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Top 10 largest countries in Africa


Africa the home of blacks and the white, is the second most popular and the largest continent in the world. The first being Asia followed by Africa. It has a total of 54 countries in it, all them being an attractive feature for tourist from all parts of the world. A research done in 2016 stated that Africa has a total of 1.2 billion thus being the second populated continent in the world. It accounts for about 16% of the world's human population. The continent attracts many of tourist in all parts of the world due to its geographical features it is surrounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the North, Suez Canal, and the Red Sea to the northeast, the Indian Ocean to the southeast and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.

The 10 largest countries in Africa

1) Algeria (2,381,741 square kilometers)

Algeria has emerged to be the largest nation in Africa continent, and the tenth largest country in the world. Thou most of the highest percentage is a desert, it's a highly populated country having around 38.7 million people in it. Algeria is a predominantly Muslim country recording the hottest temperature on Earth. History, language, customs, and an Islamic heritage make Algeria an integral part of the Maghrib and the larger Arab world. The country is located in the North of Africa.

2) The Democratic Republic of the Congo (2,344,858 square kilometers)

It is the second largest country in Africa located in Central Africa. The population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is approximately 4.66 million. 

3) Sudan (1,861,484 square kilometers)

Sudan is the third largest country in Africa, highly populated with Arab and located in the Nile Valley of North Africa. The Nile River divides the nation into eastern and western halves. Nile River is almost the largest river in Africa.Around 37.2 million people live in Sudan. It’s the most geographically diverse states in Africa. Research shows that it’s the sixteenth largest country in the whole world.

4) Libya (1,759,540 square kilometers)

North African nation Libya is the seventeenth-largest country in the whole world. Its capital city known as Tripoli is the largest city and the capital of Libya. Around one million of Libya’s six million people live in Tripoli.

5) Chad (1,284,000 square kilometers)

Thou chad is a landlocked country in Central Africa the nation has a population of 10.33 million. Around 1.9 percent of Chad is water. It’s surrounded by Lake Chad which is the largest wetland in Chad, and the second-largest in the African continent.  Chad has several regions, a desert zone in the north, an arid Sahelian belt and a more fertile Savanna zone in the south.

6) Niger (1,267,000 square kilometers)

It is a landlocked country, the largest nation in West Africa named after Niger River. It borders Libya, Chad, Nigeria, and Benin. More than 80 percent of its land area is covered by the Sahara Desert thus being a good feature for tourist attraction. The population of Niger is approximately 15.73 million.

7) Angola (1,246,700 square kilometers)

It is the seventh-largest country in Africa, bordered by Namibia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west.  Latest research shows that the population of the Republic of Angola is around 24.38 million. The nation is located in Southern Africa and it is the twenty-third largest nation in the world.

8) Mali (1,240,192 square kilometers)

This is a West African landlocked nation. Has a population of around 14.5 million. That borders on the north reach deep into the middle of the Sahara. Majority of its citizens live in the southern part of the nation, which features Niger and Senegal rivers thus good attraction for tourist. It’s largely flat and arid

9) South Africa (1,219,090 square kilometers)

It's the southernmost country in Africa. South Africa has largely coastline area that expanses along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans. It is the twenty-fifth-largest country in the whole world by land area. The country borders Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho. 

10) Ethiopia (1,104,300 square kilometers)

Ethiopia is located in the Horn of Africa and the oldest independent country in Africa. It is the most populous landlocked nation in the world. It the second largest populated country and around 0.7 percent of the nation is water.


The article expounds more on several countries of Africa and the topmost countries located on the continent. 


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