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South Africa

Flag: South Africa
Geography
 
Location:At the southern tip of the continent of Africa
Area:Total: 1,219,912 sq km Land: 1,219,912 sq km note: includes Prince Edward Islands (Marion Island and Prince Edward Island)
Land boundaries:Total: 4,862 km It has borders with Botswana 1,840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 967 km, Swaziland 430 km and Zimbabwe 225 km
Map: South Africa
Climate:Mostly semiarid. Subtropical along east coast
People
 
Population:43,997,828 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 29.1% (male 6,447,623/female 6,370,909) 15-64 years: 65.5% (male 14,040,210/female 14,761,179) 65 years and over: 5.4% (male 917,227/female 1,460,680) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Black African 79%, white 9.6%, colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5% (2001 census)
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% (2001 census)
Languages:IsiZulu 23.8%, IsiXhosa 17.6%, Afrikaans 13.3%, Sepedi 9.4%, English 8.2%, Setswana 8.2%, Sesotho 7.9%, Xitsonga 4.4%, other 7.2% (2001 census)
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Pretoria (administrative capital)
Independence:31 May 1910 (Union of South Africa formed from four British colonies: Cape Colony, Natal, Transvaal, and Orange Free State); 31 May 1961 (republic declared)
Legal system:Based on Roman-Dutch law and English common law
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$587.5 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$13,300 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 2.7% industry: 30.9% services: 66.4% (2006 est.)
Industries:Mining (world's largest producer of platinum, gold, chromium), automobile assembly, metalworking, machinery, textiles, iron and steel, chemicals, fertilizer, foodstuffs, commercial ship repair
Currency (code):Rand (ZAR)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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