Republic of the Congo

Motto

“Unité, Travail, Progrès” (french)
“Unity, Work, Progress”

Anthem

“La Congolaise” (french)
“The Congolese

Geography

Capital: Brazzaville
Largest City: Brazzaville
Total area: 342,000 sq km
Climate: Tropical, rainy season, dry season, persistent high temperatures and humidity
Natural resources: Petroleum, timber, potash, lead,
zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, gold, magnesium, natural gas, hydropower
Border countries: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon

People and Society

Population: 4,755,097
Demonym: Congolese
Languages: French (official), Lingala, Monokutuba, Kikongo
Ethnic groups: Kongo, Sangha, M’Bochi, Teke
Religions: Roman Catholic, Awakening Churches/Christian Revival,
Protestant, Salutiste, Muslim, Kimbanguiste

Government

Independence: 15 August 1960 (from France)
Government type: Republic
Chief of state: Denis SASSOU-Nguesso (since 1997)

Economy

Currency: Central African CFA franc
Exports: Petroleum, lumber, plywood, sugar, cocoa, coffee, diamonds
Industries: Petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes

Tourism and Attraction

Pointe-Noire
Odzala-Kokoua National Park

Sources:
Visiting Congo Brazzaville
The World Factbook