Country: Sudan

Population: 39,379,358

Capital: Khartoum

Time Zone: UTC+3

Currency Name: Sudanese pounds (SDG)

Government Type: Government of National Unity (GNU) - the National Congress Party (NCP) and Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) formed a power-sharing government under the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA); the NCP, which came to power by military coup in 1989, is the majority partner; the agreement stipulates national elections for the 2008 - 2009 timeframe.

Languages: Arabic (official), Nubian, Ta Bedawie, diverse dialects of Nilotic, Nilo-Hamitic, Sudanic languages, English

Ethnic Breakdown: black 52%, Arab 39%, Beja 6%, foreigners 2%, other 1%

Religion: Sunni Muslim 70% (in north), Christian 5% (mostly in south and Khartoum), indigenous beliefs 25%

Major Cities: Khartoum

Phone Country Code: 249

Health Concerns: food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever, vectorborne diseases: malaria, dengue fever, African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) are high risks in some locations, water contact disease: schistosomiasis, respiratory disease: meningococcal meningitis ,

Official Tourism Website:

High Travel Season: no peak season

Voltage: 230 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: c, d

Major Holidays:

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Bilad al-Sudan, the original name for the country, means ?Place of the black people? in Arabic.