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South Africa Facts

South Africa's Information

Flag of South Africa
Land Area 1,214,470 km2
Water Area 4,620 km2
Total Area 1,219,090km2 (#24)
Population 54,300,704 (#25)
Population Density 44.71/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Republic
GDP (PPP) $739.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $13,500
Currency Rand (ZAR)
Largest Cities
  • 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)
    (conversion rates)

    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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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

South Africa Trivia

What Kind of Fish Live in South Africa?

Some of the fish species that are native to South Africa include the plain squeaker, the sixgill hagfish, and the hyphen barb.

Native Fish Of South Africa

What is the Largest Ethnic Group in South Africa?

An estimated 80.48% of the population self-identifies as black South African making this the most populous ethnic group in the country.

Ethnic Groups of South Africa

About the Author

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