At a Glance

Location and Size:

 

640,000 square km

 

Climate:

 

Equatorial climate with high humidity and lots of rainfall; rainy season varies from region to region but is generally between April and November.

 

Major Crops:

 

Cassava, Groundnuts, Sweet potato, Sorghum, Sesame, Maize, Rice, Finger Millet, Cowpea, Beans

 

Topography:

 

Southern Sudan is mainly plain interupted so often by hilly areas with thick equatorial vegetation. High areas generally reach altitudes of 2,000m above sea level.

 

Currency:

 

Sudanese Pound (SDG)

 

Language:

 

Official language is Arabic but English is the language of education and government business and is also widely spoken. There are also a number of indigeneous Southern Sudanese languages.

 

Capital:

 

Juba

 

Public Holidays:

 

January 1st - Independence day

January 9th - Peace Agreement Day

May 16th - SPLA Day

July 30th - Martyrs Day

December 25th - Christmas Day

December 26th - Boxing Day

 

Time:

 

GMT +3

 

This article was updated on Aug 14, 2009