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The DRC borders the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania to the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Republic of the Congo to the west and the Atlantic Ocean to the southwest. It is the second-largest country in Africa by area and eleventh largest in the world. With a Population of over 78 million, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most populated officially Francophone country, the fourth most-populated nation in Africa and the seventeenth most populated country in the world.

Languages: French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana

 

(a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba

Ethnic Groups: Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, Teke 17%, and M'Bochi 12%

 

Belief Systems: Catholicism 36.8%, Protestantism 32%,other Christian 11.2%, Sunni Islam 6%, Shia

 

Islam 1.2%,Ahmadiyya Islam 0.7%, other Muslim 4.1%,Indigenous religion 3%,other or non-specified

1%, unaffiliated (4%)

Demographics:

 

Population: 73.3 million people (World Rank: 19th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 83.7 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 185th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.65 %/yr (World Rank: 26th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 50 years (World Rank: 226th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 17.1 years (World Rank: 186th) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Democratic Republic of Congo
Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo- Wikipedia Entry

Democratic Republic of the Congo - Country Profile

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Democratic Republic of Congo
All about Democratic Republic of Congo as a tourism destination

Virunga National Park
Africa's oldest park.

Lake Kivu
One of the African Great Lakes.

Zongo Waterfalls

Capital of Democratic Republic of Congo
Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Language Resources:

Learn Lingala
Free online resource for learning Lingala

Government Related:

Democratic Republic of Congo Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

 


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