The statistics agency on Tuesday revealed that Egypt’s population has reached 100 million.
A counter installed atop the Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics ticked over into nine digits for the first time, the agency said.
A new baby is born in Egypt roughly every 17.9 seconds, the statistics body calculated.
Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly told a cabinet meeting last week that “population growth is the single largest challenge facing the state … and affects national security”.
Most Egyptians live on the eight per cent of national territory that is the stretch of arable land along with the River Nile basement.
The lifeline, which Egypt shares with Sudan and Ethiopia, critically provides around 97 per cent of Egypt’s water needs.
Birth rates in Egypt have skyrocketed in the past three decades with around 1.5 million babies born every year — but they have recently slowed down as Egypt’s government has encouraged smaller families.
Egyptians numbered around 57 million 30 years ago. But, with its current population of 100 million the North African country retains its position as the most populous Arab nation and Africa’s third most populous country behind Ethiopia and Nigeria.