• Sudan


    As the world’s largest exporter of gum arabic, Sudan produces 75% to 80% of the world’s total output. Agriculture continues to employ 80% of the work force, and the country has introduced a new currency, still called the Sudanese pound, following South Sudan’s secession.

    Name Republic of the Sudan

    Capital Khartoum

    Frequency of elections Every five years

    Name of parliament National Assembly of the Republic of Sudan

    Parliament website www.parliament.gov.sd/en/

    Languages Arabic, English, Nubian, Ta Bedawie, Fur

    Area 1 861 484 km2

    Population 35 482 233 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Foodstuffs, manufactured goods, refinery and transport equipment, medicines and chemicals, textiles, wheat

    Exports Gold, oil and petroleum products, cotton, sesame, livestock, groundnuts, gum arabic, sugar

    Currency Sudanese pound

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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