South Sudanese Culture

Population Statistics

South Sudan



[July 2020 est.]


English [official]

Arabic – includes Juba and Sudanese variants

Regional languages – including Dinka, Nuer, Bari, Zande and Shilluk


Christian [majority]


Statistical data on the religious affiliation of the population of South Sudan are unavailable.


Dinka 35.8%
Nuer 15.6%

Others including Shilluk, Azande, Bari, Kakwa, Kuku, Murle, Mandari, Didinga, Ndogo, Bviri, Lndi, Anuak, Bongo, Lango, Dungotona, Acholi, Baka, Fertit

[2011 est]

Demographics and statistics on the make-up of South Sudan are rough estimates.

Australians with South Sudanese Ancestry

[Census, 2016]

South Sudanese in Australia



[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in South Sudan. However, this census data does not accurately reflect true community affiliations. As the majority of people who identify as South Sudanese were technically born in the Republic of Sudan before the division of the two countries, many list “Sudan” as their birthplace and consequently get categorised as North Sudanese. However, community leaders estimate that there are more than 20,000 South Sudanese people in Australia.

Median Age


[Census, 2016]


Male 53.1%
Female 46.8%

[Census, 2016]


Catholic Christianity 38.9%
Anglican Christianity 32.1%
Christianity [undefined] 5.9%
Presbyterian and Reformed Christianity 5.9%
Other Religion 11.5%
No Religion 2.3%
Not Stated 3.0%

[Census, 2016]


South Sudanese 49.8%
Sudanese 16.7%
African [undefined] 12.8%
Dinka 6.4%
Other Ancestry 14.3%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Dinka 50.7%
Arabic 20.3%
Nuer 7.3%
Bari 4.4%
Other Languages 16.3%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 84.4% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]


Victoria 35.7%
Queensland 18.6%
Western Australia 15.6%
New South Wales 12.7%
Other 7.4%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 70.6%
2007 - 2011 18.0%
2012 - 2016 9.1%

[Census, 2016]

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