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OVERVIEW OF EGYPT INTRODUCTION Nominally independent from the UK in 1922 Egypt acquired full sovereignty following WW II The completion of the Aswan High Dam in 1971 and the resultant Lake Nasser have altered the time-honored place of the Nile River in the agriculture and ecology of Egypt A rapidly growingly population the largest in the Arab world will continue to stress Egyptian society and overtax resources as the country enters the new millennium GOEGRAPHY Location Northern Africa bordering the Mediterranean Sea between Libya and the Gaza Strip Area comparative Slightly more than three times the size of New Mexico Capital Cairo Government type Republic PEOPLE Population 68359079 July 2000 est Language Arabic official English and French widely understood by educated classes Major religions Muslim mostly Sunni 94 official estimate Coptic Christian and other 6 official estimate Ethnic groups Eastern Hamitic stock Egyptians Bedouins and Berbers 99 Greek Nubian Armenian other European 1 Growth rate 186 ECONOMY Labor force 174 million 1996 Unemployment rate 94 1997 Inflation rate 49 1997 Gross domestic product total value of goods and services produced annually 2671 billion 1997 est Budget 198 billion Debt 305 billion 1996 Exports 51 billion primarily crude oil and petroleum products cotton yarn raw cotton textiles metal products chemicals Imports 155 billion primarily machinery and equipment foods fertilizers wood products durable consumer goods capital goods Highways 64000 km 1996 HISTORY OF EGYPT Egypt is probably the worlds oldest civilizations having emerged from the Nile Valley around 3100 years ago historically Before ruled by the Egyptian Pharaohs Egypt had five time eras The Lower Paleolithic era lasting from approximately 2 Million - 100000 BC The Middle Paleolithic era from 100000 - 30000 BC The Upper Paleolithic era from 30000 - 10000 BC The Epipaleolithic era from 10000 - 5500 BC The Predynastic Period from
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