Geography in South Africa

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Geography in South Africa


The continent: Africa
  
Iso2:ZA
  
Iso3:ZAF

For country comparisons (the table on the map) colors are used:
 
 Good performance;
 
 The average;
 
 Poor performance

Area in South Africa


Surface area

1 219 090 sq. km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 24 in the world of 233 (90,13%); 9 in Africa from 56 (85,71%)

Land area

1 213 090 sq. km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 24 in the world of 230 (90%); 9 in Africa from 54 (85,19%)

Territorial waters

6 000 sq. km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 61 in the world of 153 (60,78%); 20 in Africa from 40 (52,50%)

Land use in South Africa


Land area

1 213 090 sq. km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 24 in the world of 230 (90%); 9 in Africa from 54 (85,19%)

Agricultural land

79,83 {% of land area[?]}
(2014)
(descending): 4 in the world of 208 (98,56%); 1 in Africa from 53 (100%)
0,052 % (0,010 % annual) ↗
min: 77,52; max: 83,53; max-min: 6,02 (7,21%); mid: 80,52;
-0,695 (-0,870%)
968 410 {sq.km.[?]}
(2014)
(descending): 12 in the world of 209 (94,74%); 1 in Africa from 54 (100%)
0,052 % (0,010 % annual) ↗
min: 940 330; max: 1 013 350; max-min: 73 020 (7,21%); mid: 976 840;
-8 430 (-0,870%)
1,76 {hectares per person[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 30 in the world of 207 (85,99%); 15 in Africa from 52 (73,08%)
8,30 % (1,66 % annual) ↗
min: 1,76; max: 5,89; max-min: 4,13 (70,10%); mid: 3,83;
-2,07 (-117,25%)

Arable land

10,30 {% of land area[?]}
(2014)
(descending): 105 in the world of 206 (49,51%); 25 in Africa from 53 (54,72%)
0,264 % (0,053 % annual) ↗
min: 9,89; max: 11,39; max-min: 1,49 (13,12%); mid: 10,64;
-0,335 (-3,25%)
125 000 {sq.km.[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 23 in the world of 206 (89,32%); 6 in Africa from 53 (90,57%)
0,264 % (0,053 % annual) ↗
min: 119 500; max: 138 120; max-min: 18 620 (13,48%); mid: 128 810;
-3 810 (-3,05%)
0,227 {hectares per person[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 62 in the world of 206 (70,39%); 20 in Africa from 53 (64,15%)
8,53 % (1,71 % annual) ↗
min: 0,227; max: 0,685; max-min: 0,458 (66,80%); mid: 0,456;
-0,229 (-100,62%)

Forest area

7,62 {% of land area[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 169 in the world of 205 (18,05%); 42 in Africa from 53 (22,64%)
92 410 {sq. km.[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 57 in the world of 206 (72,82%); 17 in Africa from 54 (70,37%)
0,168 {hectares per person[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 123 in the world of 204 (40,20%); 34 in Africa from 52 (36,54%)
8,24 % (1,65 % annual) ↗
min: 0,168; max: 0,263; max-min: 0,094 (35,95%); mid: 0,215;
-0,047 (-28,06%)

Terrestrial protected areas

8,85 {% of land area[?]}
(2014)
(descending): 134 in the world of 204 (34,80%); 35 in Africa from 53 (35,85%)
7,13 % (1,43 % annual) ↘
min: 5,73; max: 8,85; max-min: 3,12 (35,25%); mid: 7,29;
1,56 (17,63%)
109 273 {sq. km.[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 38 in the world of 202 (81,68%); 16 in Africa from 51 (70,59%)
0,0000164 {hectares per person[?]}
(2015)
(descending): 171 in the world of 202 (15,84%); 45 in Africa from 51 (13,73%)

Land boundaries and coastline in South Africa


Length of land borders

5 244 km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 34 in the world of 166 (80,12%); 12 in Africa from 49 (77,55%)

Number of Neighbors

6 [?] (2015)
(descending): 21 in the world of 164 (87,80%); 8 in Africa from 49 (85,71%)

Coastline

2 798 km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 42 in the world of 191 (78,53%); 3 in Africa from 40 (95%)

Elevation in South Africa


mean elevation

1 034 m.[?] (2015)
(descending): 30 in the world of 163 (82,21%); 8 in Africa from 48 (85,42%)

highest point

3 408 m.[?] (2015)
(descending): 56 in the world of 232 (76,29%); 11 in Africa from 56 (82,14%)

Main parameters in South Africa


Population

54 956 920 number of people[?] (2015)
(descending): 24 in the world of 233 (90,13%); 5 in Africa from 56 (92,86%)
7,62 % (1,52 % annual) ↘
min: 17 396 000; max: 54 956 920; max-min: 37 560 920 (68,35%); mid: 36 176 460;
18 780 460 (34,17%)

Surface area

1 219 090 sq. km.[?] (2015)
(descending): 24 in the world of 233 (90,13%); 9 in Africa from 56 (85,71%)

Population density

45,35 people per sq. km of land area[?] (2015)
(descending): 165 in the world of 230 (28,70%); 33 in Africa from 54 (40,74%)
7,33 % (1,47 % annual) ↘
min: 14,71; max: 45,35; max-min: 30,63 (67,55%); mid: 30,03;
15,32 (33,78%)

Population growth rate

1,65 annual %[?] (2015)
(descending): 77 in the world of 216 (64,81%); 45 in Africa from 54 (18,52%)
9,59 % (1,92 % annual) ↘
min: 1,19; max: 3,13; max-min: 1,94 (61,99%); mid: 2,16;
-0,515 (-31,26%)

Surface area

2,22 hectar per person[?] (2015)
(ascending): 163 in the world of 233 (30,47%); 31 in Africa from 56 (46,43%)
8,24 % (1,65 % annual) ↗
min: 2,22; max: 6,99; max-min: 4,77 (68,27%); mid: 4,60;
-2,39 (-107,56%)