Congo - At a glance

Congos at a glance

Location Central Africa – from the Atlantic coast eastward to the Great Lakes of east Africa

Size 2,345,410km

Climate Tropical in the north, with rains from November to April. In the south, semi-dry savanna with rains from December to March.

Population 73 million (2011 estimate)

Life expectancy 52 years

Capital Kinshasa: population around eight million (2011 estimate)

Other major cities Lubumbashi, Kisangani, Goma, Mbuji-Mayi

Languages French (official), Lingala, Kikongo, Tshiluba, Swahili

Religion Christianity, Islam, Kimbanguism, traditional beliefs

Currency Congolese franc (Fc) . For up-to-date rates, go to

Airlines CAA

International airports Kinshasa N’djili (FIH), Lubumbashi Luano (FBM), Kisangani Bangoka (FKI)

International telephone code +243

Time GMT+1 from the Atlantic coast to Kisangani; GMT+2 from Kananga and Lubumbashi east

Electrical voltage 220V

Flag Bright blue with a five-pointed star in the upper left-hand corner, and a wide red stripe with yellow lining running diagonally from bottom left to top right

National sport Football (soccer)

Public holidays 1 January (New Year), 4 January (Martyrs of Independence Day), 1 May (Labour Day), 17 May (Liberation Day), 30 June (Independence Day), 17 November (Army Day)

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Congo articles

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Mbinda to Dolisie by road

Finding your way around isn’t always easy in the Congo, writes author Sean Rorison.


Congo Rangers

Sara Evans relates the struggle of the Congo Rangers to protect animal from man.


The Congo Dinosaur

Africa’s answer to the Loch Ness Monster, the possibility of a primeval beast wandering the Congos is a debate that has existed for centuries.


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