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Capital : Pretoria
Language :  Afrikaans, English
Currency :  South African rand
Population : 55 908 000
Area : 1 221 037 km2

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South Africa facts

1. Independence from Great Britain was obtained on May 31, 1910.
2. The population density is 41 people / km2.
3. This country is 3.9 times larger than Poland.
4. The main religion is Protestantism, 63%.
5. The longest river is Oranje.
6. Motto of the country – “Unity in diversity”.
7. Political system – republic.
8. The highest peak is Mafadi, 3450 m above sea level.
9. The average temperature is in January 23 °C, in July 13 °C.
10. South Africa is currently the only country in the world that hosted the World Cup in football, cricket and rugby.
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11. Table Mountain in Cape Town is considered one of the oldest mountains in the world.

12. The SABMiller brewery is the largest brewer in the world.

13. There is the largest hotel center in the world – the Palace of the Lost City.

14. South African Rovos Rail is considered the most luxurious train in the world.

15. In South Africa is the highest place in the world from which you can give a bungee jump (over 216 meters).

16. General Motors South Africa is the only place outside the US where the Hummer H3 was built.

17. Over 2,000 shipwrecks are off the coast of South Africa, the majority are over 500 years old.

18. The oldest remains of modern man have been found in South Africa over 160,000 years old.

19. Two Nobel prize winners from South Africa lived on the same street. This is the only such case in the world.

20. The country is the second largest fruit exporter in the world.

21. South Africa has a penguin colony that develops thanks to the cold Antarctic currents on the west coast near Cape.

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22. There is the deepest gold mine in the world (3,777 meters deep).

23. This country has one of the cleanest waters in the tap in the world.

24. South Africa generates two-thirds of electricity in Africa.

25. Tugela Falls is the second highest waterfall in the world.

Autor: Turyst

26. Durban is the largest port in Africa and 9 in the world.

27. South Africa was the first African country to host the 2010 World Cup in football.

Autor: MR

28. Karoo has one of the three largest telescopes in the world.

29. The Constitution of South Africa is widely regarded as one of the most progressive in the world.

30. Afrikaans is the youngest official language in the world.

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31. South Africa has the 2nd oldest film industry in the world.

32. According to the National Physical Laboratory in Great Britain, Cape Town has the fifth most blue sky in the world.

33. Position in the best world army list:
      – 2015 year – 40 place,
      – 2018 year – 32 place.

Autor: MR

34. There are over 78 050 professional soldiers and 16,000 reservists (2018).

35. Number of equipment:
      – 2014 year – 190 tanks, 1400 armored vehicles, 210 jet aircraft and 100 helicopters,
      – 2018 year – 195 tanks, 2265 armored vehicles, 208 jet aircraft and 94 helicopters.

36. Expenses for the army:
      – 2014 year – $4,600,000,000 ,
      – 2018 year – $4,610,000,000 .

37. Maritime fleet …
      – in 2014 , the year was around 41 ships, in 2018 of the year it’s about 40 ships.

38. Mohr Keet at the age of 96 jumped on bungee, which is the world record.

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39. In this country there are wild fig trees, whose roots can grow more than 100 meters deep into the earth.

Autor: Lena

40. According to the old habit, to bring a prophetic vision on yourself, you need to burn a cigarette made from the brain of a vulture mixed with mud.

Autor: Alicja

41. According to the old habit, to bring a prophetic vision on yourself, you need to burn a cigarette made from the brain of a vulture mixed with mud.

Autor: Ela

42. The country was the first in the world to build an atomic bomb by itself.

43. In 1988, South Africa voluntarily gave up its nuclear program.

Autor: Fakty

44. The amount of income tax in South Africa is 28%.

45. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 27.2% .

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46. 7 people from South Africa have accumulated assets greater than one billion US dollars.

47. The richest of them is Johann Rupert with assets worth over $7.4 billion.

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48. In South Africa, an average person consumes approximately 11 liters of pure alcohol per year.

49. The national alcohol is Amarula liqueur.

50. The most beer is beer – 48%, then wine – 18%, spirit – 17%, and other alcoholic beverages – 17%.

Autor: AlkoWorld

51. In this country, compulsory education lasts 9 years.

52. The beginning of education begins at the age of 7.

53. The average IQ level is 77.

Autor: EduKacJa

54. In this country there are 5.7% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 3 132 543 people).

55. In South Africa, according to statistics, an average of one person reads 54 minutes a day.

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56. National animals are a blue crane and a galjoen fish.

Autor: Kos

57. Built-up speed allowed 60 km / h.

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58. Outside the built-up area, the permitted speed ranges from 80 to 120 km / h.

59. The permissible blood alcohol content in a person driving a car is 0.5 promille.

60. In 2013, 13,802 people lost their lives due to traffic accidents.

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61. 57.5% of fatal accidents caused people under the influence of alcohol.

62. In this country there is left-hand traffic.

63. In this country, more than 9,910,000 motor vehicles are registered (180 vehicles per 1 000 inhabitants).

Autor: AutoMania

64. 34.7% of the population live on less than 3 $a day.

