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Nigeria
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This country comparison is a concise, tabular overview of numerous data from our respective country pages for Nigeria and South Africa. For further information and explanations, we provide many details per country that go far beyond this comparison. For example, there are separate sub-pages for both countries on economy, climate, energy, refugees, inflation, population and much more.
In addition, we offer several international comparisons on individual topics, which are also linked on this page.

General information

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Region:Western AfricaSouthern Africa
Area:923,770 km²1,219,090 km²
Government form:Federal presidential republicParliamentary republic
Independent since:1960 AD1910 AD
Capital:AbujaPretoria

Population

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Population:211,401,00060,042,000
Inhabitants/km²:228.849.3
Life expectancy males:Ø 54 yearsØ 61 years
Life expectancy females:Ø 56 yearsØ 68 years
Average age:Ø 18.6 yearsØ 28.0 years
Birthrate:37.01 ‰19.77 ‰
Deathrate:11.42 ‰9.38 ‰
Migrationrate:-0.21 ‰-0.12 ‰

Quality of life

Values from 0 (bad) to 100 (very good)
See also: Explanations and country ranking on quality of life

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Political stability:1847
Civil rights:2454
Health:1231
Climate:5495
Cost of Living:5749
Popularity:3940

Economy

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Currency: Naira
(1 NGN = 100 Kobo)
South African Rand
(1 ZAR =100 Cents)
Unemployment rate:9.8 %33.6 %
Inflation rate:16.95 %4.61 %
Cost of Living:
(USA = 100%)
41.84 %47.12 %
Commercial taxes and contributions:34.80 %29.20 %
Average income:2,100 US$6,440 US$
Corruption index:76 (very bad)56 (bad)


 NGA:
total
per 1000
inh.
ZAF:
total
per 1000
inh.
Gross domestic product:440,777 M US$2.09 M US$419,946 M US$6.99 M US$
Gross national product:444,040 M US$2.10 M US$386,861 M US$6.44 M US$
Exported goods:39,937 M US$0.19 M US$130,812 M US$2.18 M US$
Imported goods:72,178 M US$0.34 M US$104,784 M US$1.75 M US$

Infrastructure

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NGA:
total
per 1000
inh.
ZAF:
total
per 1000
inh.
Roadways:195,000 km0.92 km750,000 km12.49 km
Railways:3,798 km0.02 km20,986 km0.35 km
Harbours:7910.00371050.0017
Passenger airports:220.0001220.0004

Energy balance

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NGA:
total
per 1000
inh.
ZAF:
total
per 1000
inh.
Energy consumption:24.72 bn kWh116,934.33 kWh207.10 bn kWh3.45 m kWh
Energy production:29.35 bn kWh138,835.87 kWh234.50 bn kWh3.91 m kWh
Energy export:0.00 kWh0.00 kWh16.55 bn kWh275,640.40 kWh
Energy imports:0.00 kWh0.00 kWh10.56 bn kWh175,876.90 kWh
CO2 emissions:115.28 m t545.32 t439.64 m t7,322.21 t

Telecommunication

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NigeriaSouth Africa
International dialing:+234+27
Internet domain:.ng.za

 NGA
total
NGA
per 1000
inh.
ZAF
total
ZAF
per 1000
inh.
Landlines:107,03112,098,80235
Mobile cellulars:204,228,67896695,959,4391598
Internet server:1,23404,761,00079
Internet users:75,047,25035542,029,397700
Broadband Internet:65,31301,303,05722

Healthcare system

Details for Nigeria and South Africa

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Hospital beds per 1000 inh.:0.502.80
Physicians per 1000 inh.:0.380.91
Diabetes:3.1 %12.7 %
Malaria:291.9 %1.7 %
HIV:0.44 %6.90 %
Tuberculosis:2.19 ‰5.54 ‰
Tuberculosis cure rate:88.0 %79.0 %
Smokers:3.7 %20.3 %

Climate

We also provide a more detailed climate comparison of both countries.
The data for each country can be found here: Nigeria and South Africa

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Daytime temperatures:33.7 °C24.8 °C
Nighttime temperatures:21.6 °C11.7 °C
Water temperature:26.6 °C19.6 °C
Rel. humidity:61 %62 %
Rain days:6.24.7
Sunshine hours per day:7.28.5

Native languages

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Zulu:n/a22.7 %
Yoruba:21.4 %n/a
Hausa:21.1 %n/a
Ibo:18.1 %n/a
Xhosa:n/a16.0 %
Afrikaans:n/a13.5 %
Fula:11.3 %n/a
English:n/a9.6 %
Sepedi:n/a9.1 %
Tswana:n/a8.0 %
Sotho:n/a7.6 %
Ibibio:5.6 %n/a
Tsonga:n/a4.5 %
Kanuri:4.1 %n/a
Edo:3.3 %n/a
Swazi:n/a2.5 %
Venda:n/a2.4 %
Tiv:2.3 %n/a
Ndebele:n/a2.1 %
Ijo:1.8 %n/a
Bura:1.6 %n/a
other:9.4 %2.0 %

Religions

 NigeriaSouth Africa
Christianity:40.0 %68.6 %
Islam:50.0 %1.5 %
Nondenominational:n/a15.1 %
Native religions:10.0 %n/a
Jewry:n/a0.2 %
other:0.0 %14.6 %


Data inventory and updates

A country comparison like this can be based on several hundred individual data items from dozens of different sources. All data are based on the most recent data available to us. Most of them refer to the previous year and are updated around March of the following year. If a country has not yet published data for the most recent or penultimate year, we present the most recent official data. Updates are made on an ongoing basis depending on the subject area or source, so there is no single "cutoff date" for this comparison. Sources for almost all data can be found on our respective country pages.