Interesting facts about Egypt


Posted on Mar 11, 2022      119


So popular with tourists, Egypt has a very indirect relation to the ancient kingdoms that once existed on this earth. However, the interesting and rich cultural heritage of this country attracts no less foreigners than clean beaches and expensive hotels. Well, if you want to experience the real Egyptian color - go out for a walk in the street, go to the market, talk to the locals. And with a little luck, the experience will be long-lasting, pleasant, and unforgettable.

Facts about Egypt

  • A decent amount of income to the Egyptian treasury brings Suez Canal, once dug by Europeans, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Sea. Every ship that wants to go through it pays a lot of money for that.
  • Modern Egyptians are ethnic Arabs. Of Ancient Egypt is reminiscent only of the pyramids, the Sphinx, and cultural and historical monuments, which were inherited by the current inhabitants of this country.
  • In the 13th century, the territory of Egypt was invaded by the Mongol Golden Horde, which by this time had already conquered half of the known world.
  • The official language in Egypt is Arabic. The Arabization of this country began about 1400 years ago, and 5-6 centuries later, it was finally completed.
  • The famous Egyptian pyramid of Cheops is the only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World, which has survived to this day.
  • Red Sea, on the coast of which is located and most of the best Egyptian beaches - the warmest on earth. Many divers claim that it is also the most beautiful.
  • In Cairo and its surroundings live about 20% of all Egyptians.
  • Outside of hotels, it is very difficult to find alcohol in Egypt, because Islam prohibits the local population to drink it.
  • About 9-10% of all Egyptians are Christians. Almost everyone else is Muslim.

  • According to various estimates, between 0.5 and 3 million refugees from disadvantaged regions, particularly Palestine, live in Egypt.
  • According to statistics, about a third Egyptians earn less than $2 a day, surviving precariously at the brink of poverty.
  • In the 14th century, a terrible plague killed a fair share of Egypt’s population and dealt a devastating blow to its economy.
  • Egypt repeatedly went to war with Israel, but has won none of the conflicts, despite the support of some other neighboring countries.
  • On the territory of modern Egypt, the ancient city of Herakleion was not discovered until the beginning of the twenty-first century. It had been under water for more than 12 centuries.
  • Among all the Arab countries, Egypt ranks first in terms of population.
  • Purely geographically, it is not only in Africa but also in Asia - the Sinai Peninsula belongs to it.
  • 99% of Egypt’s population lives along the Nile River, about 5-6% of the entire Egyptian territory.
  • Deserts cover about 96% of the land in this arid country.

  • Summer temperatures in Egypt can easily reach up to +50 degrees, but in the winter nights it drops to +10, and in the deserts can be -5.
  • In Egyptian Cairo, there is a street named after Abay, named after the Kazakh poet Abay Kunanbaev.
  • One out of six men in Egypt is illiterate. There are twice as many illiterate women.
  • Soccer is the most popular sport here.
  • About 12% of the Egyptian working-age population works in the tourist sector.
  • The last queen of Egypt was the famous Cleopatra, the last of her name. She was an ethnic Greek, or rather a Macedonian.
  • Nile, flowing through and including Egypt - the world’s second longest river. For a long time, it was thought to be the first, until it turned out that the South American Amazon is a little longer.
  • Most Egyptians wear traditional Arabian clothing. Men are almost always dressed in white and women in black.
  • Egypt has only one permanent river, the aforementioned Nile.

  • In the countryside, Nile crocodiles cause death of careless locals.
  • The steppe eagle is the national symbol of this country. This bird lives mainly in Russia, but it flies to warm countries for the winter, including here.
  • According to the Egyptian law, a house without a complete roof is unfinished and is not to be taxed. Therefore, the local poor often live in houses without a roof, limiting themselves to a small canopy.
  • In Egyptian Cairo, about 40,000 people are employed in garbage collection and recycling. They all live in a special “garbage district” called Manshiyat Nasir.
  • If the temperature in Egypt drops to +10 degrees, local schoolchildren have every right not to go to school because it is already too cold for them.
  • Egyptian laws allow men to have up to 4 wives, but only on the condition that they are all adequately provided for. Therefore, only very rich people can afford to keep even two female companions.
  • Cairo is the largest city not only in Egypt and Africa, but in the whole Arab world.
  • The Egyptians have a saying - a man fears time, and time fears the pyramids.
  • Many Egyptian men can’t get married for many years, as they have to pay a huge kalym (bride price) for a bride to her parents. Some save for 10-15 years for the bride price.
  • If after the wedding a more or less wealthy Egyptian family builds their own house, and always two stories high, but with a plan for the future. The eldest son after his own wedding is supposed to add the third floor, and the second - the fourth. They rarely build over four stories.

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