6 Facts About South Sudan

1. Economy of South Sudan is one of the world's most underdeveloped with South Sudan having little existing infrastructure and the highest maternal mortality and female illiteracy rates in the world as of 2011.

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2. In 2007 South Sudan adopted English as the official language of communication.

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3. The New York Times reported that "South Sudan is in many ways an American creation, carved out of war-torn Sudan in a referendum largely orchestrated by the United States, its fragile institutions nurtured with billions of dollars in American aid.

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4. Capital of South Sudan is located at Juba, which is the state capital of Central Equatoria and the county seat of the eponymous Juba County, as well as being the country's largest city.

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5. On 27 July 2011 South Sudan became the 54th country to join the African Union.

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6. On 9 July 2011 South Sudan became the 54th independent country in Africa and since 14 July 2011, South Sudan is the 193rd member of the United Nations.

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