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South Africa Facts

  • Name: South Africa
    (long form) Republic of South Africa
  • Capital City: Pretoria (pop. 1,985,997)
    Cape Town (pop. 3,497,097); legislative center
    Bloemfontein (pop. 369,568); judicial center
  • South Africa Population: 48,601,098 (2013 est.)
  • World Populations (all countries)
  • Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)
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    Rand
    200 rand
  • Ethnicity: black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%
  • GDP total: $592 billion (2012 est.)
  • GDP per capita: $11,600 (2012 est.)
  • Land Sizes
  • Language: IsiZulu (official) 23.8%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.6%, Afrikaans (official) 13.3%, Sepedi (official) 9.4%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.9%, Xitsonga (official) 4.4%, other 7.2%, isiNdebele (official), Tshivenda (official), siSwati (official)
  • Largest Cities: (by population) Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Soweto, Port Elizabeth, Pietermaritzburg, Benoni, Vereeniging
  • Name: Self-descriptive, from its location
  • National Day: April 27
  • Religion: Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
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