Overview - South Africa

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Capital:Pretoria (administrative), Cape Town (legislative).
Area:1,219,912 km²
Population:44,187,637 (2006 estimate)
Language(s):IsiZulu - 23.8%, IsiXhosa - 17.6%, Afrikaans - 13.3%, Sepedi - 9.4%, English - 8.2%, Setswana - 8.2%, Sesotho - 7.9%, Xitsonga - 4.4%, others - 7.2%.
Religion(s):Zion Christian - 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic - 8.2%, Catholic - 7.1%, Methodist - 6.8%, Dutch Reformed - 6.7%, Anglican - 3.8%, other Christian - 36%, Islam - 1.5%, others - 2.3%, unspecified - 1.4%, none - 15.1%.
Ethnic Group(s):Black African - 79%, White - 9.6%, mulatto - 8.9%, Indian and Asian 2.5%.