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About Egypt

Capital: Cairo

Geography: Egypt is a country in North Africa, about three times the size of New Mexico. It has vast deserts but is also home to the world's longest river, the Nile, and its delta.

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Population: About 80 million people; 33 percent of its residents are age 14 or younger.

Education: Percentage of the population over age 15 who can read and write is 71 percent. (83 percent of men, 59 percent of women).

Language: Arabic is the official language; many educated people speak English and French.

Key industries: Agriculture, textiles, tourism, chemicals.

Source: CIA Factbook

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