Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in the center of the African Continent, with a population of 73,599,190,
making it the 19th largest national population. Its capital and largest city is
Kinshasa with a total population of 9,046,000.
The country encompasses 2,344,858 square kilometers making it the 1
1th largest country in total area. It shares boundaries
with Central African Republic,
South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola and Republic of the
Congo.

President Joseph Kabila is recognized as the Chief of State and achieves that status through popular vote and holds that
position for five years and is eligible for a second term. Prime Minister
Augustin Matata Ponyo Mapon is recognized as the
Head of Government and
, along with Deputy Prime Ministers Alexandre Luba Ntambo and Daniel Mukoko Samba achieves
that status through appointment by the President and holds that position five years. Its form of government is a republic
and they celebrate the creation of their constitution on 12th of February 2006.

The languages commonly or officially spoken are French, Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, and Tshiluba. It counts among its
major religions Roman Catholic, Protestant, Kimbanguist, Muslim and other faiths. As sources of mass communication it
has 3 AM, 11 FM, 2 Short Wave and 4 Television stations.

Major geographical features are Pic Marguerite on Mont Ngaliema, its highest point at 5,110 meters and the Atlantic Ocean,
its lowest point at 0 meters. Its principal waterways are the Congo and Uele Rivers as well as Lake Albert, Lake Edward,
Lake Kibu, Lake Tanganyika and Lake Mweru, which measure 15,000 kilometers.

Major industries providing for the bulk of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) are mining, mineral processing, consumer
products, cement and commercial ship repair. Its official currency is the Congolese Franc.

Here’s something you may not know about Democratic Republic of the Congo. Established as a Belgian colony in 1908, the
Republic of the Congo gained its independence in 1960, but its early years were marred by political and social instability.
Elephants crossing the
Kwa River
Gorilla in the Rainforest
Hippos swimming in
Lake Edward
Lake Kivu
Lake Tanganyika on
Democratic Republic of
the Congo's border
with Tanzania
Mount Stanley, also
known as  Pic
Marguerite on Mont
Ngaliema- Democratic
Republic of the
Congo's highest point
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DEMOCRATIC
REPUBLIC
OF THE CONGO
Updated 25 February 2013
Adult Prevalence Rate:

People Living with HIV/AIDS:

HIV/AIDS Deaths:
4.2% (2003 est.)

1.1 million

100,000
Kikwit
The Congo River with
Democratic Republic of
the Congo across the
river
Two boys in a poor
Congolese village
Kinshasa-  Democratic
Republic of  the
Congo's capital and
largest city
Beach at Muanda on
the Atlantic Coast-
Democratic Republic of
the Congo's lowest
and westernmost point
Lake Albert on
Democratic Republic of
Congo's border with
Uganda
Boma River- the
northernmost point of
Democratic Republic of
the Congo on the
border with Central
African Republic
Luapula River ferry
crossing in the Congo
Pedacle- the
southernmost point of
Democratic Republic of
the Congo on the
border with Zambia
Soldiers flying over
Aba on Democratic
Republic of the
Congo's border with
Sudan
Tribal dress in
Democratic Republic of
the Congo
Goma on Lake Kivu-
Democratic Republic of
the Congo's border
with Rwanda
Kasai River on
Democratic Republic of
the Congo's border
with Angola
Liboke de Viande- a
Democratic Republic of
the Congo dish of beef
wrapped in banana
leaves
Ubangi River on
Democratic Republic of
the Congo's border
with the Central African
Republic
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