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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

President Joseph Kabila (elected 2006)



Associations with International Organisations

UN, African Union (AU), Southern African Development Community(SADC), and Community of East and Southern African States (COMESA).




Sources: Foreign & Commonwealth Office, The World Factbook




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