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African Countries Larger Than Texas

23 African countries are larger in landmass than Texas, the second-largest U.S. state. In order, they are Algeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, Libya, Chad, Niger, Angola, Mali, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Namibia, Mozambique, Zambia, Madagascar, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Burkina Faso, Gabon, Malawi, Senegal, Guinea and South Sudan.

Each of the 23 African countries mentioned possesses its distinct history, culture, and political landscape. Grasping the expansive size of the African continent can be visually challenging. To illustrate, envision Texas as the second-largest U.S. state. Now, extend that mental image to encompass Africa—a vast landmass comprising 23 countries larger than Texas. This comparison emphasizes the considerable scale and diversity within African nations.


African countries that surpass the land area of Texas.

Imagine a country in North Africa that is so large it surpasses even the considerable size of Texas. That's Algeria.

Moving to Central Africa, picture a country with dense rainforests and vast expanses, larger than Texas. That's the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Head to northeastern Africa and envision a country with diverse landscapes, including deserts and the Nile River, larger than Texas. That's Sudan.

In North Africa, picture a country with expansive deserts and a Mediterranean coastline surpassing the size of Texas. That's Libya.

Visualize a landlocked country in north-central Africa, larger than Texas. That's Chad.

Move west to a country known for its diverse landscapes, including the Sahara Desert, larger than Texas. That's Niger.

Head to southwestern Africa and picture a country with vast coastlines and diverse ecosystems, exceeding Texas in size. That's Angola.

Envision a landlocked country in West Africa, known for its historic cities and vast expanses, larger than Texas. That's Mali.

Picture the southern tip of Africa, which includes diverse terrains, from savannas to mountains, larger than Texas. That's South Africa.

Move to East Africa and picture a country with highlands and the Great Rift Valley, larger than Texas. That's Ethiopia.

Imagine a country on the eastern coast of Africa, home to Mount Kilimanjaro and the Serengeti, larger than Texas. That's Tanzania.

Visualize a country in southwestern Africa, known for its deserts and unique landscapes, larger than Texas. That's Namibia.

Picture a country in Southeast Africa with coastal plains and inland plateaus, larger than Texas. That's Mozambique.

Envision a landlocked country in Southern Africa, home to Victoria Falls, larger than Texas. That's Zambia.

Move to the Indian Ocean and picture a large island nation off the southeast coast of Africa, surpassing Texas in size. That's Madagascar.

Picture a country in Central Africa with diverse landscapes, including rainforests and mountains, larger than Texas. That's Cameroon.

Head to West Africa and imagine a country with coastal plains and forested interiors, larger than Texas. That's Côte d'Ivoire.

Visualize a landlocked country in West Africa, known for its savannas and historical sites, larger than Texas. That's Burkina Faso.

Picture a country on the west coast of Central Africa with dense rainforests and a small population, larger than Texas. That's Gabon.

Envision a landlocked country in Southeast Africa with a large lake and high plateaus, larger than Texas. That's Malawi.

Move to West Africa and picture a country with a mix of coastal areas and inland plains, larger than Texas. That's Senegal.

Imagine a country in West Africa with diverse landscapes, including mountains and coastal lowlands, larger than Texas. That's Guinea.

Visualize a country in East-Central Africa, known for its rivers and swamps, larger than Texas. That's South Sudan.

The African continent is home to diverse cultures, languages, and ecosystems. The landmass spans over 30 million square kilometers (11 million square miles) and comprises 54 countries, 23 larger than the state of Texas in the United States. Understanding the continent's vastness is crucial in appreciating its unique history and significance on a global scale.

This article on Africa's visually complex sheer size aims to provide a quick understanding of Africa's landmass size. The comparison to Texas, one of the largest U.S. states, is a relatable reference point for understanding the sheer magnitude of Africa's landmass, emphasizing its global significance.

Did you know?
Imagine the North African county home to the Saharan winds weaving tales in the sands; smaller than Texas but looks are deceiving. That's Mauritania. While Texas is larger than Mauritania in terms of landmass, the visual distortion of map projections creates an illusion that Mauritania appears larger than its actual size.

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