South Africa has a population of 52.3 million people, and a land mass of 1.2 million km2. Life expectancy is 56 years, and with a per capita GDP of USD 6160, the country is classified as a higher middle income country. The country's GDP grew in 2017 with 1.3%, and totaled a nominal value of USD 349.4 billion.
South Africa is ranked at place 82 in the World Bank Doing Business Index, out of 190 countries in total. On Transparency International's corruption perception index, South Africa is ranked at place 71, out of 180 countries in total.
Norwegian exports to South Africa in 2017 were NOK 696 million. The same year, Norway imported goods from South Africa at a value of 2.351 billion.