Fascinating Facts

Borderjumpers

This is actually just for us, but maybe someone else might find it interesting. Just a few quick facts about the countries on our list.

 

Capitals, Languages, Religion

Country Capital Official language Other spoken languages Religion
Botswana Gaborone Setswana, English Kalanga (Sekalanga), while other languages include Sarwa (Sesarwa), Ndebele, !Xóõ and in some parts Afrikaans Christian  72.1%
Muslim  0.4%
Unaffiliated  20.6%
Traditional  6%
Burundi Bujumbura Kirundi, French Swahili Christian  91.5%
Muslim  2.8%
Tribal  5.7%
Ethiopia Addis Ababa Amharic Tigrinya, Oromo, Gurage, Somali, Arabic, 80 other local languages, English (major foreign language taught in schools) Christian  62.8&
Muslim  34.6%
Tribal  2.6%
Kenya Nairobi English, Kiswahili Numerous indigenous languages Christian  84.7%
Muslim  9.7%
Unaffiliated  2.5%
Hindu  0.1%
Tribal  1.7%
Other  1.2%
Malawi Lilongwe English, Nyanja (Chichewa, Chewa) Lomwe, Tumbuka, Yao, other languages important regionally. Christian  82.7%
Muslim  13%
Tribal  1.7%
Mozambique Maputo Portuguese Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, numerous other indigenous languages. Christian  56.7%
Muslim  18%
Unaffiliated  17.9%
Tribal  7.4%
Namibia Windhoek English Afrikaans, German, Oshivambo, Herero, Nama. Christian  97.5%
Muslim  0.3%
Rwanda Kigali Rwanda (Kinyarwanda, Bantu vernacular) French, English Kiswahili (Swahili) Christian 93.4%
Muslim 1.8%
Unaffiliated 3.6%
Tribal 1%
South Africa Pretoria, Cape Town, Bloemfontein 11 official languages: Afrikaans, English, isiNdebele, Pedi, Sesotho, siSwati, Xitsonga, Tswana, Tshivenda, isiXhosa, isiZulu Christian  81.2%
Muslim  1.7%
Unafilliated  14.9%
Hindu  1.1%
Jewish  0.1%
Tribal  0.4%
Tanzania Dar es Salaam Kiswahili (Swahili), swKiunguju (name for Swahili in Zanzibar), English Arabic, Gogo, Haya, Makonde, Nyakyusa, Nyamwezi, Sukuma, Tumbuka Christian  61.4%
Muslim  35.2%
Tribal  1.8%
Uganda Kampala English, Swahili Ganda (Luganda; most widely used of the Niger-Congo languages, preferred for native language publications), other Niger-Congo languages, Nilo-Saharan languages, Acoli, Swahili, Arabic Christian  86.7%
Muslim  11.5%
Zambia Lusaka English Bemba, Kaonda, Lozi, Lunda, Luvale, Nyanja, Tonga, about 70 other languages. Christian  97.6%
Muslim  0.5%
Tribal  0.3%
Zimbabwe Harare English Shona, Sindebele, other minor dialects like Sotho and Nambya, Shangani, Venda, Chewa, Nyanja, and Tonga. Christian  87%
Unafilliated  7.9%
Tribal  3.8%
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Currencies, exchange rates, inflation

Country Currency Minor unit 29 January 2015
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Inflation
Botswana Pula 1/100 = Thebe P 0.84 P 9.66 6.10%
Burundi Burundian Franc 1/100 = Centime BIF 136.20 BIF 1,569.59 9.30%
Ethiopia Ethiopian Birr 1/100 = Santim Br 1.759 Br 20.27 8.40%
Kenya Kenyan Shilling 1/100 = Cent KSh 7.95 Ksh 91.61 5.80%
Malawi Malawian Kwacha 1/100 = Tambala MK 39.29 MK 452.61 26.90%
Mozambique Metical 1/100 = Centavo MT 2.92 MT 33.57 4.40%
Namibia Namibian Dollar 1/100 = Cent N$ 1.00 N$ 11.52 5.50%
Rwanda Rwandan Franc 1/100 = Centime RWF 59.72 RWF 688.68 5.90%
South Africa Rand 1/100 = Cent R 1.00 R 11.52 5.80%
Tanzania Tanzanian Shilling 1/100 = Cent TZS 154.89 TZS 1,784.38 7.80%
Uganda Ugandan Shilling 1/100 = Ush 248.26 Ush 2,860.00 6.20%
Zambia Zambian Kwacha 1/100 = Ngwee ZK 0.56 ZK 6.54 7.80%
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Zimbabwe Zim Dollar 1/100 = Cent Z$ 31.41 Z$ 361.90 8.50%
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Area, Population

Country Area (km2) Population Density: Persons per km2
Botswana 600,370 1,853,000 3.09
Burundi 27,830 8,436,000 303.13
Ethiopia 1,127,127 86,834,000 77.04
Kenya 582,650 40,910,000 70.21
Malawi 118,480 15,879,252 134.02
Mozambique 801,590 22,017,000 27.47
Namibia 825,418 2,138,000 2.59
Rwanda 26,338 10,208,000 387.58
South Africa 1,219,912 49,004,031 40.17
Tanzania 945,087 42,176,000 44.63
Uganda 236,040 34,612,250 146.64
Zambia 752,614 13,585,000 18.05
Zimbabwe 390,580 12,084,304 30.94
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2011 estimates

 

References:              
a.  http://www.xe.com/currency/
b.  http://www.nationsonline.org/oneworld/african_languages.htm
c.  www.tradingeconomics.com
d.  http://simple.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_area
e.  htttp://simple.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_African_countries_by_population
f.  http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religions_by_country
g.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Visa_requirements_for_South_African_citizens
h.  http://www.news24.com/Travel/International/New-Kenya-visa-requirements-for-South-Africans-20140617

 

2 responses to “Fascinating Facts

  1. barry& anne arthur

    We knew you had to do a lot of preparation….. the rest of your trip should be a doddle! Hope to be back here next year…in Botswana,Namibia or Limpipo….may see you on your way south! Best wishes barry & anne

    • Dorette van Heerden

      Thanks! It was really nice meeting you. We hope you have a good flight back to the UK and to maybe see you one day again. You never know!

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