Central African Republic

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  • Area: 622,984 sq. km (240,535 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 5,507,257 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 2.12% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 52.3 years (2016)
  • Languages: French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), tribal languages
  • Religions: indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%
  • Alternate names: Centrafrique, Central African Empire, Empire Centrafricaine, Ködörösêse tî Bêafrîka, Oubangui-Chari, République Centrafricaine, Territoire de l’Oubangui, Ubangi-Shari, Ubangui-Shari
  • Government type: presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state: President Faustin-Archange TOUADERA; head of government: Prime Minister Simplice SARANDJI
  • Capital: Bangui
  • Administrative divisions: 14 prefectures, 2 economic prefectures, and 1 commune
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $600 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: diamonds, timber, cotton, coffee
  • Imports: food, textiles, petroleum products, machinery, electrical equipment, motor vehicles, chemicals, pharmaceuticals
  • Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF)

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