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Justice, Peace, Work

 

General


Population: 71,712,867 (2011)
Land Area: 2,345,410 sq km
Natural Resources: Cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, industrial and gem diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydro power, timber
Capital: Kinshasa
Political System: Republic
State Leader: Joseph Kabila (2001)
Head of Government: Adolphe Muzito (2008)
Languages: French, Lingala, Kingwana, Kikongo, Tshiluba
Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)
Major Religions: Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
Major Ethnicities: Mongo, Luba, Kongo, Mangbetu-Azande, Over 200 other ethnic groups
Life Expectancy: 55.33 years (2011)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 12.6 billion (2010)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 23.58 billion (2010)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 300 (2010)
GDP Growth Rate: 6% (2010)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 37.4%, Industry 26%, Services 36.6% (2008)
Labour Force By Occupation: NA
Industries: Mining, mineral processing, consumer products, cement, commercial ship repair
Agriculture Products: Coffee, sugar, palm oil, rubber, tea, quinine, cassava, bananas, root crops, corn, fruits; wood products
Human Development Index: 0.286 (187th)
Tourism Revenue: 2 million (1998)
Unemployment Rate: NA

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Army Size: 64 800 (2004)
Budget: 2.5% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in south western Africa, it is bordered by the Central African Republic, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia, Angola, the Republic of the Congo and Tanzania. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has suffered enormously from the Second Congo War that lasted from 1998 to 2003. This war has crippled the economy and scared foreign investors, some fighting still occurs in the east. The Democratic Republic of the Congo has large amounts of natural resources, but will not be able to exploit them completely until stability is returned to the country.

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Sources

CIA World Factbook: Democratic Republic Of The Congo
Wikipedia: Democratic Republic Of The Congo
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/COD.html

Updated on: December 13, 2011