Egyptian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Just over half of the population (52.45%) is between the ages of 0 and 24. This means that Egyptian society is predominantly young and is adjusting to demographic changes. For men between the ages of 18 and 30, there is compulsory military service for 18-36 months followed by a 9-year reserve obligation.
  • Although many Egyptian women wear a hijab, the law does not officially require them to observe this practice. For many women, it is a matter of personal choice and preserving family honour.


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Egypt
  • Population
    94,666,993
    [2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Arabic [official]
    English
    French
  • Religions
    Islam [predominantly Sunni] (90.0%)
    Coptic Orthodox Christianity (9.0%)
    Other Christianity (1.0%)
    [2015 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Egyptian (99.6%)
    Other (0.4%)
    [2006 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    70
    25
    45
    80
    7
    4
  • Australians with Egyptian Ancestry
    50,517 [2016 census]
Egyptians in Australia
  • Population
    39,779
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Egypt.
  • Average Age
    56
  • Gender
    Male (52.0%)
    Female (48.0%)
  • Religion
    Oriental Orthodox Christianity (36.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (21.9%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (14.8%)
    Islam (12.9%)
    Other (14.3%)
  • Ancestry
    Egyptian (47.1%)
    Greek (13.6%)
    Italian (6.6%)
    Maltese (4.4%)
    Other (28.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (56.0%)
    English (20.3%)
    Greek (10.3%)
    Italian (6.8%)
    Other (6.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 88.7% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (50.4%)
    Victoria (34.2%)
    Queensland (5.7%)
    Western Australia (5.1%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (75.9%)
    2001-2006 (10.1%)
    2007-2011 (10.3%)
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