Democratic Republic of the Congo

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INFORMATION

Capital: Kinshasa

Government: Unitary Semi-Presidential Republic

Current President: Felix Tshisekedi

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: 101,780,263 (2020)

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

Major Ethnic 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

  • Tue - Aug 3, 2021: Intimidation, Threats Against Whistleblower - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [HRW] Exiled Activist Jean-Jacques Lumumba Targeted in Europe and Kinshasa
  • Sat - Jul 31, 2021: Ituri. Fleeing War, Weaving Life in IDP Camps of Bunia - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [IPS] Rome -- He moves aside the curtain, thin as gauze, and Follow @IPSNewsUNBureauthen bends over. The darkness dazzles for a few seconds when one enters the house--actually, a den made of earth where air and light filter through the narrow entrance. Jean de Dieu Amani Paye holds her tiny baby, wrapped in an elegant fabric, in his arms. He was a teacher of French and Latin and had a small business. He also cultivated the land: cassava, corn, sorghum, and beans.
  • Fri - Jul 30, 2021: Alarming Crisis of Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [IPS] New Delhi, India -- The Democratic Republic of Congo is one of the most hostile and dangerous regions for journalists. A complex conflict, deeply rooted in the country's past, allows very little freedom, both movement and the press.
  • Wed - Jul 28, 2021: DRC Prime Minister Visits Giza Plateau - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Egypt Online] Prime Minister of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde and his accompanying delegation visited on Tuesday27/7/2021 the Giza Plateau.
  • Wed - Jul 28, 2021: PM - Egypt Keen to Share Experience With DR Congo - AllAfrica News: Congo-Kinshasa
    [Egypt Online] Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouli has stressed that Egypt is fully ready for sharing its experience in a broad range of areas with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).