100 million inhabitants in Egypt

Cairo, Egypt, seen by night from space
Cairo, capital of Egypt, seen by night from space. Photo : International Space Station

Egypt has just joined the very limited club of countries with more than 100 million inhabitants. 13th most populous country in the world, it joins the Philippines and is just ahead of Ethiopia, Vietnam and the Democratic Republic of Congo. These three countries should not be long in crossing this symbolic mark.

Egypt continues to see its population increase sharply each year. The limited space on which this population concentrates creates many problems of regional planning and supplies, in particular with drinking water. Despite its recent modernization, the country seems to be delaying its demographic transition.

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