Present-day Egypt has a very distant relationship with the ancient kingdoms that once existed on this earth. However, the interesting and rich cultural heritage of this country attracts no less foreigners than clean beaches and comfortable hotels. This country is notable for its extraordinary flavor, charm and goodwill of the locals, which is why so many foreigners coming here, subsequently choose Egypt as their second home. This is facilitated by the year-round summer, and, of course, the most beautiful and clean sea. The history of Ancient Egypt is unusually interesting and mysterious, but we decided to collect some facts about modern Egypt, as we know it.
• The Suez Canal, once dug by Europeans, which connects the Mediterranean and Red Seas, contributes a decent share of the income to the Egyptian treasury. Every ship wishing to pass it pays a lot of money for it.
• Modern Egyptians are ethnic Arabs. Only the pyramids, the Sphinx and the cultural and historical monuments inherited by the current inhabitants of this country remind of Ancient Egypt.
• The official language in Egypt is Arabic. Arabization of this country began about 1400 years ago, and after another 5-6 centuries it was finally completed.
• The famous Egyptian pyramid of Cheops is the only one of the ancient Seven Wonders of the World that has survived to this day.
• The Red Sea, on the coast of which most of the best Egyptian beaches are located, is the warmest on earth. Many divers claim that it is also the most beautiful.
• About 20% of all Egyptians live in and around Cairo.
• About 9-10% of all Egyptians are Christians. Almost everyone else is Muslim.
• Egypt has repeatedly fought with Israel, but did not win any of the conflicts, despite the support of some other neighboring countries.
• Located on the territory of modern Egypt, the ancient city of Heracleon was discovered only at the beginning of the XXI century. It has been under water for over 12 centuries.
• Among all Arab countries, Egypt ranks first in terms of population.
• Geographically, it is located not only in Africa, but also in Asia — the Sinai Peninsula belongs to it.
• 99% of the Egyptian population lives along the Nile River, on approximately 5-6% of the entire Egyptian territory.
• Deserts cover about 96% of all land in this arid country.
• In summer, the temperature in Egypt can easily rise to almost +50 degrees, but in winter at night it drops to +10, and in the deserts it can be -5.
• Football is the most popular sport here.
• About 12% of the total working-age Egyptian population works in the tourism sector.
• The last queen of Egypt was the famous Cleopatra, the last of her name. Moreover, she, by the way, was an ethnic Greek, more precisely, a Macedonian.
• The Nile flowing, including through Egypt, is the second longest river in the world. The first place is occupied by the South American Amazon.
• Most Egyptians wear traditional Arabic clothing. Men are almost always dressed in white and women in black.
• There is only one permanent river in Egypt — the aforementioned Nile.
• The national symbol of this country is the steppe eagle. In general, this bird lives mainly in Russia, but for the winter it flies to warmer regions, including here.
• In Egyptian Cairo, about 40 thousand people are involved in the collection and processing of garbage. All of them live in a special «area of scavengers» called Manshiyat-Nasir.
• If the temperature in Egypt drops to +10 degrees, local students have every right not to go to school, because it is already too cold for them.
• Egyptian laws allow men to have up to 4 wives, but only on condition that all of them are adequately provided for. Therefore, in practice, only very rich people can afford to support even two companions in life.
• Cairo is the largest city not only in Egypt and Africa, but throughout the Arab world.
• The Egyptians have a saying — a person is afraid of time, and time is afraid of the pyramids.
• Many Egyptian men cannot marry for many years, as the bride is supposed to pay her parents a large ransom. Some people save money for it for 10-15 years.
• If, after the wedding, a more or less wealthy Egyptian family builds their own house, and always 2 stories high, but with a reserve for the future. The eldest son, after his own wedding, is supposed to build on the third floor, and the second — the fourth.
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