How Many Countries Are There In Africa?
Many people get confused about Africa. So many people refer to it as a country, when in fact, it’s a whole continent. Within Africa, there are 54 countries including south Sudan at this time, ranging from Algeria to Nigeria. The amount of countries found in Africa has increased, decreased and generally changed throughout history as most of the territorial divisions within Africa were made by the colonial powers.
Africa is the second-largest continent, and the second most populous continent, after Russia and Asia. There is about 30.2 million sq km within the continent, including the adjacent islands. The continent covers six per cent of the whole of the earth’s surface, and around a fifth of the total land area. Even more impressively, the continent has around one billion people taking up the land.
Indeed, that’d be rather impressive for a single country, but all of these statistics are shared between 54 independent countries. The huge continent makes up for over 14 per cent of the world’s human population. countries includes Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Western Sahara, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The number of countries has often increased and altered as most of the territorial divisions in Africa were made by the colonial powers. Eritrea for example is a relatively new country. Africa is the poorest continent despite its abundant natural wealth and a major reason for this has been its colonial past.