiopia 1,606 km, Kenya 232 km, Libya 383 km, Uganda 435 kmCoastline:853 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 18 nm
continental shelf: 200 m depth or to the depth of ationClimate:tropical in south; arid desert in north; rainy sson varies by region (April to November)Terrain:erally flat, ftureless plain; mountains in far south, northst and west; desert dominates the northElevation extremes:lowest point: Red S 0 m
highest point: Kinyeti 3,187 mNatural resources:petroleum; small reserves of iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver, gold, hydropowerLand use:arable land: 6.78%
permanent crops: 0.17%
other: 93.05% (2005)Irrigated land:18,630 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:dust storms and periodic persistent droughtsCurrent Environment Issues:inadequate supplies of potable water; wildlife populations thrtened by excessive hunting; soil erosion; desertifiion; periodic droughtInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
PeoplePopulation:40,218,456 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 41.1% (male 8,451,576/female 8,093,609)
15-64 yrs: 56.4% (male 11,407,233/female 11,275,685)
65 yrs and over: 2.5% (male 518,822/female 471,530) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 18.9 yrs
male: 18.7 yrs
female: 19.1 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:2.134% (2008 est.)Birth rate:34.31 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:13.64 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:0.67 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 1.01 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 1.1 male(s)/female
total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 86.98 dths/1,000 live births
male: 87.09 dths/1,000 live births
female: 86.86 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 50.28 yrs
male: 49.38 yrs
female: 51.23 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:4.58 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:2.3% (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:400,000 (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:23,000 (2003 est.)Nationality:noun: Sudanese (singular and plural)
adjective: SudaneseEthnic groups:black 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%, foreigners 2%, other 1%Religions:Sunni Muslim 70% (in north), Christian 5% (mostly in south and Khartoum), indious beliefs 25%Languages:Arabic (official), English (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, diverse dialects of Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic, Sudanic languages note: program of "Arabization" in processLiteracy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 61.1%
male: 71.8%
female: 50.5% (2003 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Republic of the Sudan
conventional short form: Sudan
local long form: Jumhuriyat as-Sudan
local short form: As-Sudan
former: Anglo-Egyptian SudanGovernment type:Government of National Unity (GNU) - the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) formed a power-sharing government under the 2005 Comprehensive Pce Agreement (CPA); the NCP, which came to power by military coup in 1989, is the majority partner; the agreement stipulates national elections in 2009Capital:name: Khartoum
geographic coordinates: 15 36 N, 32 32 E
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:25 states (wilayat, singular - wilayah); A'ali an Nil (Upper Nile), Al Bahr al Ahmar (Red S), Al Buhayrat (Lakes), Al Jazirah (El Gezira), Al Khartum (Khartoum), Al Qadarif (Gedaref), Al Wahdah (Unity), An Nil al Abyad (White Nile), An Nil al Azraq (Blue Nile), Ash Shamaliyah (Northern), Bahr al Jabal (Bahr al Jebel), Gharb al Istiwa'iyah (Western Equatoria), Gharb Bahr al Ghazal (Western Bahr al Ghazal), Gharb Darfur (Western Darfur), Janub Darfur (Southern Darfur), Janub Kurdufan (Southern Kordofan), Junqali (Jonglei), Kassala (Kassala), Nahr an Nil (River Nile), Shamal Bahr al Ghazal (Northern Bahr al Ghazal), Shamal Darfur (Northern Darfur), Shamal Kurdufan (Northern Kordofan), Sharq al Istiwa'iyah (stern Equatoria), Sinnar (Sinnar), Warab (Warab)Independence:1 January 1956 (from Egypt and UK)National holiday:Independence Day, 1 January (1956)Constitution:constitution implemented on 30 June 1998, partially suspended 12 December 1999 by President BASHIR; under the CPA, Interim National Constitution ratified 5 July 2005; Constitution of Southern Sudan signed December 2005Legal system:based on English common law and Islamic law; as of 20 January 1991, the now defunct Revolutionary Command Council imposed Islamic law in the northern states; Islamic law applies to all residents of the northern states regardless of their religion; however, the CPA establishes some protections for non-Muslims in Khartoum; some separate religious courts; accepts compulsory ICJ jurisdiction with reservations; the southern legal system is still developing under the CPA following the civil war; Islamic law will not apply to the southern statesSuffrage:17 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR (since 16 October 1993); First Vice President Salva KIIR (since 4 August 2005), Vice President Ali Osman TAHA (since 20 September 2005); note - the president is both the chief of state and hd of government
