Quick Facts

  • Officially the Republic of South Sudan
  • Independence: 2011 (from Sudan)
  • Location: East-Central Africa; south of Sudan, north of Uganda and Kenya, west of Ethiopia
  • Capital: Juba (pop. 321,000)
  • Divided into 10 states
  • Official language: English
  • Population: 12,042,910
  • Climate/terrain: tropical; covered in forests, swamps and grasslands
  • Economy: based on agriculture
  • Major religions: animism, Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 27%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A federal presidential democratic republic
  • Chief of state: President Salva Kiir Mayardit (since 9 July 2011); Vice President Riek MACHAR (since 10 July 2011); note – the president is both chief of state and head of government – elected by popular vote

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 789/1,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 66.39/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 62.57 years
  • Health expenditures: 2.2%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 2.71%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A and E, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, African trypanosomiasis, meningococcal meningitis, rabies, schistosomiasis
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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