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The Republic of Congo, also known as Congo-Brazzaville, West Congo, the Congo Republic[5] or simply Congo, is a country in Central Africa. The region was dominated by Bantu-speaking tribes, who built trade links leading into the Congo River basin. Congo-Brazzaville was formerly part of the French colony of Equatorial Africa.[6] Upon independence in 1960, the former colony of French Congo became the Republic of the Congo.

Languages: French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread), Cook Islands
Ethnic Groups: Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%,Teke 17%, M'Bochi 12%, other groups 3%

Belief Systems: Protestantism 51.4%, Roman Catholicism 30.1%, other Christian 4.4%, other religions 14.1%

Demographics:

Population: 4.42 million people (World Rank: 124th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 33.5 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 218th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 2.15 %/yr (World Rank: 49th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 54.1 years (World Rank: 218th) (2009 estimate)
Median Age: 18.9 years (World Rank: 161st) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Congo
Map from the Cartographic Division of the United Nations

United Nations Country Profile for the Republic of Congo

Congo - Wikipedia Entry

Congo- General Information
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Congo

Culture and Tourism:

Tourism Congo
All about Congo as a tourism destination

Things to do in Congo
by tripadvisor.com

French Language Resources:

Learn French
Online resource for learning French

Government Related:

Congolese Embassy
Located in Washington D.C.

Congolese Government Websites
Directory of government websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger


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