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Smallest Countries in Africa – you may never have heard of them.
The second-largest continent in the world, Africa, has 54 sovereign countries. The continent occupies a total area of 30.3 million square km accounting for 20.4% of the world’s land area. The Mediterranean Sea washes the shores of Africa to the north, the Atlantic Ocean lies to the west of the country and the Indian Ocean to the southeast. To the northeast of Africa is the Suez Canal and the Red Sea.
The Five Smallest African Nations by Size
All of the five smallest African nations are island nations. These include Seychelles, São Tomé and Príncipe, Mauritius, Comoros, and Cape Verde. The smallest nation in the continental mainland of Africa is The Gambia.
The smallest nations of Africa are also some of the least populated African countries. Seychelles, the smallest country by area (451 square km), is also the least populated sovereign African nation with a population of about 94,228 people. The second smallest African nation, São Tomé and Príncipe covers an area of 964 square km and it is also the continent’s second least populated nation. It houses 192,993 people, as of 2013.
Some of the smallest countries in Africa are also some of the richest nations of the continent in terms of GDP per capita. Seychelles and Mauritius both feature in the list of 10 Richest Countries of Africa. In fact, these countries rank second and third among the African countries in terms of GDP per capita.
Seychelles is small, but also one of the richest countries in Africa
Seychelles is an archipelago of 115 islands in the Indian Ocean and a major tourist destination. Victoria is the capital city of this island nation. The capital is located about 1,500 km away from mainland Africa. Comoros, Madagascar, and Mauritius are some of the island nations of Africa located in the Indian Ocean near Seychelles. The nation occupies an area of 451 square km.
Read all about traveling to Seychelles
São Tomé and Príncipe
The second smallest country in Africa, São Tomé and Príncipe is located in the Gulf of Guinea. São Tomé and Príncipe are the two main islands of the archipelago. The islands are located at a distance of about 250 and 225 km off the coast of Gabon in mainland Central Africa. The country has an area of 964 square km.
Close to São Tomé and Príncipe. we also find Andaman and Nicobar Islands, with some of the most isolated populations on earth.
Mauritius – if you want to go to Africa in style
The island nation of Mauritius is a major tourist destination. It is located in the Indian Ocean where it occupies a total area of 2,040 square km. Mauritius’ territory includes the Mascarene Islands of Rodrigues and Mauritius and other outer islands. Port Louis is the capital of the country.
Unknown, exotic Comoros – right between huge Madagascar and mainland Mozambique
Comoros is an archipelago and a sovereign African nation located in the Indian Ocean. The archipelago is located between the African island nation of Madagascar and the African mainland nation of Mozambique. Comoros occupies an area of 2,235 square km and features three main islands and numerous smaller islands.
Also see Madagascar and why it should be on your bucket list of exotic places to go.
Cap Verde – the greenest islands ever
The nation of Cape Verde is an archipelago with 10 islands of volcanic origin. The archipelago is located in the Atlantic Ocean at a distance of about 570 km to the west of Senegal’s Cap Verde Peninsula on mainland Africa. The island nation covers an area of 4,033 square km, making it the fifth smallest nation in Africa.
All 10 smallest countries in Africa, the last 5 are in mainland Africa
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