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It is the third largest continent on earth, just behind Asia and the Americas.
Along with the adjacent islands, it occupies about 30 million km2, covering 20.3% of the total land area of the planet.
It is also the second most populous continent on earth, just behind Asia. It has over 800 million inhabitants in 54 countries, representing about one seventh of the world's population.
The African countries with Portuguese as their official language are Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique and Sao Tome and Principe.
Location of Africa on the world map
Countries and capitals
Of Africa's 54 independent countries, 48 are continental and 6 are islands. The following is a list of African countries and their respective capitals.
|Continental Countries |
South Africa (Cape Town)
Madagascar Island (Antananarivo)