hd of government: President Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR (since 16 October 1993); First Vice President Salva KIIR (since 4 August 2005), Vice President Ali Osman TAHA (since 20 September 2005)
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president; note - the National Congress Party or NCP (formerly the National Islamic Front or NIF) dominates al-BASHIR's cabinet
elections: election last held 13-23 December 2000; next to be held no later than July 2009 under terms of the 2005 Comprehensive Pce Agreement
election results: Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR reelected president; percent of vote - Umar Hassan Ahmad al-BASHIR 86.5%, Ja'afar Muhammed NUMAYRI 9.6%, three other candidates received a combined vote of 3.9%; election widely viewed as rigged; all popular opposition parties boycotted elections because of a lack of guarantees for a free and fair election
note: al-BASHIR assumed power as chairman of Sudan's Revolutionary Command Council for National Salvation (RCC) in June 1989 and served concurrently as chief of state, chairman of the RCC, prime minister, and minister of defense until mid-October 1993 when he was appointed president by the RCC; he was elected president by popular vote for the first time in March 1996Legislative branch:bicameral National Legislature consists of a Council of States (50 sts; members indirectly elected by state legislatures to serve six-yr terms) and a National Assembly (450 sts; members presently appointed, but in the future 60% from geographic constituencies, 25% from a women's list, and 15% from party lists; to serve six-yr terms)
elections: last held 13-22 December 2000 (next to be held 2009)
election results: NCP 355, others 5; note - replaced by appointments under the 2005 Comprehensive Pce AgreementJudicial branch:Constitutional Court of nine justices; National Supreme Court; National Courts of Appl; other national courts; National Judicial Service Commission will undertake overall management of the National JudiciaryPolitical parties and lders:National Congress Party or NCP [Umar Hassan al-BASHIR]; Sudan People's Liberation Movement or SPLM [Salva KIIR]; and elements of the National Democratic Alliance or NDA including factions of the Democratic Union Party [Muhammad Uthman al-MIRGHANI] and Umma Party [SADIQ Siddiq al-Mahdi]; Popular Congress Party or PCP [Hassan al-TURABI]Political pressure groups and lders:Umma Party [SADIQ Siddiq al-Mahdi]; Popular Congress Party or PCP [Hassan al-TURABI]; Darfur rebel groups including the Justice and Equality Movement or JEM [Khalil IBRAHIM] and the Sudan Liberation Movement or SLM [various factional lders]International organization participation:ABEDA, ACP, AfDB, AFESD, AMF, AU, CAEU, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IGAD, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, LAS, MIGA, NAM, OIC, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer)Diplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Akec Khoc ACIEW Khoc
chancery: 2210 Massachusetts Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 338-8565
FAX: [1] (202) 667-2406Diplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador (vacant); Charge d'Affaires Alberto M. FERNANDEZ
embassy: Sharia Ali Abdul Latif Street, Khartoum
mailing address: P. O. Box 699, Khartoum; APO AE 09829
telephone: [249] (183) 774701/2/3
FAX: [249] (183) 774137
EconomyUntil the second half of 2008, Sudan's economy boomed on the back of incrses in oil production, high oil prices, and large inflows of foreign direct investment. GDP growth registered more than 10% per yr in 2006 and 2007. From 1997 to date, Sudan has been working with the IMF to implement macroeconomic reforms, including a managed float of the exchange rate. Sudan began exporting crude oil in the last quarter of 1999. Agricultural production remains important, because it employs 80% of the work force and contributes a third of GDP. The Darfur conflict, the aftermath of two decades of civil war in the south, the lack of basic infrastructure in large ars, and a reliance by much of the population on subsistence agriculture ensure much of the population will remain at or below the poverty line for yrs despite rapid rises in average per capita income. In January 2007, the government introduced a new currency, the Sudanese Pound, at an initial exchange rate of $1.00 equals 2 Sudanese Pounds.GDP (purchasing power parity):$88.95 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$62.19 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:5.3% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$2,200 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 32.9%
