10 Facts about Congo

Wednesday, March 2nd 2016. | Countries

One country located in Central Africa is explained on Facts about Congo. The official name of this country is Democratic Republic of the Congo. People simply call it Congo, Congo-Kinshasa, RDC, DRC, DR Congo or even DROC. It was called Zaire in 1971 until 1997. The countries which share with Congo include Zambia, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda, Tanzania, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, and South Sudan. Get other interesting facts about Congo below:

Facts about Congo 1: the area of Congo

If you look at Congo based on the area, it is ranked as the second largest country in Africa. The people who live here are around 75 million individuals.

Facts about Congo 2: Mobutu Sese Seko

One of the important events in Congo was the end of reign of Mobutu Sese Seko. He was the leader for 31 years. It was ended because the Congolese civil wars broke out in 1996.

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Facts about Congo 3: the involvement in the wars

There were around 5.4 million people died because of the Congolese civil wars. At the end, there were several groups of peacekeepers from United Nations, nine African countries and 20 armed groups involved in the wars.

Facts about Congo 4: the natural resources

The natural resources in Congo are very abundant. However, this country is very poor due to the deep rooted corruption, political instability, and a lack of infrastructure, exploitation, and colonial extraction.

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Congo People

Facts about Congo 5: the prominent cities

The prominent cities in Congo include Kinshasa, Mbuji-Mayi and Lubumbashi. The latter two cities are famous with their mines.

Facts about Congo 6: the major exports

The raw materials are considered as the main exports of Congo. In 2012, more than 50 percent of Congo’s export was accepted by China.



Facts about Congo 7: the HDI

Do you know that the HDI or Human Development Index of Congo is low? Of 187 countries, Congo is ranked at the 176th. Read facts about Colombia here.

Facts about Congo 8: the culture of Congo

Before the era of colonialism, the culture of Congo was diverse based on the ethnic groups in the country. The colonialism was brought in 19th century and it altered the traditional life of the people.

Facts about Congo

Facts about Congo

Facts about Congo 9: the inhabitants of Condo

Around 30 percent of the people in Congo live in urban area. They are open to the western influence.  The rural people are 60 percent from the whole population.

Facts about Congo 10: the traditional art of Congo

The traditional art of Congo is associated with the production of wooden statues and masks. Get facts about Comoros here.

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