country code: EG
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 27 00 N, 30 00 E
Egyptian Pound: EGP
1EGP = 0.174 USD
1EGP = 0.138 EUR
Travel advices and warnings Egypt
||Tourism is one of the most important sectors in Egypt's economy. More than 12. 8 million tourists visited Egypt in 2008, providing revenues of nearly $11 billion. The sector employs about 12 percent of Egypt's workforce.
||The culture of Egypt has six thousand years of recorded history. Ancient Egypt was among the earliest civilizations. For millennia, Egypt maintained a strikingly complex and stable culture that influenced later cultures of Europe, the Middle East and Africa. After the Pharaonic era, Egypt itself came under the influence of Hellenism, for a time Christianity, and later, Islamic culture. Today, many aspects of Egypt's ancient culture exist in interaction with newer elements, including the influence of modern Western culture
||Egyptian cuisine consists of the local culinary traditions of Egypt. Egyptian cuisine makes heavy use of legumes and vegetables, as Egypt's rich Nile Valley and Delta produce large quantities of high-quality crops.
||The Egyptian summer is hot and dry in most of the country, and humid in the Delta and along the Mediterranean Coast. In recent years the humidity has spread to Cairo, and the city swelters in August! Winter is mild with some rain, but usually it is bright, sunny days with cold nights.
||Egyptian is the oldest known indigenous language of Egypt and a branch of the Afroasiatic language family. Written records of the Egyptian language have been dated from about 3400 BC, making it one of the oldest recorded languages known. Egyptian was spoken until the late 17th century AD in the form of Coptic. The national language of modern-day Egypt is Egyptian Arabic, which gradually replaced Coptic as the language of daily life in the centuries after the Muslim conquest of Egypt. Coptic is still used as the liturgical language of the Coptic Church. It has a handful of fluent speakers today.
||The Egyptian Pound (Arabic: الجنيه المصرى al-Gunayh al-Miṣrī ; Egyptian Arabic el-Genēh el-Maṣri IPA: [elɡeˈneːh elˈmɑsˤɾi]) (sign: E£ or ج. م; code: EGP) is the currency of Egypt. It is divided into 100 Qirsh (قروش [ʔoˈɾuːʃ, ʔeˈɾuːʃ], singular قرش [ʔeɾʃ]; Turkish: Kuruş; English: piastre), or 1000 Milliemes (Arabic: ملليم [mælˈliːm]; French: Millième).
The ISO 4217 code is EGP. Locally, the abbreviation LE or L. E. , which stands for livre égyptienne (French for Egyptian pound) is frequently used. E£ and £E are rarely used. The name Gineih is derived from the Guinea coin, which had almost the same value of 100 Qirsh at the end of the 19th century.
From wikipedia about Egypt
Egypt (; Arabic: مصر,, ; Coptic: ; Sahidic Coptic:), officially the Arab Republic of Egypt
, is a country mainly in North Africa, with the Sinai Peninsula forming a land bridge in Southwest Asia. Egypt
is thus a transcontinental country, and a major power in Africa, the Mediterranean Basin, the Middle East and the Muslim world. Covering an area of about, Egypt
is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Gaza Strip and Israel
to the northeast, the Red Sea to the east, Sudan
to the south and Libya
to the west.
Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East. The great majority of its estimated 80 million people live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about, where the only arable land is found. The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited. About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with most spread across the densely populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the Nile Delta.
Monuments in Egypt
such as the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx were constructed by its ancient civilization. Its ancient ruins, such as those of Memphis, Thebes, and Karnak and the Valley of the Kings outside Luxor, are a significant focus of archaeological study. The tourism industry and the Red Sea Riviera employ about 12% of Egypt's workforce.
The economy of Egypt
is one of the most diversified in the Middle East, with sectors such as tourism, agriculture, industry and service at almost equal production levels.
In early 2011, Egypt
underwent a revolution, which resulted in the ousting of President Hosni Mubarak after nearly 30 years in power.