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South Africa

Flag of South Africa
Coat of arms of South Africa
Flag Coat of arms
Motto: "!ke e: ǀxarra ǁke" (ǀXam)
"Unity in Diversity"
Location of  South Africa  (dark blue)– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)– in the African Union  (light blue)
Location of  South Africa  (dark blue)

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

Location of South Africa
Capital
Largest city Johannesburg
Official languages

Ethnic groups (2014)
Demonym South African
Government Unitary parliamentary republic
• President
Jacob Zuma
Cyril Ramaphosa
Legislature Parliament
National Council
National Assembly
Independence from the United Kingdom
• Union
31 May 1910
11 December 1931
• Republic
31 May 1961
4 February 1997
Area
• Total
1,221,037 km2 (471,445 sq mi) (24th)
• Water (%)
negligible
Population
• 2015 estimate
54,956,900 (25th)
• 2011 census
51,770,560
• Density
42.4/km2 (109.8/sq mi) (169th)
GDP (PPP) 2016 estimate
• Total
$742.461 billion (30th)
• Per capita
$13,321 (90th)
GDP (nominal) 2016 estimate
• Total
$326.541 billion (35th)
• Per capita
$5,859 (88th)
Gini (2009) 63.1
very high
HDI (2014) Increase 0.666
medium · 116th
Currency South African rand (ZAR)
Time zone SAST (UTC+2)
Drives on the left
Calling code +27
ISO 3166 code ZA
Internet TLD .za

– in Africa  (light blue & dark grey)
– in the African Union  (light blue)

South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded on the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans, on the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, and on the east and northeast by Mozambique and Swaziland, and surrounding the kingdom of Lesotho. South Africa is the 25th-largest country in the world by land area, and with close to 56 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. It is the only country that borders both the Atlantic Ocean and the Indian Ocean. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Sub-Saharan African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different Bantu languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European (white), Asian (Indian), and multiracial (coloured) ancestry.


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