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Arab Republic of Egypt

Location: Northern Africa, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Libya and the Gaza Strip

Area: 1,001,450 sq km

Climate: desert; hot, dry summers with moderate winters

Terrain: vast desert plateau interrupted by Nile valley and delta

Population: 67,273,906 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim (mostly Sunni) 94% (official estimate), Coptic Christian and other 6% (official estimate)

Languages: Arabic (official), English and French widely understood by educated classes

Capital: Cairo

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