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Congo

Congo
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Road Traffic:right side
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Geography

Location:
Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon
Area:
total: 342,000 sq km
land: 341,500 sq km
water: 500 sq km
Climate:
tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); persistent high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator
Terrain:
coastal plain, southern basin, central plateau, northern basin
Economy
GDP: $4.631 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 8% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $1,300 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 2.2% (2005 est.)
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (XAF); note - responsible authority is the Bank of the Central African States
Exchange rates:
Communaute Financiere Africaine francs (XAF) per US dollar - 527.47 (2005), 528.29 (2004), 581.2 (2003), 696.99 (2002), 733.04 (2001)
People
Population:
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 2.6% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%
Languages:
French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread)
Government
Capital:
name: Brazzaville
time difference: UTC+1 (six hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
15 August 1960 (from France)


Note: Information on Congo was mainly sourced from CIA's World Factbook and may represent an American point of view. To learn more about Congo, please visit one of the links below.


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