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Egypt's Population Officially Surpasses 100 Million People

A recently completed four-year study has found that Egypt’s population has now reached the figure of 104.2 million.

At an official ceremony on Saturday, the head of the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS) Abu Bakr El Gendy revealed that Egypt's population has reached 104.2 million, Al Ahram reports.

El Gendy further revealed at the ceremony, which was attended by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah El Sisi and top government officials, that the number of Egyptians abroad is nearing 10 million citizens while 95 million reside within the country.

The population study took four years to complete and revealed a number of insights into Egypt’s demographic make-up; around 18 percent of the population lie within the 15 to 24 years-of-age group, while almost 26 percent of the total population, at 18.4 million, are illiterate, the majority of whom are women at 10.6 million illiterate females.

El Gendy also stated that the married population stood at 68 percent. According to the CIA World Factbook, Egypt’s estimated population growth for 2017 is 2.5 percent. The estimated fertility rate stands at 3.47 children born per woman, with the average age of women during their first childbirth being 22.7 years of age.

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