South Sudan Profile
Following the Comprehensive Peace
Agreement of 2005 the Governorate of
Southern Sudan was established with
an interim constitution until the
outcome of the Sudan referendum in
2011. That referendum led to the
emergence of South Sudan as an independent nation on 9th July 2011
and, three years later, collapse into a bloody internal civil war
that has seen tens of thousands dead and millions displaced and at
risk. Such is the volatility of
the situation our South Sudan profile pages reflect just the
overall picture within the country and we urge you to read our
South Sudan news page to get the latest information on the
developing situation there.
Some South Sudan facts:
Despite being approximately the
same size as France, southern Sudan
has just 56km of paved roads.
Just two out of every hundred
children will complete primary
school in a country that has the
lowest levels of school enrolment
in the world save for Afghanistan.
- Southern or South Sudan is the
world's newest and 193rd country
and Africa's 54th.
Over 200 different ethnic groups
live in Southern Sudan.
99% of southern Sudan's population
voted in favour of independence in
the 2011 poll.
Southern Sudan shares its border
with six other countries.
The country's currency is
the South Sudanese Pound.
85% of southern Sudan's population
The country is home to 11.19 million (2020).
Just 15% have access to sanitation.
Southern Sudan consists of ten
states: Central Equatoria, Eastern
Equatoria and Western Equatoria
(all collectively formerly known as
Equatoria); Northern Bahr el Ghazal,
Western Bahr el Ghazal, Lakes and
Warrap (all collectively formerly
known as Bahr el Ghazal Province)
and Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile
(all collectively formerly known as
South Sudan faces many challenges,
not least an uneasy relationship with
the north over oil revenues and a yet
to be established border around the
Abyei oil rich region. 85% of the
population are reliant on subsistence
farming however just 4% of the land
in South Sudan is arable and few can
expect to live beyond 57.85 years (2019). 90% of
its population living on less that
60p a day. Additionally, many
qualified staff have left South Sudan
to teach and work in the north
leaving an skills deficit with few to
teach the next generation and provide
them with the necessary knowledge and
experience to take the country
forward. Find out more about South Sudan in a series of profile articles and videos below together with news about South Sudan.
South Sudan Profile: Volunteer in South Sudan
Check out all the latest fee paying and free African volunteer work placements and charity work job opportunities abroad with local projects and volunteering organisations in South Sudan.
South Sudan Profile: South Sudan Independence
Facts, figures and a video exploring the independence of South Sudan in 2011 following the South Sudan independence referendum.
South Sudan Profile: Life in South Sudan
Facts, figures and a video about life today in South Sudan, one of the world's poorest countries
South Sudan Profile: Juba Profile
A complete profile of Juba, capital city of South Sudan including Juba information, facts, pictures and tourist attractions of Juba
South Sudan Profile: South Sudan Quiz
Take our online South Sudan trivia quiz and see how much you know about South Sudan together with some interesting facts.
South Sudan Profile: Sponsor Children in South Sudan
Details of how to sponsor children in South Sudan with South Sudan child sponsor organisations, charities, programs and projects.
South Sudan Profile: South Sudan Map
Use this Google Earth satellite map of South Sudan to explore and take a virtual tour of South Sudan in Africa and zoom in on places of interest.
South Sudan Profile: South Sudan News
Read all the latest and breaking news from South Sudan here at our South Sudan profile portal. Updated daily.