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Capital: Pretoria


Total Population: 52,981,991
Natural Increase: 1.3%
Density: 44 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 63.8%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Johannesburg (10,268,000); Cape Town (7,280,000); Durban (3,468,000); Pretoria (2,346,000); Port Elizabeth (1,245,000); Soweto (923,000); Vereeniging (774,000).
Ethnic Origins: Black African 79.6%, White (Italians, Germans, English...) 9.1%, Colored 8.9%, Indian/Asian 2.5%.
For more information, visit Statistics South Africa.
Official Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swati, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu.
Other Languages Spoken: Fanagalo, Hindi, Sotho, Tsotsitaal, Venda,
Business Language(s): English and Afrikaans.
Religion: Almost 80% of the population follows Christianity. Small segment of the society follows Hinduism, Islam, Judaism and traditional African beliefs.

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National Currency: South African Rand (ZAR)

Country Overview

Area: 1,219,090 km²
Type of State: South Africa is a federal republic state based on parliamentary democracy.
Type of Economy: Upper-middle-income economy, Emerging Financial Market.
The wealthiest country in Africa (GDP); the world's leading producer of gold.
HDI*: 0.658/1
HDI (World Rank): 118/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From South Africa, Dial 00
To Make a Call to South Africa, Dial +27
Internet Suffix: .za
Computers: 8.4 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 7.9 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 41.0 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 75% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 73,17294,226121,606127,159126,370
Exports of Goods (million USD) 61,67780,89298,04787,25696,076
Imports of Services (million USD) 14,39018,02319,22817,19516,325
Exports of Services (million USD) 11,65613,61714,42714,71113,636

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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