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International Rankings of South Africa - 2024


SOURCE: 2024 CIA WORLD FACTBOOK

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This table lists the international rankings of South Africa, in all categories that are published in the CIA World Factbook, and those that we derived from them. Additional international rankings of South Africa, can be found in the main country ranks menu.
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Ranked Data Rank Value Year
Communications
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 52 2 2020
Broadband - fixed subscriptions - total 70 1.303 million 2020
Internet users - percent of population 44 72 % 2021
Internet users - total 26 42.480 million 2021
Telephones - fixed lines - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 57 2 2022
Telephones - fixed lines - total subscriptions 63 1.310 million 2022
Telephones - mobile cellular - subscriptions per 100 inhabitants 11 167 2022
Telephones - mobile cellular - total subscriptions 20 100.260 million 2022
Economy
Average household expenditures - on alcohol and tobacco 17 4.9 % of household expenditures 2018
Average household expenditures - on food 54 21.4 % of household expenditures 2018
Budget - expenditures 34 121.204 billion US Dollars 2020
Budget - revenues 40 84.190 billion US Dollars 2020
Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-) 71 4.4 % of GDP 0
Current account balance 24 15.569 billion US Dollars 2021
Debt - external 45 179.871 billion US Dollars 2019
Exports 41 130.885 billion US Dollars 2021
GDP (official exchange rate) 41 350.032 billion US Dollars 2019
GDP - composition by end use - exports of goods and services 117 29.8 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - government consumption 44 20.9 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - household consumption 114 59.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - imports of goods and services 41 28.4 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in fixed capital 96 18.7 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by end use - investment in inventories 57 0.1 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - agriculture 123 2.8 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - industry 66 29.7 % of GDP 2017
GDP - composition by sector of origin - services 71 67.5 % of GDP 2017
Gini Index coefficient - distribution of family income 1 63 % 2014
Household income or consumption by percentage share - highest 10% 2 51.3 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 2011
Household income or consumption by percentage share - lowest 10% 39 1.2 % share of income accruing to lowest and highest 10% of population 0
Imports 46 104.806 billion US Dollars 2021
Industrial production growth rate 71 6.12 % 2021
Inflation rate (consumer prices) 73 4.61 % 2021
Labor force 31 22.398 million US Dollars 2021
Population below poverty line 14 55.5 % 2014
Public debt 93 53 % of GDP 2017
Real GDP (purchasing power parity) 33 790.625 billion US Dollars 2021
Real GDP growth rate 89 4.91 % 2021
Real GDP per capita 107 13300 US Dollars 2021
Remittances 146 0.22 2021
Reserves of foreign exchange and gold 42 57.597 billion US Dollars 2021
Taxes and other revenues 58 23.3 % of GDP 0
Unemployment rate 2 33.56 % 2021
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - female 14 69.32 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - male 2 59.8 % 0
Youth unemployment rate (ages 15-24) - total 2 64.2 % 2021
Energy
Carbon dioxide emissions - from coal and metallurgical coke 7 387.835 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from consumed natural gas 62 9.361 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Carbon dioxide emissions - from petroleum and other liquids 32 73.163 million metric tonnes of CO2 2019
Coal - consumption 6 170.308 million metric tons 2020
Coal - exports 4 74.965 million metric tons 2020
Coal - imports 45 2.054 million metric tons 2020
Coal - production 7 248.388 million metric tons 2020
Coal - proven reserves 12 9.893 billion metric tons 2019
Electricity - consumption 21 202.286 billion kWh 2019
Electricity - exports 14 14.482 billion kWh 2019
Electricity - imports 29 7.823 billion kWh 2019
Electricity - installed generating capacity 21 62.728 million kWh 2020
Electricity - transmission/distribution losses 20 22.904 billion kWh 2019
Electricity access - electrification - rural areas 23 93.3 2019
Electricity access - electrification - total population 26 89.3 2021
Electricity access - electrification - urban areas 35 87.3 2021
Electricity access - population without electricity 23 3.000 million 2020
Electricity generation sources - biomass and waste 55 0.2 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - fossil fuels 44 87.9 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - geothermal 17 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - hydroelectricity 121 2.5 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - nuclear 25 5.2 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - solar 53 1.6 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - tide and wave 6 0 % 2020
Electricity generation sources - wind 53 2.6 % 2020
Energy consumption per capita 61 98.474 million Btu/person 2019
Natural gas - consumption 64 4.772 billion cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - exports 57 0 cubic meters 2021
Natural gas - imports 43 3.542 billion cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - production 65 1.230 billion cubic meters 2019
Natural gas - proven reserves 92 0 cubic meters 2021
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate exports 56 9000 bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil and lease condensate imports 21 397700 bbl/day 2018
Petroleum - crude oil estimated reserves 76 15.000 million bbl/day 2021
