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5+ Sudan Facts: Fun Trivia On the Food, Culture, History & More


Looking for a few intriguing Sudan facts? If you want to learn about the food, culture, history, or other fun facts about Sudan, this article is for you!

Ready to learn a few interesting facts about Sudan?

Whether you’re thinking of visiting Sudan in the near future or just want to understand more about this country in northern Africa, this article is for you.

Khatmiyya Mosque and Khatmiyya Hasan tomb in Kassala Sudan facts
The Khatmiyya Mosque and Khatmiyya Hasan tomb in the city of Kassala, Sudan, with the granite domes of the Taka Mountains in the background. Taken by Wikimedia Commons user Bertramz. [CC BY 3.0].

Here’s our roundup of the most interesting Sudan facts:

1. Sudan is a large country located in Northeast Africa. Sudan has borders with Chad, South Sudan, Ethiopia, the Central African Republic, Eritrea, Libya, and Egypt.

2. Until 2011, Sudan was the largest country in Africa. On July 9th of that year, the southern portion of the country seceded to form the new country of South Sudan, making it now the third-largest country in Africa. At 728,215 mi2 (1,886,068 km2), it is still quite large, actually the 15th largest country in the world.

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3. Sudan has a population of around 42 million inhabitants (2020 estimate). You can call the people of Sudan by its demonym which is Sudanese. Their official language is Sudanese Arabic.

4. Sudan literally means “black,” named for the skin color of its people. The name “Sudan” comes from the Arabic term bilād as-sūdān (بلاد السودان), which basically means “country of Blacks” or “the lands of the Blacks.”

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5. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt. Though Egypt may be synonymous with pyramids, Sudan has way more – somewhere between 200 and 255 versus the 138 in Egypt. However, they are far smaller than the pyramids of its neighbors to its north and built by a completely different civilization, the Kingdom of Kush.

6. Sudan is home to three UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of these three sites, two are cultural, and one is natural:

  • Archaeological Sites of the Island of Meroe (cultural)
  • Gebel Barkal and the Sites of the Napatan Region (cultural)
  • Sanganeb Marine National Park and Dungonab Bay – Mukkawar Island Marine National Park (natural)

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7. The capital of Sudan, and its largest city, is Khartoum. Khartoum is strategically located where two Nile River branches converge, the confluence of the White Nile and the Blue Nile.

Well, that’s all our Sudan facts for now, and we hope you’ve found this post interesting and informative! Do you have any questions, feedback, or other facts about Sudan we should include on our list? Let us know below in the comments, and thanks for reading!

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