Africa Facts - Fun Facts, Geography Facts, Travel Facts
By Anouk Zijlma, About.com Guide- http://goafrica.about.com/od/africatraveltips/a/africafacts.htm Is Africa a country? Some people often refer to "Africa" as if it is a country rather than a continent. Well, it is a continent and home to 54 independent, unique countries with South Sudan being the latest addition in July 2011. Each country has its own currency, flag, anthem, history, cuisine, music, identity and blend of cultures. In fact more than 2000 languages are spoken in Africa, and its 1 billion inhabitants are made up of over 3000 distinct ethnic groups. Africa is also bigger than most people think it is, even if they know it covers 30,221 sq km (11, 679 sq miles). If you combine the USA, China, India, Europe and Japan – they all fit into Africa. In fact the USA fits into the African continent three times.