Petroleum - refined petroleum consumption 31 622500 bbl/day 2019
Petroleum - total petroleum production 46 97900 bbl/day 2021
Refined petroleum products - exports 44 105600 bbl/day 2015
Refined petroleum products - imports 36 195200 bbl/day 2015
Refined petroleum products - production 35 487100 bbl/day 2015
Environment
Air pollutants - carbon dioxide emissions 13 476.64 megatons 2016
Air pollutants - methane emissions 30 55.89 megatons 2020
Air pollutants - particulate matter emissions 82 19.75 micrograms per cubic meter 2019
Land use - agricultural land 6 79.4 2018
Land use - arable land 97 9.9 2018
Land use - forest 153 7.6 2018
Land use - permanent crops 82 0.3 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 7 69.2 2018
Revenue from coal 3 2.4 % of GDP 2018
Revenue from forest resources 99 N/A % of GDP 2024
Total renewable water resources 93 51.350 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - agricultural 34 11.990 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - industrial 21 4.090 billion cubic meters 2020
Total water withdrawal - municipal 30 3.110 billion cubic meters 2020
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 77 1.72 2025
Urbanization - urban population 74 68.8 2023
Geography
Area - land 29 1.214 million sq km 0
Area - total 29 1.219 million sq km 0
Area - water 145 4620 sq km 0
Coastline 45 2798 km 0
Elevation - highest point 218 N/A meters 0
Elevation - lowest point 35 0 meters 0
Elevation - mean elevation 30 1034 meters 0
Irrigated land 28 16700 sq km 2012
Land boundaries - total 36 5244 km 0
Land use - agricultural land 6 79.4 2018
Land use - arable land 97 9.9 2018
Land use - forest 153 7.6 2018
Land use - permanent crops 82 0.3 2018
Land use - permanent pasture 7 69.2 2018
Military
Military expenditures 42 0.7 % of GDP 2023
Population
Alcohol consumption per capita - beer 25 3.99 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - other alcohols 28 0.7 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - spirits 71 1.31 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - total 53 7.21 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Alcohol consumption per capita - wine 49 1.21 liters of pure alcohol 2019
Birth rate 70 18.3 births/1,000 population 2023
Child marriage - men married by age 18 40 0.6 2016
Child marriage - women married by age 15 50 0.9 0
Child marriage - women married by age 18 77 3.6 0
Children under the age of 5 years underweight 56 5.5 % 2017
Contraceptive prevalence rate 61 54.6 % 2016
Current health expenditure 35 8.6 % of GDP 2020
Currently married women (ages 15-49) 156 36.9 % 2023
Death rate 56 7.2 deaths/1,000 population 2023
Dependency ratios - elderly dependency ratio 116 8.4 % 0
Dependency ratios - potential support ratio 63 10.9 % 2021
Dependency ratios - total dependency ratio 107 52.2 % 0
Dependency ratios - youth dependency ratio 81 43.9 % 0
Drinking water source - improved 4 99.7 % of population 0
Drinking water source - rural 67 9.7 % of population 0
Drinking water source - total 72 3.3 % of population 2020
Drinking water source - unimproved 61 0.3 % of population 0
Education expenditures 20 6.6 % of GDP 2021
Gross reproduction rate 59 1.14 % 2023
Infant mortality rate - female 79 22.466 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - male 65 26.3 deaths/1,000 live births 0
Infant mortality rate - total 65 24.4 deaths/1,000 live births 2023
Life expectancy at birth - female 183 72.6168 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - male 97 69.4 years 0
Life expectancy at birth - total population 101 71 years 2023
Literacy - definition 2 15 0
Literacy - female 40 94.5 % 2019
Literacy - male 31 95.5 % 0
Literacy - total population 39 95 % 0
Maternal mortality ratio 58 127 deaths/100,000 live births 2020
Median age - female 149 30.3135 years 0
Median age - male 93 29.9 years 0
Median age - total 91 30.1 years 2023
Mother's mean age at first birth 86 N/A 2024
Net migration rate 61 0.3 migrant(s)/1,000 population 0
Obesity - adult prevalence rate 28 28.3 % 2016
Physicians density 116 0.79 physicians/1,000 population 2019
Population 24 58.048 million 2023
Population growth rate 73 1.08 % 2023
Sanitation facility access - improved 26 96.6 % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - rural 78 13.6 % of population 0
Sanitation facility access - total 83 6.8 % of population 2020
Sanitation facility access - unimproved 69 3.4 % of population 0
Sex ratio - 0-14 years 16 1 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 15-64 years 23 1 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - 65 years and over 40 0.73 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - at birth 12 1.02 male(s)/female 0
Sex ratio - total population 23 0.96 male(s)/female 0
Total fertility rate 70 2.31 children born/woman 2023
Urbanization - rate of urbanization 77 1.72 2025
Urbanization - urban population 74 68.8 2023
Transportation
Airports 15 575 2024
Heliports 38 49 2024
Merchant marine - total 83 110 2023
National air transport system - annual freight traffic on registered air carriers 36 716.250 million 2018
National air transport system - annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers 33 23.922 million 2018
National air transport system - inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers 24 243 0
National air transport system - number of registered air carriers 11 17 2020
Railways - narrow gauge 2 19756 2014
Railways - total 7 30400 km 2021
Roadways - paved 14 158124 km 2016
Roadways - total 9 750000 km 2016
Waterways 110 N/A km 2024

*CALCULATED FIGURES are those that we calculated from data presented by the CIA World Factbook. For example, we calculated population density by dividing the total population by the land area, the electricity consumption per capita by dividing electricity consumption by the total population, etc.

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