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Official name Arab Republic of Egypt
Capital Cairo
Area 997,739 square kilometers / 385,229 square miles
Population  66,050,004 (1998 estimate)
Anthem Listen to The Egyptian Anthem
 
Urban areas (Population)

Cairo: 6,789,479 (1996)  Giza 4,779,865 (1996) Alexandria 3,328,196 (1996) Port Said 469,533 (1996) Suez 417,610 (1996) Tanta 380,000 (1992 estimate) El Mansourah 371,000 (1992 estimate) Assyout 321,000 (1992 estimate) Aswan 220,000 (1992 estimate)

Population growth rate 1.86 percent (1998)
Population density 66 persons per square kilometer / 171 persons per square mile
Life expectancy   Total: 62.1 years (1998) Female: 64.1 years (1998) Male: 60.1 years (1998)
Languages  Arabic (official); English and French widely understood by the educated
Government Republic
President: Mohamed Hosni Moubarak
Independence 28 February 1922 (from the United Kingdom)
Constitution 11 September 1971
Voting Rights Universal and compulsory at age 18

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