Autor: Durga

65. In this country there are over 747 014 km of paved roads including over 1 400 km of expressways (1.16% of all roads in the world).

66. In this country there are 566 airports, 144 of the paved surface.

67. In this country there are over 20 192 km of railway tracks.

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68. In this country, over 26 841 000 (2015) 30 815 634 (2018) people have access to internet (around 56% of the population).

69. About 13,000,000 (2015) 16 000 000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

70. The average speed of fixed internet is 3.7 Mb / s, and the maximum rate is 18.9 Mb / s (data from the end of 2015).

Autor: NET

71. The national top-level domain is .za . There are over 946,000 websites with such an extension.

72. The most popular pages with the extension .za are: google.co.za, gumtree.co.za and bidorbuy.co.za.

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73. The country has 2018 over $50,511,000,000 in foreign exchange reserves (0.39% of foreign exchange reserves of all countries of the world).

74. South Africa has 125200 kg of gold reserves (2018).

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75. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) …
      – in 2015 the year is $352,525,000,000 ,
      – 2018 is $349,000,000,000 .

76. Internal debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 year was 39% GDP, or around: $137 485 920 000 ,
      – 2018 of the year was 53.1% GDP, or around: $185 319 000 000 . To pay it off, each citizen would have to give around $3,372.

77. Foreign debt at the beginning …
      – 2015 of the year was around: $145 100,000,000 ,
      – 2018 of the year is around: $183 239 000 000 .

Autor: Komornik

78. 31% of adults living in this country are overweight.

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79. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 38 cigarettes a month.

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80. In this country homosexual marriages are legal from November 30, 2006.

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81. The tallest building in South Africa is the Carlton Center in Johannesburg, which is 223 meters high (50 stories high). It was built in 1973, It is the tallest building in Africa.

82. In Johannesburg, there are currently 3 “skyscrapers” (buildings with a height of over 150 meters).

83. The highest building in the country is a chimney in Secunda with a height of 201 meters.

Autor: BobBudowniczy

84. The lowest temperature: -20.1 °C was measured in Buffelsfontein.

85. The highest temperature: 50 °C was measured in Eastern Cape.

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86. The most deadly disease in this country is HIV / AIDS.

Autor: medi

87. The average life expectancy in this country is 51.2 years (women – 52.1 years and men – 50.1 years).

Autor: Wilga

88. 11 South Africans received the Nobel Prize.

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89. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

90. 10 women give birth to 23 children on average

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91. The average age of people living in this country is 26.5 years.

92. The country is around:
15 624 000 people (28.43%) in the age range 0-14 years.
36 338 000 people (66.12%) in the age range 15-64 years.
2 995 200 people (5.45%) over 65 years old.

93. In this country, about 1 140 000 children are born each year (2.1% of the population), and about 545,000 people die (1.0% of the population).

Autor: Sara19

94. In 2015, as many as 58% of fatal accidents were caused by people driving under the influence of alcohol.

Autor: Lutra

95. The percentage share in the global economy of South Africa in 2015 is 0.46% (for comparison, Poland’s share is 0.74%, and the United States – 23.32%).

Autor: Setar

96. In this country, a person of 10 years of age is subject to criminal liability.

97. In South Africa there are 963740 km2 of agricultural land (79% of the country).

98. 127 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

99. Belfast is the highest located city in the country.

100. He joined the United Nations on November 7, 1945.

101. The work week is 45 hours.

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102. 57% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

103. 92030 km2 of the country is covered by forests (7.6%)

104. The last death penalty was carried out in 1989.

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105. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 45%, and for companies – 28% (2018).

106. The tax on goods and services is 15% (2018).

107. The level of inflation in 2018 is 5.1%.

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108. In 2018, the average monthly salary in this country is 19,860 R.

Autor: Daria

What is the highest peak in South Africa?
The highest peak in South Africa is Mafadi (3450 m above sea level).

answer: Marta

What is the largest river in South Africa?
The largest river in Portugal is Duero, 322 km.

answer: Marta

What is the largest lake in South Africa?
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What is the national dish?
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Which South Africa has national colors?
National colors: red, green, blue, gold, black and white.

answer: Marta

What is national alcohol?
The national alcohol is Amarula liqueur.

answer: Marta

What is the national animal?
The national animal is a blue crane galjoen fish.

answer: Marta

What is the national sport?
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Which countries borders South Africa?
South Africa borders with such countries as: Botswana 1 840 km, Lesotho 909 km, Mozambique 491 km, Namibia 967 km, Swaziland 430 km, Zimbabwe 225 km.

answer: Marta

What is the average age of people living in this country?
The average age of people living in this country is 26.5 years.

answer: Marta

What is the minimum wage?
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What is the population density in South Africa?
The population density is 45 people per km2.

answer: Marta

What is the motto of this country?
Motto of the country – “Unity in diversity”.

answer: Marta

What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?
The highest temperature: 50 ° C was measured in Eastern Cape.

answer: Marta

What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?
The lowest temperature: -20.1 ° C was measured in Buffelsfontein.

answer: Marta

With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?
In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 18.

answer: Marta