Republic of The Congo
Republique du Congo

Capital
Brazzaville

Area
132,046 sq mi
342,000 sq km


Population
2,954,258 est 2003

Largest city
Brazzaville
pop. 1,169,900


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

Peoples
(south) Kongo 48%, (north) Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, (center) Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3%

Religion
Christian 50%, Animist 48%, Islam 2%

Life Expectancy
total population: 49.51 years
male: 48.51 years
female: 50.55 years (2004 est.)


Literacy
total population: 83.8%
male: 89.6%
female: 78.4% (2003 est.)


Suffrage
18 years of age; universal

Government
Republic


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