Dr. Lorenz Weimann
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The six African countries competing in the World Cup are among the most populous states in Africa. However, they differ immensely in size: Nigeria's population of around 158 million is over three times larger than the host country South Africa, which according to the last census has just under 50 million inhabitants. But in other respects, too, the African continent is characterized by huge differences between the countries in the north and south on the one hand and the central African countries on the other, especially with regard to birth rates, prosperity and education.