Egypt ranked first in terms of population in North Africa (104.2 million people) and third in the African continent after Nigeria and Ethiopia. Such data was published on the occasion of Africa Statistics Day. It is reported by Al-Ahram on November 21. The data are given in a press release from the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS).
According to CAPMAS, Egypt's population is about 7.3% of Africa's population and 1.3% of the world's population. The country ranks 14th in terms of population in the world. Nigeria ranks first in the West African region with a population of 219.5 million, representing 15.4% of Africa's population. Ethiopia was the most populous country in East Africa with a population of 122.1 million, representing 8.6% of Africa's population.
The Central African region in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is home to 96.5 million people, about 6.8% of Africa's population.
According to CAPMAS estimates, by 2050 the African continent is expected to be home to 25.4% of the world's population. This figure is comparable to 17.8% in 2022.
The agency added that on November 17, the continent's population reached 1.42 billion, about 17.8% of the world's 8 billion population. The global figure is expected to reach 9.75 billion by 2050.
Thus, Egypt only strengthened its position in terms of "demographic weight". At the same time, the demographic burden also carries certain risks, primarily associated with a possible shortage of Nile waters due to the construction of the Renaissance Dam by Ethiopia. However, the unique geostrategic position, the most powerful military-political and demographic potential in the Arab world, and the status of one of the leaders among the Arab world automatically turn Cairo into a strategic partner on the continent.