Countries in Africa:

54

There are 54 countries in Africa today, according to the United Nations. The full list is shown in the table below, with current population and subregion (based on the United Nations official statistics).

Not included in this total of "countries" and listed separately are:

  • Dependencies (or dependent territories, dependent areas) or Areas of Special Sovereignty (autonomous territories)
#CountryPopulation
(2017)
Subregion
1 Nigeria 191,835,936 Western Africa
2 Ethiopia 104,344,901 Eastern Africa
3 Egypt 95,215,102 Northern Africa
4 DR Congo 82,242,685 Middle Africa
5 Tanzania 56,877,529 Eastern Africa
6 South Africa 55,436,360 Southern Africa
7 Kenya 48,466,928 Eastern Africa
8 Sudan 42,166,323 Northern Africa
9 Uganda 41,652,938 Eastern Africa
10 Algeria 41,063,753 Northern Africa
11 Morocco 35,241,418 Northern Africa
12 Mozambique 29,537,914 Eastern Africa
13 Ghana 28,656,723 Western Africa
14 Angola 26,655,513 Middle Africa
15 Madagascar 25,612,972 Eastern Africa
16 Cameroon 24,513,689 Middle Africa
17 Côte d'Ivoire 23,815,886 Western Africa
18 Niger 21,563,607 Western Africa
19 Burkina Faso 19,173,322 Western Africa
20 Mali 18,689,966 Western Africa
21 Malawi 18,298,679 Eastern Africa
22 Zambia 17,237,931 Eastern Africa
23 Zimbabwe 16,337,760 Eastern Africa
24 Senegal 16,054,275 Western Africa
25 Chad 14,965,482 Middle Africa
26 Guinea 13,290,659 Western Africa
27 South Sudan 13,096,190 Eastern Africa
28 Rwanda 12,159,586 Eastern Africa
29 Burundi 11,936,481 Eastern Africa
30 Tunisia 11,494,760 Northern Africa
31 Benin 11,458,611 Western Africa
32 Somalia 11,391,962 Eastern Africa
33 Togo 7,691,915 Western Africa
34 Sierra Leone 6,732,899 Western Africa
35 Libya 6,408,742 Northern Africa
36 Eritrea 5,481,906 Eastern Africa
37 Central African Republic 5,098,826 Middle Africa
38 Congo 4,866,243 Middle Africa
39 Liberia 4,730,437 Western Africa
40 Mauritania 4,266,448 Western Africa
41 Namibia 2,568,569 Southern Africa
42 Botswana 2,343,981 Southern Africa
43 Lesotho 2,185,159 Southern Africa
44 Gambia 2,120,418 Western Africa
45 Guinea-Bissau 1,932,871 Western Africa
46 Gabon 1,801,232 Middle Africa
47 Swaziland 1,320,356 Southern Africa
48 Mauritius 1,281,353 Eastern Africa
49 Djibouti 911,382 Eastern Africa
50 Equatorial Guinea 894,464 Middle Africa
51 Comoros 825,920 Eastern Africa
52 Cabo Verde 533,468 Western Africa
53 Sao Tome and Principe 198,481 Middle Africa
54 Seychelles 97,539 Eastern Africa

Dependencies or other territories

#TerritoryPopulation
(2017)
Dependency of
1 Réunion 873,356 France
2 Western Sahara 596,021 (disputed)
3 Mayotte 253,068 France
4 Saint Helena 3,970 U.K.
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