Democratic Republic of the Congo

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  • Area: 2,344,858 sq. km (905,354 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 81,331,050 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 2.42% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 57.3 years (2016)
  • Languages: French (official), Lingala (lingua franca trade language), Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%
  • Alternate names: Belgian Congo, Belgisch Congo, Belgisch Kongo, Congo Belge, Congo Free State, Federal Republic of the Congo, Federation of the Congo, Republic of Zaire, République Démocratique du Congo, République du Zaïre, Zaire
  • Government type: semi-presidential republic
  • Leaders: chief of state: President Joseph KABILA; head of government: Prime Minister Samy BADIBANGA Ntita
  • Capital: Kinshasa
  • Administrative divisions: 26 provinces
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $800 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: diamonds, copper, gold, cobalt, wood products, crude oil, coffee
  • Imports: foodstuffs, mining and other machinery, transport equipment, fuels
  • Currency: Congolese franc (CDF)

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