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The continent of Africa is considered to be the second largest continent in the world it has the land area of 30.3 million km2. Our planet’s 6% of the overall surface area and 20% of the land area is covered by this continent.
See the fact file below for more information on the Africa Continent or alternatively, you can download our 25-page Africa Continent worksheet pack to utilise within the classroom or home environment.
Key Facts & Information
Etymology and Background
- The name of the continent originated from the Latin name “Afri” which is used to denote the people who are living in Northern Africa in the ancient times.
- The Native Libyan tribe is said to be the first reference of the Latin name “Afri”. It is said that it is the name used to describe the said tribe.
- There are several theories on the origin of the word “Africa”. One theory came from Flavius Josephus a Jewish historian from the 1st-century which he said that the name of the continent came from the grandson of Abraham which is named “Epher”.
- There are 54 countries that can be found in Africa. This continent consists of 5 regions namely Southern Africa, East Africa, Central Africa, West Africa, and North Africa.
- There are 1,500 various languages that are used by people living on this continent.
- There is a major tectonic plate that can be found in this continent.
- The first recorded literate civilization in the world came from this continent specifically Egypt which dates back to 3300 BC.
- The most widespread religion in Africa is Islam, second to that is Christianity.
- The most widely-spoken language in this continent is Arabic.
- The country in Africa that has the highest population is Nigeria which is said to have 154.7 million inhabitants.
- The largest country that can be found on this continent is Sudan.
- In terms of GDP, South Africa has the highest with 182 billion USD while the country in Africa with the lowest GDP is Guinea-Bissau.
- The world’s longest river can also be found on the continent which is the Nile River.
- Malaria is the main problem in Africa which kills approximately 3,000 children a year.
- In Ethiopia, the oldest human remains are excavated which is said to be 200,000 years old.
- In South Africa, there is a plateau which is called the Witwatersrand which has produced the half of the all-time gold that is mined on the history of Earth.
- The highest mountain in Africa is Mt. Kilimanjaro while the largest waterfall that can be found in this continent is Victoria Falls.
- The largest city that can found in Africa is Cairo which is located in Egypt.
- The deadliest animal that can be found in this continent is the hippopotamus which is said to be much dangerous than lions.
- Africa also holds the record for being the hottest continent in the world.
- Africa is also known for having the largest land animal which is the African elephant.
- The tallest animal can also be found here which is the giraffe.
- The world’s largest frog can be found in this continent which is known as the goliath bullfrog.
- The lowest point in Africa can be found in the central-eastern Djibouti which is called the Lake Assal.
- The most visited country in Africa by tourists is Egypt because of its different tourist spots such as the pyramids and other heritage sites.
- There are over 3000 various indigenous people that are residing in Africa.
- Almost 25% of the global species of birds are found in Africa.
- Nile crocodile which is the largest reptile in the world can also be found in Africa.
- Rate of deforestation is significantly increasing in this continent which is double the average of the global percentage of deforestation.
- Poverty is one of the main problems in Africa that is why it holds the record of being the poorest continent.
- Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt with a total of 223 pyramids which is twice the number of pyramids in Egypt.
- The country with the most births of a twin is also found in Africa which is Benin.
- The country of Ethiopia in Africa has its own alphabet which is called Ethiopic which is composed of 345 letters.
- There is a half a billion people in sub-Saharan Africa resides in a place where there is no electricity.
- This continent also holds the record of the youngest population in the world which has an average of 25 years old.
- Aside from cheetah, there are other fast land animals that can be found in this continent such as lion, gazelle, and wildebeest.
- One of the hottest and arid place here on Earth is found in Africa which is called “The Namib”.
- The city with the highest population in Africa is in Lagos which is composed of 21 million people.
- The largest producer of oil in the world is here in this continent.
Africa Continent Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about Africa Continent across 25 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Africa Continent worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the continent of Africa which is considered to be the second largest continent in the world it has the land area of 30.3 million km2. Our planet’s 6% of the overall surface area and 20% of the land area is covered by this continent.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Africa Facts
- Countries in Southern Africa
- What is the Capital?
- What is the Capital? (Part 2)
- This Country is Known for?
- It’s All About the Money
- More East African Countries
- Leaders of the North
- Asia’s Wonders
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