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Republic of the Sudan
جمهورية السودان
Jumhūrīyat as-Sūdān

Flag of Sudan
Motto: النصر لنا
"Victory is ours"
Anthem: نحن جند الله جند الوطن
"Nahnu Jund Allah Jund Al-watan"
Location of  Sudan  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of  Sudan  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

and largest city
Official languages Arabic
Demonym(s) Sudanese
Government Federal presidential republic
• President
Omar al-Bashir (NCP)
• Vice President
Ali Osman Taha (NCP)
Adam Yousef (NCP)
Legislature National Legislature
Council of States
National Assembly
3500 BC
• Sennar dynasty
• Unified with Egypt
• Independence
1 January 1956
• Current constitution
9 January 2005
• Total
1,886,068 km2 (728,215 sq mi) (16th)
• 2008 census
30,894,000 (disputed) (40th)
• Density
16.4/km2 (42.5/sq mi)
GDP (PPP) 2011 estimate
• Total
$123.636 billion (69th)
• Per capita
$2,852 (135th)
GDP (nominal) 2011 estimate
• Total
$94.044 billion (64th)
• Per capita
$2,170 (129th)
HDI (2011) Increase 0.408
low · 169th
Currency Sudanese pound (SDG)
Time zone UTC+3 (East Africa Time)
• Summer (DST)
UTC+3 (Not observed)
Date format dd/mm/yyyy
Driving side right
Calling code 249
ISO 3166 code SD
Internet TLD .sd
A map of Sudan

Sudan is a country in Africa. The official name of Sudan is The Republic of Sudan. Its capital is Khartoum.


Sudan borders by Egypt to the north, the Red Sea to the northeast, Eritrea and Ethiopia to the east, South Sudan to the south, the Central African Republic to the southwest, Chad to the west, and Libya to the northwest.

Sudan used to have the largest area of all the countries in Africa. However, on July 9, 2011, the southern part of the country left and became a new country, South Sudan. Sudan now has an area of 1,861,484 km2, and is the third largest country in Africa by area. The Nile flows through Sudan, providing water to crops. There are many different tribal and ethnic groups of people, though the country is mainly divided between the north, which has more Arabic people, and the south, which has more people of African descent.


People from Sudan are called Sudanese. About 45 million people live in Sudan. About 4 million of these live in Khartoum or in towns that are joined to it.

Arabic is the official language of Sudan, but people also speak Nubian, Nilotic and English. Many other languages are spoken in different parts of the country as well.

Most Sudanese people have Islam as their religion. A small number are Christian. Some people have other religions that are called tribal (local) beliefs.

The currency of Sudan is called the Sudanese Pound (Jinneh).

The leader of Sudan right now is President Omar Hassan al-Bashir.


For several years, the Darfur conflict has been going on in Sudan. Over 400,000 people have died in it.

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