Democratic Republic of the Congo

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INFORMATION

Capital: Kinshasa

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Joseph Kabila

Economy:

  • Much economic activity still occurs in the informal sector and is not reflected in GDP data.
  • Renewed activity in the mining sector, the source of most export income, boosted Kinshasa’s fiscal position and GDP growth from 2006-08.
  • Main exports: diamonds, copper, coffee, cobalt, and crude oil.

Population: 81,680,000 (2015)

Land Size: 2.34 million sq km (905,354 sq miles)

Major Ethic Groups:

  • Over 200 African ethnic groups
  • Majority are Bantu (make up about 45% of the population);
    • Mongo
    • Luba
    • Kongo (all Bantu)
    • Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic)
Religions:

  • Roman Catholic: 50%
  • Protestant: 20%
  • Kimbanguist: 10%
  • Muslim: 10%
  • Other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs): 10%

Language(s):

  • French (official)
  • Lingala (a lingua franca trade language)
  • Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili)
  • Kikongo
  • Tshiluba

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RECENT NEWS

  • Mon - Jan 22, 2018: Youth Think Tank for Great Lakes - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Iwacu] Those young people are from Burundi, DRC and Rwanda. They network for the development of the Great Lakes region by promoting entrepreneurial initiatives of young people.
  • Sun - Jan 21, 2018: Anti-Kabila Protests Turn Deadly - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Deutsche Welle] Protesters have taken to the streets of Kinshasa demanding that President Joseph Kabila step down. Police fired live ammunition and tear gas at demonstrators who marched after church services.
  • Sun - Jan 21, 2018: Congo Confirm Last Eight Spot - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [CAF] Second half goals from defender Carof Bakoua and substitute Kader Bidimbou inspired Congo to a 2-0 win over Burkina Faso on Saturday in Agadir and confirm their place at the knockout stage.
  • Sat - Jan 20, 2018: Congolese Refugees Refuse to Return Home - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [East African] Congolese refugees in Angola have said they will not return home despite an agreement between the two governments' officials to repatriate them.
  • Fri - Jan 19, 2018: Amid 'Dramatic Deterioration' in DR Congo, UN and Partners Launch $1.68 Billion Aid Appeal - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [UN News] Warning of a "dramatic deterioration" in the humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) over the last 12 months, United Nations agencies and relief partners on Thursday launched the largest-ever funding appeal for the vast central African country.