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Democratic Republic of the Congo

Flag: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Geography
 
Location:Central Africa, northeast of Angola
Area:Total: 2,345,410 sq km Land: 2,267,600 sq km Water: 77,810 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 10,730 km It has borders with Angola 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of Angola's discontiguous Cabinda Province), Burundi 233 km, Central African Republic 1,577 km, Republic of the Congo 2,410 km, Rwanda 217 km, Sudan 628 km, Tanzania 459 km, Uganda 765 km and Zambia 1,930 km
Map: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Climate:Tropical. Hot and humid in the equatorial river basin. Cooler and drier in southern highlands and cooler and wetter in eastern highlands. North of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February). South of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)
People
 
Population:65,751,512 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 47.6% (male 15,718,614/female 15,557,058) 15-64 years: 49.9% (male 16,224,734/female 16,571,549) 65 years and over: 2.6% (male 680,313/female 999,244) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population
Religions:Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%
Languages:French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba
Government
 
Government type:Republic
Capital:Kinshasa
Independence:30 June 1960 (from Belgium)
Legal system:A new constitution was adopted by referendum 18 December 2005
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$44.44 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$700 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 55% industry: 11% services: 34% (2000 est.)
Industries:Mining (diamonds, gold, copper, cobalt, coltan zinc), mineral processing, consumer products (including textiles, footwear, cigarettes, processed foods and beverages), cement, commercial ship repair
Currency (code):Congolese franc (CDF)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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