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Khartoum is the capital of Sudan and of Khartoum State. Khartoum has a thriving economy. In recent years Khartoum has seen significant development, driven by Sudan's oil wealth. The centre of the city is well-planned, with tree-lined streets.Sudan is in Northern Africa, bordering the Red Sea, between Egypt and Eritrea. Tropical in south; arid desert in north; rainy season varies by region (April to November). Generally flat, featureless plain; mountains in far south, northeast and west; desert dominates the north.The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken and understood, including in business circles. The main religions are Islam, Christianity.The economy of Sudan has been buffeted by civil war, political instability, adverse weather, weak world commodity prices, a drop in remittances from abroad, and counterproductive economic policies. The private sector's main areas of activity are agriculture and trading, with most private industrial investment predating 1980. Agriculture employs 80% of the work force.The population in Khartoum is 5.3 Mil (2014 est.), while the inflation rate is 45.3% (2014 est.).