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South Sudan

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  2. Peace Accord Reached
  3. Historic Vote for Independence
  4. Oil Pipeline Deal Achieved
  5. Country Falls into Civil War

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National name: Republic of South Sudan

Languages: English (official), Arabic (includes Juba and Sudanese variants), regional languages include Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande, Shilluk

Ethnicity/race: Dinka 35.8%, Nuer 15.6%, Shilluk, Azande, Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, Didinga, Ndogo, Bviri, Lndi, Anuak, Bongo, Lango, Dungotona, Acholi (2011 est.)

Religion: animist, Christian

Literacy rate: 27% (2009 est.).

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $14.71 billion; per capita $1,400. Real growth rate: 24.7%. Inflation: 1.7%. Unemployment: NA. Arable land: NA. Agriculture: hydropower, fertile agricultural land, gold, diamonds, petroleum, hardwoods, limestone, iron ore, copper, chromium ore, zinc, tungsten, mica, silver. Labor force: NA.

Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 2,200 (2012); mobile cellular: 2 million (2012).

Transportation: Railways: 248 km (2014). Highways: total: 7,000 km; paved: na; unpaved: na (2012). Airports: 85 (2013).

International disputes: South Sudan-Sudan boundary represents January 1956 alignment, final alignment pending negotiations and demarcation; final sovereignty status of Abyei Area pending negotiations between South Sudan and Sudan; periodic violent skirmishes with South Sudanese residents over water and grazing rights persist among related pastoral populations along the border with the Central African Republic; the boundary that separates Kenya and South Sudan's sovereignty is unclear in the "Ilemi Triangle," which Kenya has administered since colonial times.

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