20 Interesting and Amazing Facts about africa

Here are some Amazing Facts about africa

Here are some interesting Facts about africa 

Africa is the second largest of the earth’s seven continents and makes up approximately 22% of the earth’s total land area.

With the inclusion of the disputed Western Sahara territory and the island nations off the continental coast, there are a total of 54 independent nations in Africa.

The current population of Africa is nearly one billion people. Due to rapid population growth in the continent over the last 40 years, its general population is relatively young. In many African states, more than half of the population is under the age of 25.

Africa is the most centrally located of all of the continents with both the prime meridian (0 degrees longitude) and the equator (0 degrees latitude) passing through it.

The primary region of Africa is often called sub-Saharan Africa and excludes the mostly Islamic countries of North Africa: Western Sahara, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt. Sub-Saharan Africa includes 42 nations on mainland Africa and the six island nations.

While Africa makes up about 16% of the world’s population, fully one quarter of the world’s languages are spoken only in Africa.

Arabic (in various dialects) is the most common language spoken in Africa with about 170 million speakers, primarily residing in North Africa. In the continent as a whole, there are over 2,000 recognized languages spoken.

Nigeria is the most populous country in Africa, with an estimated population of 125–145 million people. Egypt is the second most populous country with over 76 million people.

The most populated city in Africa is the Egyptian capital of Cairo with an estimated 17 million residents in the metropolitan area.

The largest country in Africa is Sudan with a total area of 967,490 square miles (2.5 million square kilometers), and the smallest country is the island nation of The Seychelles with a total area of just 175 square miles (453 square kilometers).

The worlds largest land animal is the African elephant.

The worlds tallest animal, the giraffe, lives in Africa.

The fastest land animal in the world, the cheetah, lives in Africa.

Africa is home to the worlds largest reptile, the Nile crocodile.

The gorilla, which can be found in the continents jungles, is the worlds largest primate.

The African continent has the second largest population in the world, at about one billion people.

Well over one thousand languages are spoken by the people of Africa. Some estimates put this number closer to two thousand.

The largest religion in Africa is Islam, followed by Christianity.

The African population is approximately 14.72% of the world’s population (as of 2009).

The oldest human remains ever discovered were found in Ethiopia. They are approximately 200,000 years old.

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