South Africa Size

Country in Africa

Area Size
• Total
1,221,037 km (471,445 sq mi) (24th)
• Water (%)
0.380
Population Size
• 2019 estimate
59,622,350 (23rd)
• 2011 census
51,770,560
• Density
42.4/km (109.8/sq mi) (169th)

More Information About South Africa

Republic of South Africa

10 other official names
Capital
  • Pretoria (executive)
  • Cape Town (legislative)
  • Bloemfontein (judicial)
Official languages11 languages
  • English
  • isiZulu
  • isiXhosa
  • Afrikaans
  • Sepedi
  • Setswana
  • Sesotho
  • Xitsonga
  • siSwati (Swazi)
  • Tshivenda
  • isiNdebele
Languages with special status
  • Khoi languages
  • Nama
  • San languages
  • South African Sign Language
  • German
  • Greek
  • Gujarati
  • Hindi
  • Portuguese
  • Telugu
  • Tamil
  • Urdu
  • Arabic
  • Hebrew
  • Sanskrit
Ethnic groups (2019)
  • 80.7% Black African
  • 8.8% Coloured
  • 7.9% White
  • 2.6% Asian
Religion (2016)
  • 78.0% Christianity
  • —58.3% Protestantism
  • —19.7% Other Christian
  • 10.9% No religion
  • 4.4% Traditional faiths
  • 1.6% Islam
  • 1.0% Hinduism
  • 2.7% Others
  • 1.4% Undetermined
GDP (PPP)2021 estimate
• Total
$748 billion (32nd)
• Per capita
$12,351 (96th)
GDP (nominal)2021 estimate
• Total
$317 billion (35th)
• Per capita
$5,236 (89th)
Gini (2014) 63.0
very high
HDI (2019) 0.709
high · 114th
CurrencySouth African rand (ZAR)
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Date formatShort formats:
  • yyyy/mm/dd
  • yyyy-mm-dd
Driving sideleft
Calling code+27

Main Areas in South Africa

Eastern Cape


Free State


Gauteng


KwaZulu-Natal


Limpopo


Mpumalanga


North West


Northern Cape


Western Cape


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