Egypt Unrest: Surprising Facts

Tuesday, 01 Feb 2011 10:09 AM

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With thousands of protesters still flooding the streets of Cairo, the unrest in Egypt seems long from abating. Today's protests are the largest of the week, totaling over one million people, demanding that President Hosni Mubarak leave office after 30 years in power.

The backdrop to the increasing unrest is illustrated by various statistical databases showing that Egypt has:
  • A population of 80 million, with 33 percent 14 or younger
  • An unemployment rate of 9.7 percent
  • 20 percent of the population living below the poverty line
  • Experienced a three-fold increase in the number of malnourished children under the age of five since 2000, with the number at 1.5 million in 2008
  • A literacy rate over 71 percent, with males at 83 percent and females at 59.4 percent
  • A labor force of 26 million, with 32 percent working in agriculture, 17 percent in industry, and 51 percent in the service sector.
  • More than 20 million Internet users, ranking the country 21st in the world, and 55 million cell phone users, which is 19th in the world.
  • A religious population that is 90 percent Muslim, 9 percent Coptic, and 1 percent Christian.

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