On 1 January 1956, Sudan gained independence from Egypt and the U.K.

Interesting fact about Sudan:

– The name “Sudan” translates to the “the land of the blacks” in Arabic
– Sudan has 114 native languages and more than 500 accents
– Sudan was once the largest and the most geographically diverse state in Africa. However, after it was split into two countries in 2011, it is the third largest country in Africa (after Algeria and the DRC)
– Although Egypt is synonymous with pyramids, Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt. However, most pyramids found in Sudan are smaller in size compared to those found in Egypt. There are over 200 recorded pyramids in the Sudan
– In Sudan, priests and high-ranking officials would often be buried with a small pyramid atop their grave
– Sudan experiences tropical weather in the south, while the north is filled with desert conditions
– Sudan boasts the first female parliamentarian in Africa and the Middle East (1965), and the first female Minister of Health (1974). Furthermore, Sudan brought the Middle East its first female judge, cinematographer, football referee, army members and police officers
– The river Nile runs from the north to the south of Sudan
– The Red Sea is the lowest point in Sudan.
– Petroleum is Sudan’s major natural resource
– Precious stones and metals represent the largest export items, while industrial machinery is the largest item category imported by Sudan

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