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Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most-populous continent (the first being Asia). At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth’s total surface area and 20.4% of its total land area.

With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world’s human population.The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states (countries), nine territories and two de facto independent states with limited or no recognition.

Area: 30,370,000 km2

Population: 1.2 billion (2016, 2nd)

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African economics

  • Africa’s economic growth rate is around 5.2% per annum
  • 7 out of 10 of the fastest growing countries are African
  • African countries attracting the most FDI are led by Egypt
  • Africa attracts a minimum of $60bn in FDI per annum
  • Africa is on the journey to transform itself into a middle-class continent

AFRICA FACTS

  • Africa is the world’s second-most-populous continent
  • Swahili language is the most spoken language in Africa
  • The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos
  • There are 54 countries on the African continent
  • Sahara desert is almost as big as the whole USA

African people

Africa is the world's second-largest and second-most-populous continent (the first being Asia). At about 30.3 million km2 (11.7 million square miles) including adjacent islands, it covers 6% of Earth's total surface area and 20.4% of its total land area. With 1.2 billion people as of 2016, it accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, both the Suez Canal and the Red Sea along the Sinai Peninsula to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. The continent includes Madagascar and various archipelagos. It contains 54 fully recognised sovereign states.

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Africa is an amazing continent that is distinctly unique among the seven continents. Africa is rich in cultural heritage and diversity, a wealth of natural resources, offers breathtaking tourist attractions, and contains some of the most virgin markets. Explore this incredible continent with some of the most interesting facts about Africa.

1500-2000

Languages spoken

1.216 billion

Africa's Population

54

Number of countries

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Hospitable continent