Congo, Democratic Republic of the

Country statistics

Democratic Republic of the Congo

Land area: 875,520 sq miles (2,267,599 sq km)

Total area: 905,568 sq miles (2,345,410 sq km)

Population (2010 est.): 70,916,439 (growth rate: 3.1%); birth rate: 42.2/1000; infant mortality rate: 79.3/1000; life expectancy: 54.7; density per sq km: 30

Capital City: Kinshasa

Monetary unit: Congolese franc

Languages: French (official), Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba

Ethnicity/race: With over 200 African ethnic groups, the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes-Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic)-make up about 45% of the population

Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Islam 10%; other syncretic and indigenous 10%

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