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
(2019)
Subregion
1 Nigeria 200,962,417 Western Africa
2 Ethiopia 110,135,635 Eastern Africa
3 Egypt 101,168,745 Northern Africa
4 DR Congo 86,727,573 Middle Africa
5 Tanzania 60,913,557 Eastern Africa
6 South Africa 58,065,097 Southern Africa
7 Kenya 52,214,791 Eastern Africa
8 Uganda 45,711,874 Eastern Africa
9 Algeria 42,679,018 Northern Africa
10 Sudan 42,514,094 Northern Africa
11 Morocco 36,635,156 Northern Africa
12 Angola 31,787,566 Middle Africa
13 Mozambique 31,408,823 Eastern Africa
14 Ghana 30,096,970 Western Africa
15 Madagascar 26,969,642 Eastern Africa
16 Côte d'Ivoire 25,531,083 Western Africa
17 Cameroon 25,312,993 Middle Africa
18 Niger 23,176,691 Western Africa
19 Burkina Faso 20,321,560 Western Africa
20 Malawi 19,718,743 Eastern Africa
21 Mali 19,689,140 Western Africa
22 Zambia 18,137,369 Eastern Africa
23 Zimbabwe 17,297,495 Eastern Africa
24 Senegal 16,743,859 Western Africa
25 Chad 15,814,345 Middle Africa
26 Somalia 15,636,171 Eastern Africa
27 Guinea 13,398,180 Western Africa
28 South Sudan 13,263,184 Eastern Africa
29 Rwanda 12,794,412 Eastern Africa
30 Benin 11,801,595 Western Africa
31 Tunisia 11,783,168 Northern Africa
32 Burundi 11,575,964 Eastern Africa
33 Togo 8,186,384 Western Africa
34 Sierra Leone 7,883,123 Western Africa
35 Libya 6,569,864 Northern Africa
36 Congo 5,542,197 Middle Africa
37 Eritrea 5,309,659 Eastern Africa
38 Liberia 4,977,720 Western Africa
39 Central African Republic 4,825,711 Middle Africa
40 Mauritania 4,661,149 Western Africa
41 Namibia 2,641,996 Southern Africa
42 Botswana 2,374,636 Southern Africa
43 Lesotho 2,292,682 Southern Africa
44 Gambia 2,228,075 Western Africa
45 Gabon 2,109,099 Middle Africa
46 Guinea-Bissau 1,953,723 Western Africa
47 Swaziland 1,415,414 Southern Africa
48 Equatorial Guinea 1,360,104 Middle Africa
49 Mauritius 1,271,368 Eastern Africa
50 Djibouti 985,690 Eastern Africa
51 Comoros 850,910 Eastern Africa
52 Cabo Verde 560,349 Western Africa
53 Sao Tome & Principe 213,379 Middle Africa
54 Seychelles 95,702 Eastern Africa

Dependencies or other territories

#TerritoryPopulation
(2019)
Dependency of
1 Réunion 889,918 France
2 Western Sahara 582,478 (disputed)
3 Mayotte 266,380 France
4 Saint Helena 4,096 U.K.
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