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
(2018)
Subregion
1 Nigeria 195,875,237 Western Africa
2 Ethiopia 107,534,882 Eastern Africa
3 Egypt 99,375,741 Northern Africa
4 DR Congo 84,004,989 Middle Africa
5 Tanzania 59,091,392 Eastern Africa
6 South Africa 57,398,421 Southern Africa
7 Kenya 50,950,879 Eastern Africa
8 Uganda 44,270,563 Eastern Africa
9 Algeria 42,008,054 Northern Africa
10 Sudan 41,511,526 Northern Africa
11 Morocco 36,191,805 Northern Africa
12 Angola 30,774,205 Middle Africa
13 Mozambique 30,528,673 Eastern Africa
14 Ghana 29,463,643 Western Africa
15 Madagascar 26,262,810 Eastern Africa
16 Côte d'Ivoire 24,905,843 Western Africa
17 Cameroon 24,678,234 Middle Africa
18 Niger 22,311,375 Western Africa
19 Burkina Faso 19,751,651 Western Africa
20 Malawi 19,164,728 Eastern Africa
21 Mali 19,107,706 Western Africa
22 Zambia 17,609,178 Eastern Africa
23 Zimbabwe 16,913,261 Eastern Africa
24 Senegal 16,294,270 Western Africa
25 Chad 15,353,184 Middle Africa
26 Somalia 15,181,925 Eastern Africa
27 Guinea 13,052,608 Western Africa
28 South Sudan 12,919,053 Eastern Africa
29 Rwanda 12,501,156 Eastern Africa
30 Tunisia 11,659,174 Northern Africa
31 Benin 11,485,674 Western Africa
32 Burundi 11,216,450 Eastern Africa
33 Togo 7,990,926 Western Africa
34 Sierra Leone 7,719,729 Western Africa
35 Libya 6,470,956 Northern Africa
36 Congo 5,399,895 Middle Africa
37 Eritrea 5,187,948 Eastern Africa
38 Liberia 4,853,516 Western Africa
39 Central African Republic 4,737,423 Middle Africa
40 Mauritania 4,540,068 Western Africa
41 Namibia 2,587,801 Southern Africa
42 Botswana 2,333,201 Southern Africa
43 Lesotho 2,263,010 Southern Africa
44 Gambia 2,163,765 Western Africa
45 Gabon 2,067,561 Middle Africa
46 Guinea-Bissau 1,907,268 Western Africa
47 Swaziland 1,391,385 Southern Africa
48 Equatorial Guinea 1,313,894 Middle Africa
49 Mauritius 1,268,315 Eastern Africa
50 Djibouti 971,408 Eastern Africa
51 Comoros 832,347 Eastern Africa
52 Cabo Verde 553,335 Western Africa
53 Sao Tome & Principe 208,818 Middle Africa
54 Seychelles 95,235 Eastern Africa

Dependencies or other territories

#TerritoryPopulation
(2018)
Dependency of
1 Réunion 883,247 France
2 Western Sahara 567,421 (disputed)
3 Mayotte 259,682 France
4 Saint Helena 4,074 U.K.
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