Egypt Facts for Kids

 

 

  • Egypt is a country connecting southwest corner of Middle East with the northeast corner of Africa.
  • The two corners are joined by a land bridge.
  • On its northeast corner Egypt neighbors Israel and the Gaza Strip while on the Eastern side, Egypt is bordered by the Gulf of Aqaba.
  • Egypt is surrounded by the Red Sea on the Eastern and Southern sides.
  • Libya borders Egypt to the west.

 

 

  • Egyptian Pound is the currency used in Egypt.
  • Egypt was founded 3150 BC. Egypt was colonized by the British and attained their independence in 1922 but the British still influenced the country in a great way. For instance the Suez Canal still remained under the control of the British.
  • The capital city of Egypt is known as Cairo with the total population living in it estimated to be approximately 19.5 million people. Cairo covers a total area which is approximated to be 58 km square.
  • Egypt covers a total area of 1.01 km square. The population living in Egypt is estimated to be about 95.69¬†million as per 2016. About half of the people living in Egypt live in urban centers whereby they are mostly crowded in Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities.
  • The longest river in Egypt is the River Nile which a total distance of 6,853 km.
  • Egypt is famous for its pyramids which were built long time ago as burying sites for pharaohs who were the leaders of Egypt during the ancient times. More than 130 pyramids have been found in Egypt with the pyramid at Giza, which is known as the Pyramid of Khufu being the biggest pyramid.
  • The highest mountain in Egypt is Mount Catherine which has a height of 2,642 meters above the sea level. Other Mountains found in Egypt are: Jabal Zubayr (2,634 meters), Jabal Abu Rumayl (2,624 meters) and Jabal Umm Shuma (2,578 meters) among others.
  • Arabic is the most spoken language and the official language in Egypt.
  • Other languages spoken in Egypt include: English, French, Macedonian, Armenian and Italian among others.
  • The Major religion followed by the people living in Egypt is Islam, however Christianity was the most common religion during the ancient centuries. During the ancient times the people of Egypt had more than 14,000 gods and goddesses that they used to worship.
  • Currently 90 percent of the residents of Egypt are Muslims while the Christians make up 9 percent of the whole population. Only 1 percent of the Egyptians follow the Coptic religion.
  • Egypt is famous because of the some of the discoveries that were made there during the old times. Such discoveries include: exchanging of rings during weddings, sailing boats, pens, paper, toothpaste, locks, keys, clocks and hieroglyphics which was a writing technique that was first invented in Egypt.
  • Egyptians used stones to make pillows on which they slept during the ancient times. Also the oldest cloth which was made 5,000 years ago is found in Egypt.
  • Formally Egypt was known as¬†Arab Republic of Egypt.
  • Egypt is the leading country in the world in terms of Arabic population.
  • The longest serving king in the history of the earth was found in Egypt whose name was Pharaoh Pepi II who served for 94 years. This king used to smear honey on the naked bodies of the slaves so as to make sure no flies would be attracted to him.
  • The popular and the biggest pyramid in Egypt which is known as pyramid of Khufu was constructed for more than 20 years as a burial site for King Khufu. It was put up using more than two million limestone blocks, whereby the weight of one block is estimated to be equal to the weight of two and a half elephant. The base of the pyramid occupies a total area equivalent to five football pitches.
  • The climatic condition in Egypt is usually warm and dry during the summer. The warm season starts from the month of May of every year all the way up to the month of October. The wet season starts from the month of October all through to the month of May of the following year.
  • About 96 percent of the land of Egypt is a desert. The shoreline of Egypt has a total length of 2,450 kilometers (1,522 miles).
  • The natural resources found in Egypt are petroleum, natural gas, phosphates and iron core. The main crops grown in Egypt are fiber crops, sugar crops, forage crops, food legumes, vegetables and fruits such as grips, figs and dates.