industry: 31.2%
services: 36% (2008 est.)Labor force:7.415 million (1996 est.)Labor force - by occupation:agriculture: 80%
industry: 7%
services: 13% (1998 est.)Unemployment rate:18.7% (2002 est.)Population below poverty line:40% (2004 est.)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%Inflation rate (consumer prices):16.5% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):18.1% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $11.84 billion
expenditures: $12.95 billion (2008 est.)Public debt:86.1% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:oil, cotton ginning, textiles, cement, edible oils, sugar, soap distilling, shoes, petroleum refining, pharmaceuticals, armaments, automobile/light truck assemblyIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:4.037 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - consumption:3.398 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:466,100 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:79,760 bbl/day (2006 est.)Oil - exports:282,100 bbl/day (2005)Oil - imports:7,558 bbl/day (2005)Oil - proved reserves:5 billion bbl (1 January 2008 est.)Natural gas - production:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:84.95 billion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)Current account balance:-$952 million (2008 est.)Exports:$13.62 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:oil and petroleum products; cotton, sesame, livestock, groundnuts, gum arabic, sugarExports - partners:China 82.1%, Japan 8.4%, UAE 2.5% (2007)Imports:$7.757 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:foodstuffs, manufactured goods, refinery and transport equipment, medicines and chemicals, textiles, whtImports - partners:China 27.9%, Saudi Arabia 7.5%, India 6.3%, Egypt 5.6%, UAE 5.5%, Japan 4.2% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$2.329 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$30.48 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():Sudanese pounds (SDG)Exchange rates:Sudanese pounds (SDG) per US dollar - 2.1 (2008 est.), 2.06 (2007), 2.172 (2006), 2.4361 (2005), 2.5791 (2004) note: in October 2007 Sudan redenominated its currency by transforming 100 units of Sudanese dinar into one unit of Sudanese poundFiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:345,200 (2007)Cellular in use:7.464 million (2007)Telephone system:eral assessment: well-equipped system by regional standards and being upgraded; cellular communiions started in 1996 and have expanded substantially
domestic: consists of microwave radio relay, cable, radiotelephone communiions, tropospheric ster, and a domestic satellite system with 14 rth stations
international: country - 249; linked to international submarine cable Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); satellite rth stations - 1 sat (Atlantic Ocn), 1 Arabsat (2000)Radio broadcast stations:AM 12, FM 1, shortwave 1 (1998)Television broadcast stations:3 (1997)Internet country :.sdInternet hosts:33 (2008)Internet users:1.5 million (2007)
TransportationAirports:101 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 16
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 9
1,524 to 2,437 m: 4
under 914 m: 1 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 85
over 3,047 m: 1
1,524 to 2,437 m: 20
914 to 1,523 m: 37
under 914 m: 27 (2007)Heliports:4 (2007)Pipelines:gas 156 km; oil 4,070 km; refined products 1,613 km (2007)Railways:total: 5,978 km
narrow gauge: 4,578 km 1.067-m gauge; 1,400 km 0.600-m gauge for cotton plantations (2006)Roadways:total: 11,900 km
paved: 4,320 km
unpaved: 7,580 km (2000)Waterways:4,068 km (1,723 km open yr round on White and Blue Nile rivers) (2008)Merchant marine:total: 3
by type: cargo 2, carrier 1 (2008)Ports and terminals:Port Sudan
Military branches:Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF): Land Forces, Navy, Sudanese Air Force (Sikakh al-Jawwiya as-Sudaniya), Popular Defense Forces; Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA): Land Forces (2009)Military service age and obligation:18-30 yrs of age for compulsory military service; 2-yr service obligation (2006)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 9,639,923
females age 16-49: 9,321,106 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 5,586,468
females age 16-49: 5,678,427 (2008 est.)

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