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Africa is one of the most populous and the second largest continent in the world. According to UN there are 54 countries in Africa today. Below is a labelled map of Africa, the countries and their capitals
Labelled Map Of Africa
African Countries And Their Capitals
Below is a list of all African countries and their capitals.
Popular African Cities
Africa has many major cities. Below are some of the major African cities.
Abidjan, Alexandria, Annaba, Anusha, Aswan, Asyut, Atbara, Beira, Benghazi, Blantyre, Bobo Dioulasso, Bulawayo, Casablanca, Der es Salaam, Dodoma, Durban, East London, El Obeid, Fes, Gweru, Juba, Kimberley, Korhogo, Kosti, Lagos, Lobito, Lubumbashi, Mahajanga, Marrakech, Merca, Misratah, Mmabatho, Moundou, Ndola, Nimule, Oran, Parakou, Pietersburg, Pointe-Noire, Port Elizabeth, Port Sudan, Safi, Salima, Sarh, Sohag, Sokode, Tanga, Tchibanga, Toamasina, Umtata, Wad Medani and Zanzibar.
Interesting Facts About Africa
Below are some interesting facts about Africa.
- Africa is home to 54 different countries, though there were 10,000 different states split across the continent before colonisation.
- The Western Sahara remains the only area in Africa which is non-governed.
- The Sahara, of course, is the biggest desert in the world.
- It’s thought that Africa contributes 25% of all languages spoken across the world, numbering up to 2,000 or more at last count. It’s one of the most culturally diverse continents.
- It’s thought that around 2.3 billion people will be living in Africa by 2050, should birth rates and figures persist.
- Africa is long thought to be the first place where humans emerged. Fossils suggest that we first started emerging and forming societies here as long ago as seven million years back in time.
- Africa is an extremely young continent. It is thought that more than 50% of the people living across the region are younger than 25 years old.
- Africa remains the most populous continent on Earth, with around 1.1 billion people living up and down the region.
- The continent remains hugely important for mineral resource, as around 30% of minerals are thought to emanate in Africa.
- Cairo is the biggest city in Africa, being the capital of Egypt to the very North, and home to more than nine million people. Egypt also boasts the longest river in the Nile, which is one of the world’s ‘longest three’ at over 4,160 miles.
- Australia is still the driest continent worldwide, but Africa isn’t far behind in second place – the Sahara is, at least in part, to blame for that statistic.
- The equator effectively splits Africa in half, and actually travels through several countries, such as Uganda and Kenya.
- Nigeria is responsible for producing much of the world’s oil, with around 2.2 million barrels of produce coming from the country each and every day. It’s actually the top country in the continent for oil production and export, with Algeria and Angola not too far behind.
- Famine and undernourishment is rife across states in Africa. It’s thought that more than 240 million people across the continent suffer from too low nutrition.
- Africa is home to around 3,000 different groups and ethnicities, which include traditional tribes and communities.
- Around 12% of the world’s population live in Africa, helping to make it the second-most populous continent on the planet.
- The biggest mountain in Africa is found in Tanzania, with Mount Kilimanjaro stretching up to more than 19,300ft in height.
- Africa has a fascinating educational history. It’s home to one of the oldest universities in the world, with Timbuktu having set up at least three of them by the 12th Century. You’ll find Timbuktu out in Mali.
- Nigeria is thought to be home to around 370 different tribes which are officially recognised worldwide.
- Africa is home to the biggest stocks and reserves of precious minerals and metals. Around 90% of the world’s platinum comes out of Africa, with 60% of global gold heading out from here, too.
- A devastating statistic is that the ten poorest countries in the world right now can all be found in Africa.
- Further to this, around 90% of all malaria cases are thought to take place in the continent.
- There are more species of fish, numbering over 500, in Lake Malawi than anywhere else on the planet.
- Africa, amazingly, seems to be as wide as it is long. North to South and East to West, length, and breadth, are approximately the same.
- The smallest country in Africa is the Seychelles, a collection of stunning tropical islands. The smallest mainland country on the continent is The Gambia.
- The most-spoken language in Africa is Arabic, amongst the hundreds of tongues and dialects shared across nation to nation.
- Libya is home to the hottest place in the world on record, specifically out in Al’Aziziyah.
- The total area of Africa reaches around 30 million square km – a staggering amount of land!
- The biggest lake on the continent is Lake Victoria, with a mass of 26,828 square miles.
- Africa helps to provide at least 50% of the world’s diamonds, though across the years, not all of these have been sourced ethically.
- Africa boasts 16 countries which are completely landlocked. Among these are Lesotho and Swaziland.
- Africa has many islands, though Madagascar is one of the most fascinating. It is home to some exclusive wildlife, specifically the ring-tailed lemur. It is also one of the largest islands on the planet, ranking in the top five for size.
- Africa is a very religious continent, though there are clear splits in faith up and down the region. It is predominantly Muslim, though Islam and Christianity contribute to at least 85% of faith on the continent. Millions more people don’t follow a faith at all, or actually choose to follow tribal beliefs and traditional systems.
- Africa actually has the shortest coastline of all continents, despite being the second-largest on Earth. Quite how this works mathematically – we’ll get back to you.
- Egypt remains the most popular tourist hotspot on the continent, as it’s said to welcome a staggering 10 million people each year.
- The Blyde River Canyon is a record-holder as far as canyons worldwide are concerned. It is the world’s third biggest and is thought to be the biggest green canyon of its kind. You’ll find it in South Africa.
Also See: List of African Countries
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