Language, Currency & Population of Countries in South Africa


Southern Africa is the southernmost region of the African continent with a number of independent states including South Africa. There are several countries in Southern Africa just like in every other African region and it includes 10 countries.

Here is more about these South African Countries, Their Language And Population. The region has a wide diversity of eco-regions with significant numbers of various wildlife species.

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Map of Southern Africa


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List of Southern African Countries

1. Angola

Language: Portuguese

Population: 25 Million

Angola covers an area of around 1,246,700 km2. It is the seventh-largest country in Africa and has vast mineral and petroleum reserves. Its economy is among the fastest-growing in the world. The largest religious group is Christianity. The currency of Angola is Kwanza (AOA)

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2. Botswana

Language: English

Population: 2 million

Botswana is a landlocked South African country which covers approximately 581,730 km2. The currency of Botswana is Botswana Pula (BWP). The largest religious group in the country is Christianity. Botswana is one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and has a nominal GDP of $18.620 billion.

3. Eswatini (Swaziland)

Language: Swazi and English

Population: 1 million

Eswatini which is also known as Swaziland is a landlocked country in Southern Africa. The country covers an area of around 17,364 km2. She has a GDP per capita of $9,714, making it a country with a lower-middle income. The currency of Eswatini (Swaziland) is Swazi lilangeni (SZL) and South African Rand(ZAR). Eswatini has the 12th lowest life expectancy in the world, at 58 years as of 2018.

4. Lesotho

Language: Sesotho and English

Population: 2 million

Lesotho is an enclaved country within the border of South Africa. It covers an area of around 30,355 km2 and has a population of approximately 2 million. The nation’s total nominal GDP is around $2.721 billion and the dominant religion is also Christianity. The currency of Lesotho are Lesotho loti (LSL) and South African Rand(ZAR)

5. Malawi

Language: English

Population: 18 million

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa is a sovereign multinational state and unitary presidential constitutional democracy. It has a land mass of 118,000 km2. Approximately 18 million people live in Malawi. Its economy is heavily based in agriculture and is one of the least developed countries in the world. The currency of Malawi is Kwacha (D) (MWK).

6. Mozambique

Language: Portuguese

Population: 29 million

Mozambique covers an area of 801,590 km2 and has a population of approximately 29 million. The capital of Mozambique is Maputo. Portuguese is the official language of Mozambique and the largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity. The country’s economy is based largely on agriculture and has a total nominal GDP of $12.345 billion. The currency of Mozambique is Mozambican metical(MZN).

7. Namibia

Language: English

Population: 2.6 million

Namibia is a country in southern Africa which covers 36,125 sq km. Around 2.6 million people live in this country. Agriculture, herding, tourism and the mining industry form the basis of its economy.  It has a total nominal GDP of $14.148 billion and their currency is Namibian dollar (NAD) and South African Rand(ZAR). The Christian community makes up the majority of the Namibian population.

8.South Africa

Language: English

Population: 58 Million

The Republic of South Africa is the southernmost country in Africa. It covers an area of 1,221,037 km2 and has a population of about 58 million people. Its economy is the second-largest in Africa, and the 34th-largest in the world and has a total nominal GDP of $371 billion. The currency of South Africa is the South African Rand(ZAR).

9. Zambia

Language: English

Population: 16.5 Million

Zambia is a landlocked country in south-central Africa. The country covers an area of 752,618 km2. It is home to around 16.5 million people. English is the official language of Zambia. It has been named one of the world’s fastest economically reformed countries and has a nominal GDP of $23.137 billion. The currency of Zambia is the Zambian kwacha(ZMW).

10. Zimbabwe

Language: French

Population: 16 Million

Landlocked nation Zimbabwe covers over 390,757 km2 and has a population of about 16 million. The nation’s economic structure centers on minerals, gold, and agriculture. The currency of Zimbabwe includes United States dollar (official for the government), South African rand, and many other currencies.


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