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South Africa Facts for Kids
- Country Name: South Africa
- Continent: Africa
- Primary Language: Zulu (predominant)
- Population: 51,770,560 (2011 Census)
- Currency: South African rand (ZAR)
- GDP: $368.289 billion (2018, World Bank)
23 South Africa Facts for Kids
- South Africa is a country on the African continent (Africa).
- The official name for South Africa is the Republic of South Africa.
- A native or resident of South Africa is called a South African.
- The predominant language spoken in South Africa is Zulu (22.7%), many South African’s speak more than one language. Other popular languages spoken in South Africa include Xhosa (16%), Afrikaans (13.5%) and English (9.6%).
- The capital cities of South Africa are Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial), Cape Town (legislative).
- The population of South Africa is 51,770,560 according to a 2011 census.
- According to estimates by the United Nations in 2019, South Africa was the 24th most populated country in the world.
- The national currency of South Africa is South African rand (ZAR).
- In 2018, the World Bank estimated the GDP of South Africa was 368.289 billion USD.
- According to the estimates by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), South Africa was 30th on the list of counties with the highest GDP(PPP) in 2019.
- The country of South Africa covers 471,359 square miles.
- South Africa is the 24th largest country by square miles.
- The largest city in South Africa is Johannesburg.
- The highest point in South Africa is the Mafadi mountain at 11,329 feet.
- The longest river in South Africa is the Orange River at 1,400 miles long.
- The largest lake in South Africa is Lake Chrissie at 592,875 square miles.
- The government of South Africa is a parliamentary republic.
- South Africa is divided into nine provinces.
- Drivers in South Africa drive on the left side of the road.
- The country calling code for South Africa is +27.
- The ISO 3166 code for South Africa is ZA.
- The national anthem of South Africa is “National anthem of South Africa”, also known as “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa).
- 79.8% of the people living in South Africa are Christian.
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