Egypt

Country Summary

2022 population pyramid

Introduction

Background

The richness of the annual Nile River flood, coupled with semi-isolation provided by deserts to the east and west, allowed for the development of one of the world's great civilizations. A unified kingdom arose circa 3200 B.C. Egypt has been ruled by many nations, becoming independent in 1952.

Geography

Area

total: 1,001,450 sq km

land: 995,450 sq km

water: 6,000 sq km

Climate

desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters

Natural resources

petroleum, natural gas, iron ore, phosphates, manganese, limestone, gypsum, talc, asbestos, lead, rare earth elements, zinc

People and Society

Population

107,770,524 (2022 est.)

Ethnic groups

Egyptian 99.7%, other 0.3% (2006 est.)

Languages

Arabic (official), English, and French widely understood by educated classes

Religions

Muslim (predominantly Sunni) 90%, Christian (majority Coptic Orthodox, other Christians include Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Maronite, Orthodox, and Anglican) 10%

Population growth rate

1.68% (2022 est.)

Government

Government type

presidential republic

Capital

name: Cairo

Executive branch

chief of state: President Abdelfattah ELSISI (since 8 June 2014)

head of government: Prime Minister Mostafa MADBOULY (since 7 June 2018)

Legislative branch

description: bicameral Parliament consists of:
Senate (Majlis Al-Shiyoukh) (300 seats; 100 members elected in single seat constituencies, 100 elected by closed party-list system, and 100 appointed by the president; note - the upper house, previously the Shura Council, was eliminated in the 2014 constitution, reestablished as the Senate, following passage in a 2019 constitutional referendum and approved by the House of Representatives in June 2020
House of Representatives (Majlis Al-Nowaab) (596 seats; 448 members directly elected by individual candidacy system, 120 members - with quotas for women, youth, Christians and workers - elected in party-list constituencies by simple majority popular vote, and 28 members appointed by the president; members of both houses serve 5-year terms

Economy

Economic overview

Africa’s second largest economy; 2030 Vision to diversify markets; improving fiscal, external, and current accounts; resilient to COVID-19 disruptions; underperforming private sector; poor labor force participation; stimulus expanded credit access

Real GDP (purchasing power parity)

$1,223,040,000,000 (2020 est.)

Real GDP per capita

$12,000 (2020 est.)

Agricultural products

sugar cane, sugar beet, wheat, maize, tomatoes, rice, potatoes, oranges, onions, milk

Industries

textiles, food processing, tourism, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, hydrocarbons, construction, cement, metals, light manufactures

Exports

$40.1 billion (2020 est.)

Exports - partners

United States 9%, United Arab Emirates 6%, Italy 6%, Turkey 6%, Saudi Arabia 6%, India 5% (2019)

Exports - commodities

crude petroleum, refined petroleum, gold, natural gas, fertilizers (2019)

Imports

$72.48 billion (2020 est.)

Imports - partners

China 15%, Russia 7%, United States 6%, Saudi Arabia 6%, Germany 5%, Turkey 5% (2019)

Imports - commodities

refined petroleum, wheat, crude petroleum, cars, packaged medicines (2019)


Page last updated: Wednesday, Jun 15, 2022