Official English Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo
Official Local Name(s): République démocratique du Congo
Common English Name: DRC
Capital: Kinshasa

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Official Language(s)

French
Secondary Languages: Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba

Resources

Cobalt, Copper, Niobium, Tantalum, Petroleum, Industrial diamonds, Gem diamonds, Gold, Silver, Zinc, Manganese, Tin, Uranium, Coal, Hydropower, Timber

Neighbors

Central African Republic (North), South Sudan (Northeast), Uganda (Northeast), Rwanda (East), Burundi (East), Tanzania (East), Zambia (Southeast), Angola (West and Southwest), Republic of the Congo (Northwest)

Ethnic groups

Mongo, Luba, Kongo, Mangbetu-Azande

People

Est. Population:

81,331,050

Demonym:

Congolese

Religions:

Roman Catholic (50%)
Protestant (20%)
Kimbanguist (10%)
Muslim (10%)

Largest City:

Kinshasa (8,900,721)

Other Cities:

Lumumbashi (1,630,186)
Mbuji-Mayi (1,559,073)
Bukavu (1,012,053)
Kananga (967,007)
Kisangani (868,672)

Geography

Region:

Central Africa

Bodies of Water:

Atlantic Ocean (West)

Total Area:

2,344,858 km2 (96.7% land, 3.3% water)

Total Land:

10,481 km

Total Coastline:

37 km

Climate

Tropical

Terrain:

Vast central basin
Mountains in east

Highest Point

Pic Marguerite (5,110 m)

Lowest Point

Sea Level

Natural Disasters

Droughts
Flooding
Volcanic activity

Government

Type:

Republic

Heads of State:

President Felix Tshisekedi

Head of Government:

Prime Minister Sylvestre Ilunga Ilunkamba

Admin. Divisions

10 Provinces

Independence:

30 June 1960 (from Belgium)

Nat'l Symbol:

Leopard

Nat'l Anthem:

Debout Congolaise

Economy

GDP Per Capita

$800 (USD)

Currency

F (Congolese Franc)

Exchange Rate

$1 (USD) = F (Congolese Franc)1,616.00

Communication

Internet Code

.cd

Telephone Code

+243

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Cultural Notes

At least 200 different ethnic groups exist within the borders of the DRC.

Sources

https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cg.html (Majority of information)
http://archive.is/GJ6zo (City population data)
Wolfram|Alpha (Currency exchange data)
Information accurate to best of ability as of 29 October 2016
1 The four ethnic groups listed make up 45% of the population. There are over 200 others, the vast majority of whom are Bantu.