- About 70% of the population of 4.5 million live close to or in Brazzaville, the capital. This city served as the symbolic capital of Free France between 1940 and 1943 during the Nazi occupation. The city of Kinshasa (of the Democratic Republic of the Congo--yes, there is another country that surely sounds like this one--with a population of 9 million, is in viewing distance from Brazzaville, which was discovered by Pietro Savorgnan di Brazza, an Italian.)
- It is slightly smaller than Montana. The equator crosses through the middle of the country.
- Pygmies still survive as slaves of the Bantu tribe, and there is constant warfare.
- Republic of Congo neighbors are Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Gabon and, mostly, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
- They have a short coastline of 105 miles.
- Only 1.5% of their land is arable.
- Suffers from general pollution and the water is NOT potable.
- The official language is French.
- Religion: 50% Christian, 48% animist (followed by indigenous tribal peoples with varying mythologies and rituals, involving supernatural perspectives--not much different, actually, from all religions) and 2% Muslim.
- Life expectancy of 56, with the AIDS rate exactly 10 times that of the USA.
- GDP/capita is $4700 (U.S. is $53,000).
- They do export oil and gas. There is potential for gold, iron and phosphates.
- 27 airports.
- Unemployment rate is 53%.
- Populations below poverty line: 47%.
|Country||Last New Visitor|
|1.||British Indian Ocean Territory||0||Never|
|2.||Central African Republic||0||Never|
|17.||Saint Pierre and Miquelon||0||Never|
|18.||Sao Tome and Principe||0||Never|
|26.||Wallis and Futuna||0||Never|