Next country on the list that intrigues me for a while is South Africa. European friends that had the chance to live there as expats had incredible stories about the beauty of this country, guess that’s why it’s stick in my mind.
Republic of South Africa is the 25th largest country in the world by land area. The 52.9 million people that call South Africa “home” make it the 24th most populous nation. South Africa has around 2800 square kilometers of coastline along the Indian and South Atlantic Oceans.
Diversity is at home in here: from languages, to cultures and religion. There are 11 official languages, which makes South Africa third only to Bolivia and India. Among the most spoken are Zulu (22.7%), Xhosa (16%) and Afrikaans (13.5%), the latter originating from Dutch. English comes fourth and it is spoken by less than 10% of South Africans.
There are 3 official capital cities: Pretoria (executive), Bloemfontein (judicial) and Cape Town (legislative). The largest city in South Africa, Johannesburg, is also considered the world’s largest city not situated on a lake, river or coastline.
And since you have the map above, right below Johannesburg you can see a landlocked space, which is actually Lesotho, a 2 million people country.
Among famous people that were born in South Africa, it’s a must to mention Nelson Mandela (who was imprisoned for 27 years serving a sentence for sabotage), Mark Shuttleworth (who started the Ubuntu Foundation in 2005), and Elon Musk (Tesla Motors & SpaceX’s CEO).
I knew about Mandela and Shuttleworth, but it was a surprise to learn about Elon Musk’s origins 🙂
Any other must-know facts?