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South Sudan wins independence – 2011

South Sudan wins independence – 2011

South Sudan is larger than Ukraine or Spain in terms of size, and has a population of about 8 million.

On July 9, 2011, the independence of the state of South Sudan was achieved. It was created by secession from Sudan, once the largest state in Africa and the entire Arab world. Namely, before South Sudan seceded, the state of Sudan had an area of ​​as much as 2,505,813 square kilometers, which means that it was larger than Mexico or Saudi Arabia, and almost equal to Argentina. Indeed, the whole of Sudan once had more than 36,000,000 inhabitants.

South Sudan today has an area of ​​619,745 square kilometers, which means that it did not get even a quarter of the former total area of ​​Sudan. The northern part of the country with its capital Khartoum continued to be called simply Sudan, and is about three times larger than South Sudan.

South Sudan still surpasses Ukraine or Spain in the size of its territory. It has a population of about 8 million. The capital of South Sudan is called Juba, but there is a plan to move the state center to a location closer to the central part of South Sudan in the future.

General Salva Kiir Mayardit became the first president in the history of South Sudan. Interestingly, he is a Roman Catholic by faith. Ethnically it belongs to the Dink people, black in color. The official currency of South Sudan is the South Sudanese Pound (SSP), which is divided into one hundred piastres.

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