World Atlas: Congo, Republic. On this page you can see the map, country flag and many detailed information about the people, history and economy of Congo, Republic.
Here you can find online selected information about the geography, inhabitants, government, economy and history of Congo, Republic. Included are selected statistics, an overview map and the detailed map of Congo, Republic. But let's start with the flag of Congo, Republic here:
Congo, Republic - Overview:
What you should know about Congo, Republic? Let's start with this: Upon independence in 1960, the former French region of Middle Congo became the Republic of the Congo. A quarter century of experimentation with Marxism was abandoned in 1990 and a democratically elected government took office in 1992. A brief civil war in 1997 restored former Marxist President Denis Sassou-nguesso, and ushered in a period of ethnic and political unrest. Southern-based rebel groups agreed to a final peace accord in March 2003. The Republic of Congo is one of Africa's largest petroleum producers, but with declining production it will need new offshore oil finds to sustain its oil earnings over the long term.
Geography of Congo, Republic
Where on the globe is Congo, Republic? The location of this country is Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon. Total area of Congo, Republic is 342,000 sq km, of which 341,500 sq km is land. So this is quite a large country. How could we describe the terrain of the country? This way: coastal plain, southern basin, central plateau, northern basin. The lowest point of Congo, Republic is Atlantic Ocean 0 m, the highest point Mount Berongou 903 m. And the climate is tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equato.
Inhabitants of Congo, Republic
Let's take a look how many people live in Congo, Republic. The number is: 4,954,674. So this is not very populous country. Who lives here? Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3%. What are the languages in Congo, Republic? French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread). And the religions: Roman Catholic 33.1%, Awakening Churches/Christian Revival 22.3%, Protestant 19.9%, Salutiste 2.2%, Muslim 1.6%, Kimbanguiste 1.5%, other 8.1%, none 11.3% (2010 est.). How old are the people in average? 19.7 years. We have to add that this number is the median - so one half of the people is older than this, one half is younger. And what is their life expectancy (at birth)? This: 59.8 years. Where the people live in Congo, Republic? Here: the population is primarily located in the south, in and around the capital of Brazzaville. The major urban areas of Congo, Republic are: Brazzaville (capital) 1.888 million; Pointe-Noire 969,000 (2015).
Government and Economy of Congo, Republic
The capital of Congo, Republic is Brazzaville and the government type presidential republic. Let's take a look at the administrative divisions - 12 departments (departments, singular - department); Bouenza, Brazzaville, Cuvette, Cuvette-Ouest, Kouilou, Lekoumou, Likouala, Niari, Plateaux, Pointe-Noire, Pool, Sangha. Regarding the economy of Congo, Republic, important industrial products are petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes. Important agricultural products are cassava (manioc, tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa; forest products. The most important export commodities are petroleum, lumber, plywood, sugar, cocoa, coffee, diamonds and the most important export partners are China 39.8%, Italy 10.2%, Australia 7%, Gabon 6.6%, Angola 6%, Singapore 4.2% (2016). The most important import commodities are capital equipment, construction materials, foodstuffs and the most important import partners are South Korea 18.2%, France 12.8%, China 12.2%, Norway 11.2%, Belgium 6.9% (2016). How rich is Congo, Republic and how rich are people in this country? The most important number here is GDP per capita (PPP): $6,700 (2017 est.). This is quite a low number. Let's add that this means Gross Domestic Product per person, which is recalculated with respect to the relative cost of local goods and services. And one more important number - population below poverty line: 46.5% (2011 est.).