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Egyptians (Arabic: مِصرِيُّون, romanized: Miṣriyyūn, IPA: [mɪsˤrɪjˈjuːn]; Egyptian Arabic: مَصرِيِّين, romanized: Maṣryyīn, IPA: [mɑsˤɾɪjˈjiːn]; Coptic: ⲣⲉⲙⲛ̀ⲭⲏⲙⲓ, romanized: remenkhēmi) are an ethnic group[18] native to the Nile Valley in Egypt. Egyptian identity is closely tied to geography. The population is concentrated in the Nile Valley, a small strip of cultivable land stretching from the First Cataract to the Mediterranean and enclosed by desert both to the east and to the west. This unique geography has been the basis of the development of Egyptian society since antiquity.

Quick facts: Total population, Regions with significant po...
Total population
120 million (2023)[1]
Regions with significant populations
Flag_of_Egypt.svg Egypt
109,000,000 (2023 estimate)[1][2]
Flag_of_Saudi_Arabia.svg Saudi Arabia2,900,000[3]
Flag_of_the_United_States.svg United States1,000,000–1,500,000[4][5]
Flag_of_Libya.svg Libya~1,000,000 (2011)[6]
Flag_of_the_United_Arab_Emirates.svg United Arab Emirates750,000[3]
Flag_of_Jordan.svg Jordan600,000[3]
Flag_of_Kuwait.svg Kuwait500,000[3]
Flag_of_Sudan.svg Sudan500,000[7]
Flag_of_Qatar.svg Qatar230,000[3]
Flag_of_Italy.svg Italy140,322[8]
Flag_of_India.svg India122,042
Flag_of_Pakistan.svg Pakistan111,000
Flag_of_Canada_%28Pantone%29.svg Canada73,250[9]
Flag_of_Israel.svg Israel57,500[10]
Flag_of_Oman.svg Oman56,000[7]
Flag_of_Lebanon.svg Lebanon40,000[7]
Flag_of_South_Africa.svg South Africa40,000[7]
Flag_of_the_United_Kingdom.svg United Kingdom39,000[11]
Flag_of_Australia_%28converted%29.svg Australia36,532[12]
Flag_of_Germany.svg Germany32,505[13]
Flag_of_Greece.svg Greece29,000[14]
Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg Netherlands28,400[15]
Flag_of_France.svg France15,000[16]
Flag_of_Iraq.svg Iraq14,710[17]
Flag_of_Sweden.svg Sweden8,846[17]
Flag_of_Yemen.svg Yemen7,710[17]
Flag_of_Kenya.svg Kenya6,830
Flag_of_New_Zealand.svg New Zealand1,110 (2013)[1]
Majority: Arabic (mainly Egyptian Arabic)
Minority: Coptic, Nubian, Beja
Related ethnic groups
Afroasiatic-speaking peoples

The daily language of the Egyptians is a continuum of the local varieties of Arabic; the most famous dialect is known as Egyptian Arabic or Masri. Additionally, a sizable minority of Egyptians living in Upper Egypt speak Sa'idi Arabic. Egyptians are predominantly adherents of Sunni Islam with a Shia minority and a significant proportion who follow native Sufi orders.[19] A considerable percentage of Egyptians are Coptic Christians who belong to the Coptic Orthodox Church, whose liturgical language, Coptic, is the most recent stage of the ancient Egyptian language and is still used in prayers along with Egyptian Arabic.