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Where is South Africa?

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Located in the continent of Africa, South Africa covers 1,214,470 square kilometers of land and 4,620 square kilometers of water, making it the 25th largest nation in the world with a total area of 1,219,090 square kilometers.

South Africa became an independent state in 1910, after gaining its sovereignty from The United Kingdom. The population of South Africa is 48,810,427 (2012) and the nation has a density of 40 people per square kilometer.

The currency of South Africa is the Rand (ZAR). As well, the people of South Africa are refered to as South African.

The dialing code for the country is 27 and the top level internet domain for South African sites is .za.

South Africa shares land borders with 6 countries: Namibia, Lesotho, Mozambique, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana.

To learn more, visit our detailed South Africa section.

Quick facts

Population 48,810,427
Density 40.2 / km2 ( 104.1 / mi2 )
Languages Afrikaans, English, South Ndebele, Pedi, Southern Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
Independence Year 1910
Capital Pretoria
Currency Rand
GDP 350,000,000,000 (2014 data)
GDP per Capita 7,171 (2014 data)
Land Area 1,214,470 km2 (468,909 mi2)
Water Area 4,620 km2 (1,784 mi2)
Neighbouring Countries Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland
Minimum Longitude 3.330
Maximum Longitude 38.000
Mininum Latitude -54.470
Maximum Latitude -22.130

What is the capital of South Africa?

map showing the location of South Africa
Location of Pretoria on a map.

Pretoria is the capital city of South Africa. It has a population of 1,619,438, and is located on a latitue of -25.74 and longitude of 28.19.

Pretoria is also the political center of South Africa, which is considered a Republic, and home to its Executive head of state.

Quick Facts About Pretoria, the Capital Of South Africa

City Pretoria
Country South Africa
Population 1,619,438
Longitude 28.18783000
Latitude -25.74486000
Elevation 1332 meters over sea level

Most popular cities in South Africa

Rank City Population
#1Cape Town3,433,441
#2Durban3,120,282
#3Johannesburg2,026,469
#4Soweto1,695,047
#5Pretoria1,619,438
#6Port Elizabeth967,677
#7Pietermaritzburg750,845
#8Benoni605,344
#9Tembisa511,655
#10East London478,676
#11Vereeniging474,681
#12Bloemfontein463,064
#13Boksburg445,168
#14Welkom431,944
#15Newcastle404,838
#16Krugersdorp378,821
#17Diepsloot350,000
#18Botshabelo309,714
#19Brakpan305,692
#20Witbank262,491

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This page was last updated on October 2, 2015.