Republic of the Congo

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Congo on World Map

Continent – Africa

Region – Central Africa

Size – 342,000 km²

Geography – coastal plain, central plateau, northern and southern basin

Language – French, Lingala, Monokutuba Kikongo

Religion – 50% Christian, 48% Animist, 2% Muslim

Monetary Unit
– Central African Franc

Natural Resources – petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, gold, magnesium, natural gas, hydropower

Agriculture – cassava (tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa; forest products

Industry – petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes

Republic of the Congo Map

Neighbouring Countries – Democratic Republic of the Congo, Angola, Gabon, Cameroon, Central African Republic

Population – 4,662,446 (2014 estimate)

Population Growth Rate – 2.63%

Average Life Expectancy – 53.2

Capital City – Brazzaville (1,307,911)

Highest Mountain – Mount Berongou (903 m)

Longest River – Congo (4,700 km [total length])

Climate – Tropical, hot and wet 17°C to 33°C

Yearly Rainfall –  equatorial regions 140 cm (approx) mostly October to May


Plant Life – Typical rainforest trees including okoumé and limba, savanna grasses

Animal Life – jackal, hyena, cheetah, antelope; elephant, wild boar, giraffe, monkeys


Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Congo. Available: Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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