The current capital of South Sudan is Juba, which is located along the banks of the White Nile river in the state of Jubek. Additionally, Juba serves as the state capital of Jubek. Prior to its independence, present-day South Sudan signed a peace agreement with present-day Sudan in 2005. At this time, Juba was officially designated as the interim capital of the country. When South Sudan officially gained its independence on July 9, 2011, Juba became the national capital. In September of the same year, however, the government stated its intention of moving the capital to Ramciel in the future.
The population of Juba was estimated at around 492,970 in 2014, making this the most populated city in the country. This number represents significant growth over 2005, when it was estimated at only 163,442. As the South Sudanese headquarters for several international banks, including both the Kenya Commercial Bank and the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia, and an important river trading port, the economy is expected to continue growing in this city. This growth will likely affect the population size, which is expected to increase in the future.
Due to the political instability and violence currently experienced by South Sudan, the country as a whole is not considered a popular tourist destination. This distinction include Juba. In fact, several countries around the world have issued travel advisories warning citizens against travel to South Sudan. Tourists here are able to take a river tour along the White Nile river, which feeds into the more famous Nile river.
Juba is located within a tropical climate that experiences both wet and dry weather. Its temperatures can reach over 100° fahrenheit, which typically occurs between November and March, when this city receives little to no rainfall. The time period from April to October is considered rainy season and a little over 4 inches falls every month during that time. July is by far the wettest month with an average of more than 5.6 inches of rainfall. Juba receives an average annual precipitation of 37.54 inches. This city enjoys approximately 2,692 hours of sunshine every year.
This page was last modified on May 1st, 2018
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