How many countries are in Africa?

How many countries are in Africa?

So you’re trying to figure out how many countries Africa houses… fair enough – that answer can vary a little depending on who you ask!

In the most basic and diversely accepted instances there are 54 countries in Africa.


About Africa – the Basics

Africa is one of the 7 continents on Earth, and almost completely surrounded by water making the land boundaries very obvious.  Not only the second largest continent when comparing by the amount of land territory Africa holds, but also one of the top two spots when it comes to population size, housing over 1.1billion people!  While as with many boundaries there will likely continue to be some dispute and future changes surrounding the number of independent areas that are considered countries, the most widely accepted number at the time of this article is 54.

While there is great diversity among the regions of Africa, and much debate about a few additional territories & states, there are only 54 countries that are recognized by both the African Union and United Nations as independent countries amongst the continent.  Given the vast number of countries within the continent they are often split up and referred to by directional regions (North, East, South, West, and Central Africa).  Africa houses some beautiful landscapes, wild game reserves, and is home to many species that are not found elsewhere in the world.  In addition to their diverse and beautiful protected wildlife there is great diversity amongst the human cultures inhabiting the land.  If you’re interested in learning more about Africa the links below may be a place to start.

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