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Worldly | How many countries does Africa have? List of countries + population

How many countries does it count Africa† What is the number of inhabitants per country? What is the largest country in Africa? These are all fun questions that we have answers to! On this page you will find answers to the most common questions about Africa, but also a clear table with all countries in Africa + the number of inhabitants per country. are you ready to worldly to become?

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Africa has clear borders

Surrounded by water from all sides, Africa is a continent with clear borders. In the north it is separated from Europe by the Mediterranean. In the northeast, it is separated from Asia through the Suez Canal and the Red Sea. From the east and southeast it is surrounded by the Indian Ocean and from the west by the Atlantic Ocean.

A leopard in Botswana, Africa
A leopard in Botswana, Africa

The trans-continental country in Africa

The transcontinental country (which basically means that the country is not one but two continents is located) in this region Egypt† Egypt also has a small part of its territory in Asia. This can be clearly seen in the image below. Politically, Egypt is a member of the African Union.

Map of Africa with countries

Map of Africa with all countries
Map of Africa with all countries

The largest country in Africa

Algeria is the largest of the African countries. With 2.381.741 km², it covers 7% of the continent's territory. The Democratic Republic of Congo follows closely behind with 2 km².

The smallest country in Africa

The smallest country in Africa is the Seychelles. A world famous luxury beach holiday destination with 115 islands stretching along the east coast of the mainland. The country in its entirety covers only 455 km².

Seychelles, Africa
Seychelles, Africa

The Most Populous Countries In Africa

With no less than 206 million inhabitants, Nigeria is the country with the most inhabitants. Because Nigeria covers a large area, the country is not in the top 3 of most densely populated countries in Africa. You can see which countries these are below:

1. Mauritius

Mauritius is an island country located 1200 kilometers from the African mainland. The country is made up of four islands: Mauritius, Rodrigues, Saint Brandon and Agalega. Mauritius has 1.264.000 inhabitants, of which 1.219.265 on the main island of Mauritius. Since the country only covers an area of ​​1.260 km², this translates to a population density of about 1.000 persons per km², the highest in Africa. The population density is attributed to the small area of ​​the island.

Mauritius, Africa
Mauritius, Africa

2. Rwanda

Rwanda is a small country in the central part of Africa. The country borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Burundi and Tanzania† Rwanda is one of the smallest countries in the world with an area of ​​1.669 km². Rwanda has a population of over 11 million people. That translates to a population density of 720 persons per km², the second highest population density in Africa. The majority of the population lives in the rural regions of the country, with Rwanda having few major cities. The largest city is Kigali with about 1 million inhabitants.

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Rwanda, a densely populated country in Africa
Rwanda, a densely populated country in Africa

3. Burundi

Burundi is also a small African country located in the central part of the continent. The country borders Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. Burundi also borders Lake Tanganyika in the southwestern region. Burundi has a total area of ​​17.200 km² and a population of 11,1 million people. That translates to the third highest population density in Africa of 702 persons per km². The population is predominantly rural with 87% of the population living in rural areas of the country.

Burundi, a densely populated country in Africa
Burundi, a densely populated country in Africa

The most sparsely populated countries in Africa

1 Botswana

Botswana is an African country in the southern part of the continent. The country covers an area of ​​362,576 km² with more than 70% of it in the Kalahari Desert. Botswana is one of the least populous countries in Sub-Saharan Africa with a population of approximately 2,1 million people. Because most of the country is arid, Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world. The population density is only 15,36 persons per km². The country's capital, Gaborone, is home to 10% of the total population.

Botswana, the land of the Bushmen
Botswana, the land of the Bushmen

2. Libya

Libya is an African country in the north of the continent. The country is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea, Algeria, Tunisia, Niger, Egypt, Sudan, and Chad. Libya is one of the largest countries in Africa with an area of ​​1.086.979 km². Since the country has 6,4 million people, this translates to a population density of 14,7 persons per km², the second lowest in Africa. The low population density is attributed to the remoteness of the country, with a large percentage of the country being covered by desert.

An Oasis in Libya
An Oasis in Libya

3. Namibia

Namibia is an African country located on the southwestern edge of the continent. The country covers an area of ​​510.035 km², making it one of the largest countries in southern Africa. However, Namibia has a small population of about 2,1 million people, which translates to a population density of 10,5 persons per km², the lowest in Africa and the second lowest in the world. The low population density is attributed to the arid nature of most of the country.

Zebras in Namibia
Zebras in Namibia

All countries in Africa (list)

UPDATED: 20 July 2021

Below is the list of all countries in Africa, including the number of inhabitants per country according to the latest estimates (July 2021) of https://www.worldometers.info/.

#CountryPopulationRegion
1Algeria44 miljoenNorth-Africa
2Angola33 miljoenCentral Africa
3Benin12 miljoenWest Africa
4Botswana2,5 miljoenSouth Africa
5Burkina Faso21 miljoenWest Africa
6Burundi12 miljoenEast Africa
7CA Republic5 miljoenCentral Africa
8Comoros0,9 miljoenEast Africa
9Congo5,5 miljoenCentral Africa
10Congo-Kinshasa90 miljoenCentral Africa
11Djibouti1 miljoenEast Africa
12Egypt102 miljoenNorth-Africa
13Equatorial Guinea1,5 miljoenCentral Africa
14eritrea3,5 miljoenEast Africa
15eSwatini (Swaziland)1,2 miljoenSouth Africa
16Ethiopia115 miljoenEast Africa
17Gabon2,2 miljoenCentral Africa
18Gambia2,4 miljoenWest Africa
19Ghana31 miljoenWest Africa
20Guinea13 miljoenWest Africa
21Guinea-Bissau2 miljoenWest Africa
22Ivory Coast26,5 miljoenWest Africa
23Cape Verde0,5 miljoenWest Africa
24Cameroon26,5 miljoenCentral Africa
25Kenya54 miljoenEast Africa
26Lesotho2,2 miljoenSouth Africa
27Liberia5 miljoenWest Africa
28Libya7 miljoenNorth-Africa
29Madagascar28 miljoenEast Africa
30Malawi19 miljoenEast Africa
31Mali20 miljoenWest Africa
32Morocco37 miljoenNorth-Africa
33Mauritania4,7 miljoenWest Africa
34Mauritius1,3 miljoenEast Africa
35Mozambique31 miljoenEast Africa
36Namibia2,5 miljoenSouth Africa
37Niger24 miljoenWest Africa
38Nigeria206 miljoenWest Africa
39Rwanda13 miljoenEast Africa
40Sao Tome and Principe0,2 miljoenCentral Africa
41Senegal17 miljoenWest Africa
42Seychelles0,1 miljoenEast Africa
43Sierra Leone8 miljoenWest Africa
44Sudan44 miljoenNorth-Africa
45Somalia16 miljoenEast Africa
46Tanzania60 miljoenEast Africa
47Togo8,2 miljoenWest Africa
48Chad16,5 miljoenCentral Africa
49Tunisia12 miljoenNorth-Africa
50Uganda45 miljoenEast Africa
51Zambia18,5 miljoenEast Africa
52Zimbabwe15 miljoenEast Africa
53South Africa59 miljoenSouth Africa
54Southern Sudan12 miljoenEast Africa

Most Popular Travel Destinations in Africa

Despite the many negative news you often see on television, the security in Africa good enough to travel in most countries. Colorful Morocco is in the first place one of the most popular travel destinations in this part of the world, the second place belongs to South Africa, followed by Egypt and Tunisia.

Do you want to know more about Africa or the world? Then read our page with Information about the world or take a look at our worldly category. See you there!

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