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Where is South Sudan? The Republic of South Sudan is a landlocked country in North or Eastern Africa. It shares its borders with Ethiopia to the east, Kenya to the southeast, Uganda to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southwest, the Central African Republic to the west, and Sudan to the north.
What is the capital of South Sudan?
Juba is the capital of South Sudan. It is located on the White Nile and is the seat and metropolis of Juba County. It is also the capital of Central Equatoria. If was founded in the 19th century and a trading post was established in Gondokoro, a place near Juba. Today, the city is a river port.

How big is South Sudan?
South Sudan is the 45th largest country in the world. It covers an area of 239,285 square miles and has an estimated population of 8,260,490.

What is the currency of South Sudan?
The official currency of the Republic of South Sudan is South Sudanese Pound. Its ISO 4217 code is SSP. Introduced on 18 July, 2011, it is divided into 100 piastres. It is regulated by Bank of South Sudan.

Which is the largest city of South Sudan?
The capital of South Sudan, Juba, is the largest city of the country. It has an estimated population of 372,410 and is located at an elevation of 550 meters.

What is the official language of South Sudan?
There are more than 60 indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan. These belong to either Nilo-Saharan language family, or the Ubangi languages of the Niger-Congo language family. English is the official language of the country.

What is the religion of South Sudan?
There are three major religions in South Sudan, including Islam, indigenous religions, and Christianity. The nation, as stated by President Kiir, aims at respecting freedom of religion.

What is the literacy rate of South Sudan?
In 2011, the average adult literacy rate of South Sudan was 73%.

Who is the political leader of South Sudan?
According to the constitution of South Sudan, the President is the Head of the State, Head of Government, and Commander-in-Chief. The constitution of the country came into force on the Independence Day of the country. Salva Kiir Mayardit is the current and the first President of the Republic of South Sudan. He was sworn in as the president on July 9, 2011. Riek Machar is the current and first vice-president of the country. He assumed office on July 9, 2011.

When is the National Day of South Sudan celebrated?
July 9 is celebrated as the National Day of South Sudan. In 2011, a referendum was held to determine the separation of South Sudan from Sudan. Approximately 99% of the population voted for independence and it led to a formal independence on July 9, 2011.

What is the economy of South Sudan like?
South Sudan's economy is the world's weakest and the most underdeveloped economy. Its estimated GDP nominal in 2011 was $13,227. Its GDP per capita income was $1,546. More than half of the population lives below poverty line. Petroleum production is the main industry in the country. It exports crude oil, which accounts for more than 95% of the country's budget.

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