31 Facts About Chad

1. In 1946, the territory, now known as Chad, became an autonomous republic within the French Community.

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2. Chad is bounded on the north by Libya, on the east by Sudan, on the south by the Central African Republic, and on the west by Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger.

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3. Chad is the fifth largest country in Africa as it relates to the land mass area; Chad is about the size of Spain, Kansas, and France combined.

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4. The Government of Chad announced plans to press charges against negotiating officials, and on August 28, 2006 replaced Nasser, as well as Economic Minister Mahamat Ali Hassan and Farming Minister Moucktar Moussa.

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5. In 1971, the University of Chad was officially opened in N'Djamena.

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6. In 1988, Chad recognized the State of Palestine, which maintains a mission in N'Djamena.

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7. Chad is officially nonaligned but has close relations with France, the former colonial power, and other members of the Western community.

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8. In 1905, administrative responsibility for Chad was placed under a governor general stationed at Brazzaville in what is Congo.

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9. Chad is one of the poorest countries on the African continent.

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10. Chad is a resource-poor, landlocked country, bordered by the Sudan, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, and Libya.

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11. Chad is a landlocked country located in northern Central Africa, south of Libya.

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12. Chad is bordered by the Central African Republic on the south, Sudan on the east, Libya on the north, and Cameroon, Niger, and Nigeria on the west.

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13. Chad is made up of more than 200 different tribes and more than 12 major ethnic groups, with the Saras and the Sudanic Arabs (12 percent) representing the two largest ones.

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14. Chad is gradually trying to overcome a legacy of socialism inherited from France.

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15. In 2001, the IMF announced Chad qualified for debt relief under the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative.

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16. In 2002, consumption of electricity in Chad totaled 94 million kWh.

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17. Chad is active in the Interstate Commission for the Fight Against the Drought in the Sahel.

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18. Chad is part of the Nonaligned Movement and the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons.

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19. In 2005, Chad's armed forces totaled 30,350 active personnel, with 25,000 in the Army, 350 in the Air Force, and the remainder in the Republican Guard.

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20. In 1962, the PNA was dissolved, and Chad became a one-party state.

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21. In 1958, the Legislative Assembly of Chad was controlled by PPT members, who had a majority of 42 of the 65 seats.

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22. In 2003, scheduled airlines in Chad carried about 46,000 passengers on domestic and international flights.

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23. Chad is home to some of the most important African Archaeological sites dating back earlier than 200 BC.

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24. Chad is ranked last in the World Economic Forum's Network Readiness Index—an indicator for determining the development level of a country's information and communication technologies.

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25. Chad is ranked last in the World Economic Forum's Network Readiness Index—an indicator for determining the development level of a country's information and communication technologies.

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26. In 2007 Chad had the seventh highest score on the failed state index.

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27. Chad is listed as a failed state by the Fund for Peace.

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28. Chad is bounded to the north by Libya, to the east by Sudan, to the west by Niger, Nigeria and Cameroon, and to the south by the Central African Republic.

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29. Chad is in north central Africa, lying between latitudes 7° and 24°N, and 13° and 24°E.

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30. Chad is currently one of the leading partners in a West African coalition in the fight against Boko Haram.

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31. In 1960, Chad obtained independence under the leadership of Francois Tombalbaye.

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