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Republic of the Congo
|Republic of the Congo
République du Congo (French)
|Motto: Unité, Travail, Progrès (French)
"Unity, Work, Progress"
|Anthem: La Congolaise (French)
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Kongo, Lingala|
|-||President||Denis Sassou Nguesso|
|-||from France||August 15, 1960|
|-||Total||342,000 km2 (64th)
132,047 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||3,686,000 (128th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.533
low · 126th
|Currency||Central African CFA franc (
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+1)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Republic of the Congo is a country in Africa. Its capital city is Brazzaville. The country was a former colony of France; it became independent on 15 August 1960. The north of the country has very large areas of rainforest, but in the south are many farms which grow bananas, peanuts and other crops.
Congo is in the central-western part of sub-Saharan Africa. It is along the Equator. To the south and east of it is the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also bordered by Gabon to the west, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to the north, and Cabinda (Angola) to the southwest. It has a short Atlantic coast.
The Republic of the Congo is divided into 12 Departments. Departments are divided into communes and/or districts.
The districts are:
Books about the Republic of the Congo
- Maria Petringa, Brazza, A Life for Africa (2006) ISBN 978-1-4259-1198-0
- Department of Economic and Social Affairs Population Division (2009) (PDF). World Population Prospects, Table A.1. 2008 revision. United Nations. http://www.un.org/esa/population/publications/wpp2008/wpp2008_text_tables.pdf. Retrieved 2009-03-12.
- "Republic of the Congo". International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2011/01/weodata/weorept.aspx?pr.x=89&pr.y=0&sy=2008&ey=2011&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=634&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPGDP%2CPPPPC%2CLP&grp=0&a=. Retrieved 2011-04-21.