45 Random Facts About Egypt

You may have come across many random facts about Egypt. However, did you know that it is a transcontinental country? It means that it lies in both Africa and Asia. It is a Mediterranean country and is the most tourist-friendly country in Africa and the Middle East. This is because of the great hospitality and its travel-friendly environment.

Do you want to know some more random facts about Egypt? Read on!

Random Facts About Egypt

History

1. Ancient Egyptians worshiped over 1,400 different gods and goddesses.

2. The World’s Oldest Dress was found in Egypt and it is 5,000 years old.

3. Toilets were found in many ancient Egyptian tombs.

4. Christianity was the main religion in Egypt between the fourth and sixth centuries.

5. The lost Egyptian city of Heracleion was found after 1200 years under the sea.

6. The first sailing boats were invented in Egypt.

7. The Ancient Egyptians invented the clock, and were the first civilization to have 365 day calendars that were divided into 12 months.

8. Pharaoh Pepi II (2246-2152 B.C.) had the longest reign in history. He was in power for 94 years. He became Egypt’s king when he was only 6 years old.

9. Ancient Egyptians mummified not only people but animals as well.

10. 2200 years ago, Eratosthenes estimated the Earth’s circumference using math, without ever leaving Egypt. He was remarkably accurate. Christopher Columbus later studied him.

Geography

11. Egypt is the 30th largest country in the world by area.

12. In the border between Egypt and Sudan, there are 795 sq miles (2,060 sq.km) of land unclaimed by neither.

13. Over 90% of Egypt’s land is desert.

14. Approximately 99% of the population lives on about 5.5% of the land.

15. The country only receives 1 inch of rain per year.

16. Rive Nile in Egypt is the longest river in the world.

17. Approximately 95% of Egyptians live along the Nile River. The Nile Valley is one of the least densely populated areas in the world.

18. The Great Pyramid at Giza has vents pointing to the constellation of Orion so the mummy’s spirit could fly straight up to the gods.

Country Facts

19. Egypt has more Facebook users than any other Middle Eastern country. The social network site played a huge part in the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

20. Women in Ancient Egypt actually had many rights. This included being able to buy and sell properties, enter into legal contracts, and serve on juries.

21. The Ancient Egyptians were responsible for the invention of many things that we enjoy today. This includes paper, pens, locks, and toothpaste.

22. Egypt is the most populous country in the Arab world.

23. Egypt is the only Arab country to have a movie industry.

24. The government controls Egyptian television channels.

25. No Egyptian president has left office without being arrested or dying, so far until 2015.

26. The current library at Alexandria has a copy of all the web pages on every website on the Internet since it started in 1996.

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People

27. The largest Arabic population in the world lives in Egypt. Approximately 90% of Egyptians are Muslim.

28. Ancient Egyptians slept on pillows made of stones.

29. The tradition of exchanging wedding rings goes back to ancient Egyptian times.

30. It is common for Egyptians to make an offer once to be polite. If refused and the offer is made again, then the offer is sincere.

31. The literacy rate for Egyptian men is 83% and 59.4% for women.

32. Egypt enjoys the honor of being the 66th country with highest fertility rate in the world.

33. In ancient Egypt, every big city supported one favorite god, similar to people who support football teams today.

34. Wealthy ancient Egyptians slept with neck supports rather than pillows to preserve their hairstyles.

Economy

35. Egypt’s total nominal GDP is $264 billion and its per capita GDP is $3,146.

36. The country’s major exports include oil, food products, cotton, and aluminium.

37. About 12% of the Egyptian workforce are employed in the tourism industry.

38. Approximately 30% of Egypt’s workforce works in agriculture.

39. In the Land of the Pharaohs of Egypt, beer was the national currency.

40. Most Egyptians currently live on about $2 a day.

Other Random Facts About Egypt

41. The Statue of Liberty in New York was intended for Egypt.

42. To stay cool and avoid lice, both men and women in ancient Egypt shaved their heads and often wore wigs. They indicated social status and thus became one of the most important fashion accessories in ancient Egypt.

43. The ancient Egyptians may have been the first people to keep cattle.

44. In Ancient Egypt, killing a cat, even accidentally, incurred the death penalty.

45. Hillary Clinton of USA visited Egypt in 2012 and was pelted with shoes and tomatoes, while the protesters chanted “Monica, Monica”.

Have you heard of any more random facts about Egypt that blows your mind away? Post them in the comment box below and let us know!

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Sai Karthik Reddy Mekala

After completing his M.B.A in 2012, Sai the wizard beyond the blog, From My Aisle Seat was never interested to find a day job at the desk but instead set out to explore the world. 5 years later Sai has become one of the top travel bloggers in India and inspired many Indians to get away from desk jobs and become a digital nomad.

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