• Officially » Democratic Republic of the Congo
    Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    Flag of the Democratic Republic of the Congo

    • Often shortened as DRC and D.R. Congo.
  • Capital » Kinshasa

Not to be confused with the neighbouring Republic of the Congo

Facts

  • Population » 81.5 million
  • Major languages » French, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba
  • Major religions » Christianity, Islam
  • Life expectancy » 58 years (men), 61 years (women)
  • Currency » Congolese franc (CDF)
  • Kinshasa, formerly Léopoldville, is the capital and the largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
  • Kinshasa has a population of 15 million as of 2021
  • Area » 2.34 million sq km (905,354 sq miles)
    • Second largest country in Africa

Notes

  • A vast country with immense resources and, until recently, has been at the centre of conflict and war, with widespread civilian suffering the result.
Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Source » France, 2021)

Map of the Democratic Republic of Congo (Source » France, 2021)

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  • Congo is considered a dangerous destinations for travellers.
  • The political and security situation in the DRC remains unpredictable.
  • Violent crime including armed robbery and carjacking is a significant issue in the DRC.
  • The DRC has experienced armed insurrections for two decades. UN Peacekeepers are present. In 2018 a rash of violence broke out in Africa’s oldest National Park, Virunga National Park. The UNESCO heritage site has incredible variety of landscape, an exceptional collection of biodiversity, including critically endangered mountain gorillas. Also, the 2018 outbreak of the Ebola virus has been called the worst in the country’s history.
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This page was last updated on 2021.05.05 by Robert Vinet