North Sudanese Culture

Population Statistics

Sudan

Population

45,561,556

[July 2020 est.]

Language

Arabic [official] – spoken by majority of the population

English [official] – most widely spoken foreign language

There are at least 100 languages and dialects spoken throughout Sudan in total including Nubian, Ta Bedawie and Fur.

Religion

Sunni Islam 97.0%
Christianity 1.5%
Traditional African Religion 1.5%

[2012 est.]

This is the Sudanese Government's official estimate. However, accurate demographic data on the population's religious affiliations is unavailable.

Ethnicity

Sudanese Arab – approximately 70% of population

Roughly 20 minority groups, including the Fur, Beja, Nuba, Zaghawa, Nubian, Massalit people.

Each of contains mutliple subgroups/tribes, numbering 597 in total.

Accurate statistical data on demographics is unavailable.

Australians with North Sudanese Ancestry

18,012 
[Census, 2016]

North Sudanese in Australia

Population

17,031

[Census, 2016]

The current statistical information on the North Sudanese population in Australia is widely misleading. As South Sudan did not exist as an independent country until 2011, many South Sudanese list “Sudan” as their birthplace in the Australian Census. Consequently, a large number of South Sudanese get categorised as North Sudanese.

Median Age

31

[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 50.5%
Female 49.5%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Catholic Christianity 26.4%
Islam 23.9%
Oriental Orthodox Christianity 14.2%
Anglican Christianity 10.6%
Other Religion 17.5%
No Religion 2.7%

[Census, 2016]

The current statistical information on the North Sudanese population in Australia is widely misleading as it currently includes many South Sudanese individuals. It is generally known that the majority of North Sudanese in Australia are Muslim or Coptic Christians.

Ancestry

Sudanese 43.6%
African [undefined] 8.6%
Egyptian 6.9%
Peoples of Sudan [undefined] 6.0%
Other Ancestry 34.9%

[Census, 2016]

Languages Spoken at Home

Arabic 58.3%
Dinka 16.4%
English 7.4%
Tigrinya 2.8%
Other Languages 12.9%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 93.6% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

The current statistical information on the North Sudanese population in Australia is widely misleading as it currently includes many South Sudanese individuals. It is generally understood that the majority of North Sudanese in Australia speak Arabic, Fur, Massalit, Zaghawa or other local languages at home, not Dink and Nuer.

Diaspora

Victoria 33.3%
New South Wales 29.9%
Queensland 13.9%
Western Australia 12.9%
Other 10%

[Census, 2016]

The current statistical information on the North Sudanese population in Australia is widely misleading.

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 72.8%
2007 - 2011 13.2%
2012 - 2016 10.3%

[Census, 2016]

The current statistical information on the North Sudanese population in Australia is widely misleading.

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