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Democratic Republic of Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo
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Geography

Location:
Central Africa, northeast of Angola
Area:
total: 2,345,410 sq km
land: 2,267,600 sq km
water: 77,810 sq km
Climate:
tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)
Terrain:
vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east
Economy
GDP: $40.67 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 6.5% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $700 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 9% (2004 est.)
Currency: Congolese franc (CDF)
Exchange rates:
Congolese francs per US dollar - 437.86 (2005), 401.04 (2004), 405.34 (2003), 346.49 (2002), 206.62 (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: 3.07% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs 10%
Languages:
French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba
Government
Capital:
name: Kinshasa
time difference: UTC+1 (six hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Independence:
30 June 1960 (from Belgium)


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