Egypt is the only country that has a contiguous territory on both the African and Asian continent, with the Suez Canal as the continental
It is the Middle East`s most populous country, its nearly 100 million live mostly close to the fertile banks
of the Nile and the Nile Delta.
Early nation states appeared along the Nile around 5000 BC, first hieroglyphs are from 3200
A few centuries later Narmer unified the country and became the first Pharaoh, followed by 170 more before in 30 BC an asp ended
the life of Cleopatra and the Romans annexed Egypt. The use and knowledge of hieroglyghs faded away untill the discovery of the Rosetta
Stone in 1799.
Romans, Byzantines, Arab Muslims, Ottomans and Brits ruled over Egypt untill independence was gained in 1953. After
two lost wars with Israel, peace was made in 1978 at Camp David.
The Arab Spring also touched Egypt but was short-lived and the military
soon regained control.
Today Egypt is struggling to create work for its fast growing population, 75% is below 25 years old.
pyramids and excellent diving sites in the Red Sea, tourists shy away from Egypt, afraid of more terrorist attacks.