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 map shows a size comparison of Ireland compared to South Africa. For more details, see an in-depth quality of life comparison of South Africa vs. Ireland using our country comparison tool.

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