The Arab world’s most populous nation just got more populated as Egypt’s population has reached the 100 million mark.
The country’s the statistics agency disclosed this on Tuesday. Egypt still has a high poverty ration with populations outside the capital living in endemic conditions.
The North African country retains its position as the most populous Arab nation and Africa’s third most populous country behind Ethiopia and Nigeria.
A counter installed atop the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics ticked over into nine digits for the first time, the agency said.
The country experiences the birth of a new child every 17.9 seconds, the statistics body calculated.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told a cabinet meeting last week that “population growth is the single largest challenge facing the state … and affects national security”.