Situated in the northeast corner of Africa, Egypt occupies a strategic position linking the continents of Africa and Asia. Egypt borders Libya on the West, Sudan on the South, Israel and the Red Sea on the East, and the Mediterranean Sea on the North.
Population: 94.6 million
Ethnic Groups: Egyptian (99.6%), Other (0.4%)
Languages: Arabic (Official), English, and French
Religions: Muslim (Primarily Sunni; minorities of Shia and Sufi) (90%), Coptic Christian (9%), Other Christian denominations (1%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 21, 2017
In Canada: 99,140
In the GTA: 36,340
In Toronto: 10,490
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The Coptic Orthodox Church is the largest Christian body in Egypt as well as in the entire Middle East area. Coptic Christianity in Egypt was very prevalent in the early days of Christianity. However, the split of the universal church (AD 451) caused persecution from other Christians and consequently weakened the Coptic Christian community in Egypt. In addition, Arab Muslims invaded Egypt in AD 649, spreading the Islamic religion across Egypt. By the end of 12th century, Egypt had become a predominantly Muslim country. However, since the middle of the 20th century, the Coptic Christian Church in Egypt has had a remarkable revival. The Coptic Church in Egypt now has more than 9 million followers.