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Large Gorilla in Virunga, Congo
Large Gorilla in Virunga, Congo

Endangered Species

There are only around 1,000 individuals remain in the wild, making the mountain gorilla one of the planet's most endangered animals.
Photo by Luc Huyghebaert

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Africa

REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO

Africa

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Key facts

Capital: Brazzaville

Location: Central Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon

Government: Republic of the Congo

Currency: FRANC (XAF)

Area: 342,000 sq km

Population: 5,417,414 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: French (official), French Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo is the most widespread)

Religion: Roman Catholic 33.1%, Awakening Churches/Christian Revival 22.3%, Protestant 19.9%, Salutiste 2.2%, Muslim 1.6%, Kimbanguiste 1.5%, other 8.1%, none 11.3% (2010 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+1

Tel Code: +242

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