Egypt's population increased by 750,000 over past 160 days: CAPMAS

Ahram Online , Monday 13 Dec 2021

Egypt's population increased by 750,000 over the past 160 days to reach 102,750,000 on Monday, according to the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics (CAPMAS).

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File photo: Egyptian citizens walk on a main street in central Cairo. Reuters

The country’s population reached 102 million people on 5 July 2021, and 250,000 more babies were born over the following 50 days, CAPMAS said.

Cairo is the governorate with the highest population with 10.1 million people, followed by Giza with 9.3 million people and Sharqiya governorate with 7.7 million.

In February, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi warned of the risks of overpopulation, saying that "unprecedented population growth is Egypt's biggest challenge."

The president added that the country would need to lower the annual population growth rate to 400,000 before Egyptians can reap the fruits of recent development efforts.

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