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Do You Really Love Africa? Top Facts About Democratic Republic Of Congo

Love Africa :) Facts About Democratic Republic Of Congo

Approximately 70 Million inhabitants, Over 200 ethnics groups.

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Neighbors: The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is bordered by Nine Countries. (Angola, Burundi, Central Africa Republic, Congo Republic, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia)

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Population: Approximately 70 Million inhabitants

Ethnic Groups: Over 200 ethnic groups

Major Languages: Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba, Swahili, French

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Size/ Area: 2,345, 410 sq km or approximately the size of Western Europe or Slightly less than one fourth the size of the United States.

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Income: $200 per year for an individual

Key Natural Resources: Diamond, Gold, Coltan, Uranium, Copper, Tin, Silver, Cobalt, Niobium, Timber, Hydro Power, Manganese, Petroleum

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Life Expectancy: 51 years

Religions: Roman Catholics 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, Other 10%

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Capital: Kinshasa

Provinces: 26 provinces

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Colonised: Belgium

Independence: The Democratic Republic of Congo gained its independence from Belgium on June 30, 1960.

Independence Hero: Patrice Emery Lumumba was elected as Congo’s First Prime Minister

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Leadership:

President Joseph Kabila ( January  2001 – Present )

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Laurent-Désiré Kabila ( May 1997 – January 2001)

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Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga (November 1965 – May 1997)

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Joseph Kasa-Vubu ( July 1960 – November  1965)

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Source: [Friends of Congo]

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