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 www.xe.com

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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