The lower growth rate was also reflected in the figure for those under 15 years of age, which was 35 percent of the overall population in 1996 as against 38.8 percent in 1986.
Egypt's population is predicted to double between 19.
Infant mortality was 29 per 1,000 live births in 1996.
The urban minorities were much larger before the middle of the twentieth century. Egypt has an area of 385,229 square miles (1,001,000 square kilometers).
The country is separated from its neighbors by either ocean or sparsely populated desert.
Egypt is the internationally used name but not the name used by the people of the country.
It derives from the Greek Aegyptos, which in turn probably comes from ancient Egyptian words referring to the land ( Hut-ka-ptah, or "house of the essence [ka] of Ptah," a local god).This culminated in the construction of the Aswān High Dam, completed in 1971 but which first held back the floodwaters in 1964.