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Democratic Republic of Congo


BASIC FACTS

 

Area 2,344,860 Km2
Population 79.301 Millions
HDI Rank 186 (over 186 countries)
Capital City Kinshasa (approx 8 million)
Demographic distribution 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
Spoken languages French (official), Lingala, Swahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba.
Religious beliefs Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other sects and indigenous beliefs 10%.
Political regime Parti du Peuple pour la Réconstruction et la Démocratie (PPRD), Mouvement pour la Libération du Congo (MLC), Union pour la Démocratie et le Progrès Social (UDPS), Union Pour La Nation Congolaise (UNC), Rassemblement Congolais pour la Démocratie (RCD), Mouvement Social pour la Renouveau (MSR), Parti Unifié Lumumbiste (PALU), Forces du Renouveau, Union des Democrates Mobutistes (UDEMO), Coalition des Democrates Congolais (CODECO), Union Nationale de Federalistes en Congo (UNAFEC), RCD-Nationale (RCD-N),
Head of State Joseph Kabila (President), Augustin Matata Ponyo (Prime Minister)
Associations with International Organisations UN, African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community(SADC), and Community of East and Southern African States (COMESA).
Investment Promotion Agency Agence Nationale pour la Promotion des Investissements
(http://www.anapi.org)
Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook