south-sudan

Capital:Juba

Population estimate:12.23 million

Area:619, 745 square kilometers

Borders:Sudan (north), Ethiopia (east), Kenya (south), Uganda (south east)

Independence day:9 July 2011

President:Salva Kiir Mayardiit

Main Communities:Dinka, Nuer

Official language: English

Other common languages:Arabic, Dinka, Nuer

Currency:Sudanese pound

Key issues:Civil wars, governance, insecurity, corruption, natural resource conflicts

Interesting fact:The country depends on its oil reserves for revenue

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