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Republic of Chad
République du Tchad
and largest city
|Ethnic groups |
|Mahamat Idriss Déby|
|Albert Pahimi Padacké|
• from France
|August 11, 1960|
|1,284,000 km2 (496,000 sq mi) (21st)|
• Water (%)
• 2009 estimate
• 1993 census
|8.0/km2 (20.7/sq mi) (212th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|$18.261 billion (123rd)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|$9.535 billion (130th)|
• Per capita
|HDI (2011)|| 0.328|
low · 183rd
|Currency||Central African CFA franc (XAF)|
|Time zone||UTC+1 (WAT)|
• Summer (DST)
|UTC+1 (Not observed)|
|ISO 3166 code||TD|
Chad has one of the highest levels of hunger in the world. Food insecurity is common in the country. 80% live in total poverty on less than a dollar a day, and 90% are unemployed in Chad. Chad has a low life expectancy. Life expectancy is 54 years old in Chad.
Chad is home to 134 kinds of mammals, 141 bird species, 52 kinds of reptiles, 30 amphibians and 130 kinds of fish. Many animals such as elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, warthogs, giraffes, antelopes, lions, leopards, and cheetahs live in Chad.
Chad is the world's 21st-largest country. It is slightly smaller than Peru and slightly larger than South Africa. To the north is Libya, to the south is the Central African Republic, to the east is Sudan, and to the west are Cameroon, Nigeria, and Niger.
The country's capital is 1,060 kilometres (660 mi) from the nearest seaport Douala, Cameroon. Due to this distance from the sea and the country's largely desert climate, Chad is sometimes called the "Dead Heart of Africa".
Lake Chad is the largest wetland in Chad and the second largest in Africa. Lake Chad was 330,000 square kilometres (130,000 sq mi) 7000 years ago. Now it is 17,806 square kilometres (6,875 sq mi). Chad's highest peak is the Emi Koussi in the Sahara.
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<section end=table />ad since 2012
The largest cities in Chad are:
- N'Djamena - 704,200
- Moundou - 136,900
- Sarh - 100,100
- Abéché - 72,500
- Kélo - 41,500
- Koumra - 35,400
- Pala - 34,600
- Am Timan - 28,200
- Bongor - 27,100
- Mongo - 27,100
Chad's official languages are Arabic and French, but over 100 languages and dialects are spoken. Due to the important role of Arab traders and merchants, Chadian Arabic has become a lingua franca, a language for all to use.
The University of N'Djamena provides higher education.
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