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[FACTUAL] Size of Nigeria Compared to China

by Abbey


China, known officially as the People’s Republic of China is a nation located in Eastern Asia. China is the largest Asian country by both land mass and population size. In terms of land size, China is surpassed only by Russia and Canada, making it the 3rd largest country on Earth based on land size, and the largest based on population.

Map of China

Map of China


Nigeria which is known officially as the Federal Republic of Nigeria has its political capital in Abuja and economic capital in Lagos. Nigeria is the most populous nation in Africa and has also been ranked as the most populous black nation on earth with an estimated population of over 200 million people.

Geographically, Nigeria is located between the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean to the south and the Sahel to the North. Nigeria borders the Niger Republic to the North, the Republic of Chad to the Northeast, Cameroon to the East, and the Republic of Benin to the West.


Map of Nigeria

Side by Side Comparison of Nigeria and China

By landmass, China is about 9,596,960km2, whereas Nigeria is 923,756 km2. Therefore, we can conclude that China is 10 times larger than Nigeria. Also, we can say that Nigeria is 9% of the total landmass of China

Map of Nigeria and China

Map of Nigeria(L) and map of China (R)

How many Nigeria can fit into China

Superimposing China and Nigeria

Based on the total land mass of both countries, and by observation from the superimposed image above,  we can comfortably fit in 9 Nigeria into China.

Population of China as compared to that of Nigeria

China is the most populous country on earth with an estimated population of about 1.4 billion people according to the the World Bank. 

Per World Bank’s estimates,  Nigeria has an approximate population of 206.4 million people as of 2021.

We can therefore conclude that China is atleast 8 times larger than Nigeria based on population.

GDP of China

The people’s republic of China experienced astronomical growth in the last few decades due to intentional attempts by the Chinese government to give the country a voice in the post-cold war era. China’s economy grew more than 342%.

As of 2021, the World Bank estimates the GDP of the People’s Republic of China to be at 14.72 trillion USD.

GDP of Nigeria

Nigeria has been ranked as the biggest economy in Africa. Although the Covid19 Pandemic has affected all its economic sectors, including Oil which is the economic mainstay, Nigeria’s GDP grew by 0.51% in the first quarter of 2021 according to the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics 2021 report.

As of 2021, Nigeria has a GDP of $432B which is highest in Africa.

5 Facts about China

  1. The largest population on earth: China has the largest population on earth with at least 1 In 5 persons being Chinese.
  2. China is culturally homogenous: Unlike other countries where we have to preach and fight for tolerance and diversity, China has a population that is culturally homogenous with the Hans accounting for at least 92 % of the total population.
  3. Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language on earth: With about 1 billion native speakers, Mandarin Chinese is the most spoken language on earth.
  4. The oldest Neolithic settlement was established in China about 9000 years ago.
  5. The first calendar was created by the Chinese as far back as 2600 BCE.

5 Facts about Nigeria

  1. The Nigerian movie industry which is referred to as Nollywood is the second-largest movie industry in the world after Hollywood.
  2. Nigeria has the highest military coups in Africa with about 5 coups de tats in total.
  3. Zungeri an old town in Niger state was once served as a quarter of the colonial rulers in Northern Nigeria.
  4. The Nigerian constitution was a replica of the United States constitution even though Nigeria has never been colonized by the United States.
  5. The Kanem Bornu empire is one of the oldest empires in Sub-Saharan Africa. Today the empire has lost much of its influence due to cultural and linguistic invasion by the Hausas and Fulanis.


  • Abbey

    Abbey Johnson has a Masters degree as an engineer and has over 3 years of teaching and research experience. He is happiest when on a bike and is also interested in electric energy and computer Science.

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