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South Africa


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Key facts on South Africa

Full name:
Republic of South Africa
Population:
49.0 million
Capital:
Pretoria
Area:
1.22million sq km (470,693 sq miles)
Major languages:
11 official languages including IsiZulu (official) 23.8%, IsiXhosa (official) 17.6%, Afrikaans (official) 13.3%, Sepedi (official) 9.4%, English (official) 8.2%, Setswana (official) 8.2%, Sesotho (official) 7.9%, Xitsonga (official) 4.4%, other 7.2%, isiNdebele (official), Tshivenda (official), siSwati (official)
Major religions:
Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
Life expectancy:
50 years (men), 48 years (women)
Literacy:
86.4%
Monetary unit:
1 Rand = 100 cents
Main exports:
Gold, diamonds, platinum, other metals and minerals, machinery and equipment
GDP per capita(PPP):
US $10,700 (2010 est)
Source:
CIA World Factbook