Country size comparison
South Africa is about 17 times bigger than Ireland.
Ireland is approximately 70,273 sq km, while South Africa is approximately 1,219,090 sq km, making South Africa 1,635% larger than Ireland. Meanwhile, the population of Ireland is ~5.3 million people (52.2 million more people live in South Africa).
This to-scale comparison of Ireland vs. South Africa uses the Mercator projection, which distorts the size of regions near the poles. Learn more. Note: Try dragging the outline to reposition.