Egypt’s Population Reaches 100 Million

A picture taken on December 12, 2017 shows an elevated view of al-Attaba district on the edge of downtown Cairo, Egypt. Egypt is the most populated coutry in the Arab world with some 96 million inhabitants and the numbers are rising by 1.6 million every year. / AFP PHOTO / MOHAMED EL-SHAHED

The population of Egypt has reached 100 million, with a new baby being born roughly every 18 seconds.

Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly said last week that overpopulation was the single biggest challenge facing Egypt.

President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi has described it as being equal to terrorism as a threat.

Recently, the authorities have brought in measures to try to encourage people to have smaller families.

The population has skyrocketed in the past three decades – from 57 million in 1990.

Source: BBC

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