Upper Nile (state)

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This article is about the state in South Sudan. For the region containing it, see Greater Upper Nile.
Upper Nile
Flag of Upper Nile
Location in South Sudan.
Location in South Sudan.
Coordinates: 9°46′N 32°44′E / 9.767°N 32.733°E / 9.767; 32.733Coordinates: 9°46′N 32°44′E / 9.767°N 32.733°E / 9.767; 32.733
Country  South Sudan
Region Greater Upper Nile
Capital Malakal
 • Governor General Chol Thon [1]
 • Total 77,823.42 km2 (30,047.79 sq mi)
Population (2008 census)
 • Total 964,353
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone EAT (UTC+3)

Upper Nile was one of the ten states of South Sudan. The current governor of Upper Nile, and its first governor since the independence of South Sudan, is Simon Kun Puoch. The White Nile flows through the state, giving it its name. The state also shares a similar name with the region of Greater Upper Nile, of which it is part along with the states of Unity and Jonglei. It has an area of 77,823 square kilometres (30,048 sq mi). Malakal is the capital of the state. The town of Kodok, the location of the Fashoda Incident that ended the "Scramble for Africa", is located here. Upper Nile seceded from Sudan as part of the Republic of South Sudan on 9 July 2011.


Upper Nile is subdivided into 13[2] counties:

Newspapers and Television[edit]

Most Upper Nile State citizens have limited access to News and other media information. In cities like Malakal, only few officials can read weekly newspaper bulletins. However, the Juba based 'Citizen' is widely read around the town on a regular basis. Meanwhile, In the eve of Independence day on July 9, 2011, a digital newspaper called The Upper Nile Times was launched in Malakal to cater news stories on the State and Southern Sudan as whole. This online digital newspaper is widely read around the town of Malakal and other state counties with access to internet. The newspaper also is one of the most rated in Upper Nile State, Southern Sudan and around the world. Moreover, at the present time, the only TV station for the people of Upper Nile State is South Sudan Television. Although the Station works for only few hours, its widely popular in State capital. Some foreign TV stations are also broadcast in the area using portable satellite dishes.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Upper Nile State. Gurtong. Retrieved July 18, 2011
  2. ^ Upper Nile. UNHCR, South Sudan. Retrieved July 18, 2011