Here are 17 facts about Africa you might not know

Here are some key facts and figures, courtesy of the Indo Asian News Service (IANS), about a continent that is not only one of the fastest growing regions of the world but one that is economically, culturally and linguistically diverse:

1. Africa is 10 times the size of India

2. Africa comprises 54 independent nations, the newest being South Sudan, which was carved out of Sudan

3. Africa’s population is 1.1 billion (almost the same as India’s)

4. Africa has a coastline of 26,000 km

5. Africa has a relatively young population, with 65 percent below the age of 35. In many African states, more than half of the population is under the age of 25.

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