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Longest Country Name in Africa 2024

The Democratic epublic of Sao Tome and Principe

The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe is the longest official name of any country in Africa. Of course, many people are not in the habit of saying the entire official name of every country, which usually includes the type of government or legislation that was created during the inception of the constitution. For example, the USA is rarely called the United States of America in common conversation and even more rarely is it mentioned that it is the Republic of the United States of America. The country is often referred to as Sao Tome and Principe.

It is the second smallest country in Africa by population size, with nearly 200,000 citizens. It is followed by Seychelles, which is a popular tourist destination, known for its many beaches and tropical weather. The country has two twin islands, Sao Tome and Principe, which make up the name that it is officially recognized. There are many tourist attractions in this country, including Bom-Bom Island, Praia Banama, and its unique Obo National Park.

People's Democratic Republic of Algeria

The country with the second-longest official name is the People's Democratic Republic of Algeria. It is rarely called this in conversation, and many people simply know it as "Algeria". Algeria comes from the word related to the city of Algier, which translates directly to The Islands. It contains four main islands that surround the city's coast.

Algeria is known as one of the hottest countries in Africa and the world, as greater than 90% of the topography is covered by the Sahara desert. Algeria's landscape is only 12% inhabited by people, with most being nomadic. Algeria is a popular case among researchers, as it is known as one of the few Islamic nations that practice strict gender equality. 70% of the country's legal positions are filled by women, and 60% of all students are female. Algeria has safeguarded its traditions throughout the years, and many are surprised to find that it is a popular tourist destination to experience the ancient and unfettered culture.

Algeria is home to 44 million souls, which it impressive due to its extreme weather and climate. El Oued, a famous attraction, translates to the "city of one thousand domes". It is akin to a grand bazaar, where visitors can purchase and view footwear, clothes, textiles, and carpets.

The Central African Republic

The country with the longest common name is the Central African Republic, not known by any other shorter name. It gained independence relatively recently in 1958. Various groups exerted their control over the area and fought over the country's resources and wealth. Religious wars have scorned the land for decades. Despite its poverty and low standard of living, the country boasts many tourist attractions which are evidenced by its natural beauty through wildlife and national parks. The hot climate supplies the world with such important crops as maize, tobacco, sesame, and millet.

  • Some countries' names are different in English than in their official tongues. For example, Ivory Coast is Cote d'Ivoire, and Cape Verde is Cabo Verde. In these cases, the non-English spelling is used.

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Official Name
Common Name Length
Official Name Length
UN Member
Central African RepublicCentral African Republic2222
Republic of the CongoRepublic of the Congo1818
Sao Tome and PrincipeDemocratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe1835
Equatorial GuineaRepublic of Equatorial Guinea1626
Western SaharaSahrawi Arab Democratic Republic1329
Guinea BissauRepublic of Guinea-Bissau1222
South AfricaRepublic of South Africa1121
Burkina FasoBurkina Faso1111
Sierra LeoneRepublic of Sierra Leone1121
MozambiqueRepublic of Mozambique1020
MadagascarRepublic of Madagascar1020
Ivory CoastRepublic of Côte d'Ivoire1020
South SudanRepublic of South Sudan1020
MauritaniaIslamic Republic of Mauritania1027
SeychellesRepublic of Seychelles1020
MauritiusRepublic of Mauritius919
Cape VerdeRepublic of Cabo Verde919
EthiopiaFederal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia835
TanzaniaUnited Republic of Tanzania824
CameroonRepublic of Cameroon818
ZimbabweRepublic of Zimbabwe818
BotswanaRepublic of Botswana818
EswatiniKingdom of Eswatini817
DjiboutiRepublic of Djibouti818
NigeriaFederal Republic of Nigeria724
DR CongoDemocratic Republic of the Congo728
AlgeriaPeople's Democratic Republic of Algeria734
MoroccoKingdom of Morocco716
SomaliaFederal Republic of Somalia724
SenegalRepublic of Senegal717
BurundiRepublic of Burundi717
TunisiaTunisian Republic716
LiberiaRepublic of Liberia717
EritreaState of Eritrea714
NamibiaRepublic of Namibia717
LesothoKingdom of Lesotho716
ReunionRéunion Island712
ComorosUnion of the Comoros717
MayotteDepartment of Mayotte719
UgandaRepublic of Uganda616
AngolaRepublic of Angola616
MalawiRepublic of Malawi616
ZambiaRepublic of Zambia616
GuineaRepublic of Guinea616
RwandaRepublic of Rwanda616
GambiaRepublic of the Gambia619
EgyptArab Republic of Egypt519
KenyaRepublic of Kenya515
SudanRepublic of the Sudan518
GhanaRepublic of Ghana515
NigerRepublic of Niger515
BeninRepublic of Benin515
LibyaState of Libya512
GabonGabonese Republic516
MaliRepublic of Mali414
ChadRepublic of Chad414
TogoTogolese Republic416
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Which country in Africa has the longest name?

The longest country name in Africa is The Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe.

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