(Republic of South Sudan)
- Location: Northeast Central Africa
- Capital: Juba
- Language(s): Dinka, Murle, Nuer, Zinde
- Population: 8,365,453
- Total Area: 619,745 sq km
- Currency: South Sudanese Pound
- Curious Alcohol Fact: In some places in South Sudan, you can get beers but at inflated prices.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: 1.56 liters
- Most Popular Drink(s): Local juices and beers
South Sudan has a very interesting story. Apart from being one of the newest nations on earth, it also stands out as a land full of people with tenacious hope and an unflinching level of determination. A landlocked nation in the northeast Central Africa, the country is bordered by Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast and Uganda to the south. To the southwest lies the Democratic Republic of Congo and to the west is the Central African Republic and the Republic of Sudan to the north. One of the most interesting natural features in Africa is in this country and it is a vast swampy area called the Sudd. It is formed by the White Nile and the locals call it the Bahr al Jabal.
South Sudan has a population of 8 to 10 million, and the economy is based mainly on agriculture. For decades, the people have been ravaged by wars and conflicts leading to destruction, neglect and lack of infrastructural development. Millions died and millions are still internally displaced but things are gradually getting better. There are various ethnic groups in the country and these include the Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Azande and the Shilluk. A vast majority of the South Sudanese population follow Christianity and traditional African religions.
Like in other parts of Africa, food is never an issue in South Sudan. Many of the dishes are very similar to the ones in Sudan. The dishes that you will enjoy most are the ones that are a blend of Arabian and Africa flavors. For those who are also into hunted animals, there is enough wild meat for you to savor. Fish is also a delicacy in many parts of the nation. These meals can be boiled, grilled or just smoked. It all depends on how you want it. In the capital city of Juba, there are eateries and restaurants where one can enjoy some really international dishes.
Since South Sudan is not primarily Islamic like Sudan, there is a wide availability of all kinds of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. To the delight of many, fresh fruit juices are also available all over South Sudan and one of the most popular is the one called aradeab and has tamarind flavor.
Sports in South Sudan
There is an array of modern and traditional games and sports widely enjoyed all over the nation. Local games involve wrestling and mock battles. In other places, football and basketball are quite common.
Interesting Things About South Sudan
-South Sudan was formerly called Southern Sudan.
-South Sudan is currently one of the newest nations on earth. It became independent in July 2011.
-A former vice-president is currently leading a rebellion agains the sitting President as he aims to take power for himself.
-The President, Salva Kiir, wears a hat that he received as a gift from former US President George Bush.
-Civil wars are still actively going on in parts of the country.
-Kiswahili is quite popular in the country.
-Luol Deng, a South Sudanese is one of the most famous basketballers in the US.
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