Population of South Sudan

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  • Population of South Sudan is estimated to be at 7,500,000–9,700,000 in 2006 as per UNFPA
  • About 90% of the population lives in rural areas.
  • Southern Sudan claim, 2009: 11,000,000–13,000,000
  • 2008 census (disputed): 8,260,490

In the news

July 22, 2011: President Kiir said in Juba that the next cabinet expansion will be based on qualification of the candidates and not based on tribal representation. The current care taker government had 32 ministers of which 12 are from the Dinka ethnic group, 6 from Nuer community and the remaining 14 positions from the rest of the communities of the region. Kirr said that tribal representation will be effective at state level and not at national level.
  • July 12, 2011: About a 1000 people are getting added to the capital city Juba which would lead to a problem of population explosion. Giovanni Bosco, head of the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in South Sudan confirms this.
  • July 12, 2011: Many people of Khartoum are reported to be leaving to South Sudan because they are uncertain about their future in the region. Around 300,000 southerners have already left while a million more South Sudanese are in the north.

Girls and Women

Government statistics show that 48% between the age group of 15 and 19 are married. Some girls get married even at the age of 12. Most of the forced marriages are because the family members anxious to receive dowry payments, or because they were suspected of pre-marital sex.


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