The Free State is situated in the heart of South Africa. With more than 30,000 farms, producing over 70% of the country's grain, this province is known as South Africa's ‘breadbasket’.
The land in this province is high lying, at approximately 1,000 metres above sea level, and is predominantly flat and fertile.
Although agriculture dominates the Free State’s landscape, the Golden Gate Highlands National Park in the north eastern Free State is the province's main tourist attraction.
Languages: 64.2% Sesotho, 12.7% Afrikaans, 7.5% isiXhosa
Population: 2 745 590 (2011)
Share of total SA population: 5.3%
Area: 129 825km2
Share of total SA area: 10.6%
Population density: 21 people per km2