Egypt, officially the Arab Republic of Egypt, is a country in North Africa.
The Sinai Peninsula is part of northeastern Egypt, which also forms a land bridge to Asia.
Covering an area of about 1,001,450 square kilometers (386,660 sq mi), Egypt borders
Libya to the west, Sudan to the south and the Gaza Strip and Israel to the east.
The northern coast borders the Mediterranean Sea; the eastern coast borders the Red Sea.
Egypt is one of the most populous countries in Africa and the Middle East.
The great majority of its estimated 80,300,000 people (2007 US State Department estimate)
live near the banks of the Nile River, in an area of about 40,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi),
where the only arable agricultural land is found.
The large areas of the Sahara Desert are sparsely inhabited.
About half of Egypt's residents live in urban areas, with the majority spread across the
densely-populated centres of greater Cairo, Alexandria and other major cities in the
Egypt is famous for its ancient civilization and some of the world's most famous monuments,
including the Giza pyramid complex and its Great Sphinx.
The southern city of Luxor contains numerous ancient artifacts, such as the Karnak Temple and
the Valley of the Kings.
Egypt is widely regarded as an important political and cultural nation of the Middle East.
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