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 190,886,311 Western Africa
2 Ethiopia 104,957,438 Eastern Africa
3 Egypt 97,553,151 Northern Africa
4 DR Congo 81,339,988 Middle Africa
5 Tanzania 57,310,019 Eastern Africa
6 South Africa 56,717,156 Southern Africa
7 Kenya 49,699,862 Eastern Africa
8 Uganda 42,862,958 Eastern Africa
9 Algeria 41,318,142 Northern Africa
10 Sudan 40,533,330 Northern Africa
11 Morocco 35,739,580 Northern Africa
12 Angola 29,784,193 Middle Africa
13 Mozambique 29,668,834 Eastern Africa
14 Ghana 28,833,629 Western Africa
15 Madagascar 25,570,895 Eastern Africa
16 Côte d'Ivoire 24,294,750 Western Africa
17 Cameroon 24,053,727 Middle Africa
18 Niger 21,477,348 Western Africa
19 Burkina Faso 19,193,382 Western Africa
20 Malawi 18,622,104 Eastern Africa
21 Mali 18,541,980 Western Africa
22 Zambia 17,094,130 Eastern Africa
23 Zimbabwe 16,529,904 Eastern Africa
24 Senegal 15,850,567 Western Africa
25 Chad 14,899,994 Middle Africa
26 Somalia 14,742,523 Eastern Africa
27 Guinea 12,717,176 Western Africa
28 South Sudan 12,575,714 Eastern Africa
29 Rwanda 12,208,407 Eastern Africa
30 Tunisia 11,532,127 Northern Africa
31 Benin 11,175,692 Western Africa
32 Burundi 10,864,245 Eastern Africa
33 Togo 7,797,694 Western Africa
34 Sierra Leone 7,557,212 Western Africa
35 Libya 6,374,616 Northern Africa
36 Congo 5,260,750 Middle Africa
37 Eritrea 5,068,831 Eastern Africa
38 Liberia 4,731,906 Western Africa
39 Central African Republic 4,659,080 Middle Africa
40 Mauritania 4,420,184 Western Africa
41 Namibia 2,533,794 Southern Africa
42 Botswana 2,291,661 Southern Africa
43 Lesotho 2,233,339 Southern Africa
44 Gambia 2,100,568 Western Africa
45 Gabon 2,025,137 Middle Africa
46 Guinea-Bissau 1,861,283 Western Africa
47 Swaziland 1,367,254 Southern Africa
48 Equatorial Guinea 1,267,689 Middle Africa
49 Mauritius 1,265,138 Eastern Africa
50 Djibouti 956,985 Eastern Africa
51 Comoros 813,912 Eastern Africa
52 Cabo Verde 546,388 Western Africa
53 Sao Tome & Principe 204,327 Middle Africa
54 Seychelles 94,737 Eastern Africa

Dependencies or other territories

#TerritoryPopulation
(2017)
Dependency of
1 Réunion 876,562 France
2 Western Sahara 552,628 (disputed)
3 Mayotte 253,045 France
4 Saint Helena 4,049 U.K.
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