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Capital: N’Djamena

Government: Dominant Party Presidential Republic

Current President: Idriss Déby


  • Although primarily agricultural, the economy will continue to be boosted by major foreign direct investment projects in the oil sector, estimated at 1.5 billion barrels) that began in 2000.
  • At least 80% of Chad’s population relies on subsistence farming and raising livestock for its livelihood.
  • Relies on foreign assistance and foreign capital for most public and private sector investment projects.

Population: 15,833,116 (2018)

Land Size: 1.28 million sq km (495,800 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Sara: 28%
  • Arab: 12%
  • Daza 11%
  • Mayo-Kebbi: 10%
  • Kanem-Bornou: 9%
  • Ouaddai: 9%
  • Hadjarai: 7%
  • Tandjile: 7%
  • Fitri-Batha: 5%
  • Other: 2%

  • Muslim: 53.1%
  • Catholic: 20.1%
  • Protestant: 14.2%
  • Indigenous African Religions: 7.3%
  • Other: 0.5%
  • Unknown: 1.7%
  • Atheist: 3.1%


  • French (official)
  • Arabic (official)
  • Sara (in south)
  • More than 120 languages and dialects



  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Hope Rises As UN Offers to Raise U.S.$50 Billion for Lake Chad - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Leadership] There is a glimmer of hope for the revival of the shrinking Lake Chad after the United Nations yesterday agreed to help in efforts to raise $50 billion for its recharge.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Buhari Rallies Qatar On Investments, Recharge of Lake Chad - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Premium Times] Investments in sectors like petroleum, power, aviation, agriculture, railways, and many others, featured prominently as President Muhammadu Buhari, on Tuesday, hosted the Emir of Qatar, Tamim bin Hamad Al-thani, at State House, Abuja.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Buhari, Guterres to Co-Chair Special Session On Raising Funds to Recharge Lake Chad - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [Premium Times] Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari has welcomed the acceptance of the United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, to co-chair a Special Session to raise $50 billion to fund the inter-basin water transfer from Central Africa to revive the Lake Chad.
  • Thu - Apr 18, 2019: Equatorial Guinea Opposition Leader Detained in Chad - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [RFI] Chad's government continues to hold the head of an Equatorial Guinean opposition party after he was arrested south of N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, last Thursday, according to the Spanish foreign ministry.
  • Wed - Apr 17, 2019: Hunger, Displacement and Disease - 4.3 Million People Remain in Dire Need of Aid in Chad - AllAfrica News: Chad
    [UN News] With Chad at a crossroads of life-threatening challenges ranging from violence to drought, the United Nations and its humanitarian partners appealed on Thursday for $476 million to support the most vulnerable of 4.3 million people relying on aid in the African country.