Embassy of The Republic of South Sudan in Washington DC
Embassy of The Republic of South Sudan in Washington DC

Facts and Numbers

South Sudan is the world’s newest country, born on July 9th, 2011.

A referendum was held in January 2011, resulting in an overwhelming 98% vote in favor of secession


South Sudan shares a 2,100 km border with Sudan; South Sudan also borders Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia, Central African Republic and Congo.

South Sudan is divided into ten states: Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Western Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap, Unity, Lakes, Western Equatoria, Central Equatoria, Eastern Equatoria, Upper Nile, and Jonglei states.

South Sudan Coat of Arms features the African fish eagle (Haliaeetus vocifer), which is common in most areas of South Sudan. It symbolizes vision, strength, resilience and majesty. The eagle is leaning against a traditional shield and crossed spear and spade which symbolize the people’s resolve to protect the sovereignty of their republic and work hard to feed it.

There are about seven national parks and twelve game reserves in South Sudan.

South Sudan is home to the world’s largest swamp, the Sudd, which covers a total area of 30,000 square kilometers.

The White Nile, a tributary of the Nile River, generally considered the longest river in the world, flows through South Sudan.

Although there are over 60 indigenous languages spoken in South Sudan, English is the country’s official language


Barely two years old, South Sudan is joining the modern world by emphasizing the role of digital media in its international politics. It is with this emphasis that the Embassy of the Republic of South Sudan in Washington DC has decided to go digital in hopes of providing basic information and answers to some of the frequently asked questions regarding South Sudan.

South Sudan is ready to make its imprint in the digital world and the launch of this website is a major step towards achieving that goal.

Akec Khoc Aciew

South Sudan National Anthem

In August 2010, South Sudanese were invited to compose a national anthem.

After three rounds of competition, University of Juba students won with their lyrics titled "South Sudan Oyee" (Hurray)