Quick Info

  • Full Country Name: Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Capital: Cairo
  • Language: Arabic and Masri (spoken).
  • Currency: Egyptian pound E£ (EGP) = 100 piastres.
  • People: Egyptians, Berbers, Bedouin, Hamitic Arabs and Nubians.
  • Life Expectancy: Male: 68.5, Female: 73.62.
  • Religion: 94% Muslim, 6% Christian.
  • Size (sq km): 1.0 million (30th)
  • Population: 78.9 million (15th)
  • Population Density per sq km: 74 (120th)
  • Country Dialling Code: 20
  • Time Zone: GMT +2, GMT +3 (DST).
  • Voltage Guide: 220 AC, 50 Hz most areas, 110-380 AC in some rural areas.
  • Finance: Credit cards and traveller's cheques widely accepted.
  • Business Hours: 0900-1900 every day except Monday and Thursday (0900 -2000) in winter, 0900-1230, 1600-2000 Saturday-Thursday in summer (shopping hours; business hours n/a).
  • GDP: US$247 billion
  • GDP per Capita: US$3,600
  • Annual Growth: 5%
  • Inflation: 3%
  • Major Industries: Oil & gas, metals, tourism, agriculture (especially cotton) and Suez Canal revenues
  • Major Trading Partners: USA, EU, Middle East.
  • Personal Safety: Same potential terrorist threat as many other Islamic states. Otherwise fairly safe, though women should beware of sexual harassment or worse. Observe Islamic customs carefully.
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