Top 5 Biggest African countries ranked by population size


Africa is a huge continent, Only second to Asia in physical size. The continent is also known to have the most diverse population, genetically, of all continents in the world. Per United Nation estimates (November 2022) the current population of Africa is 1,415,393,070.

The northern country of Algeria is Africa’s largest sovereign state and also among its most populous, with around 44 million residents. Nigeria is by far the largest country in terms of population, with more than 211 million people as of 2021. Ethiopia follows with almost 118 million, while Egypt, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, South Africa, and Kenya all have populations ranging from 92 million to 54 million.

Even the smaller countries in Africa have relatively large populations. Rwanda and Burundi are relatively small in area (although both share borders with the much larger Democratic Republic of Congo and Tanzania), yet have 13.2 million and 12.2 million people, respectively. The tiny landlocked country of Lesotho, surrounded by vastly bigger South Africa, has more than 2.1 million. Seychelles—an Indian ocean archipelago made up of 115 islands—is Africa’s smallest country, with a total population of about 98,000. The list here details African countries ranked by population size