50 Fascinating Facts About Congo (Congo-Brazzaville)

The Congo Republic, or the Congo Republic, is also known as Congo-Brazzaville. This nation should not be confused with the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). It is bounded on the north by Cameroon and the Central African Republic, on the east by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the south by Angola, and on the west by Gabon. The South Atlantic Ocean borders Congo to the south. Historically, the Republic of Congo was controlled by indigenous tribes, French colonists, and Congolese. With its untamed forest and abundance of animals, the Republic of Congo is an incredible location to see and explore.

Fascinating Facts

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The Congo region has an area of 300,000 square miles (777,000 square kilometers).
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Each year, the area's population grows by 1.7 million people, increasing the demand for food, fuel, and housing at the expense of the forest.
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Basin forests cover the republic of Congo Six nations: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, and the Republic of Congo.
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Each year, the Congo Basin, which is second in size only to the Amazon, loses about 1.5 million hectares of forest cover. This equates to nearly one-third of Africa's annual forest loss of 4 million hectares - an area almost twice the size of Belgium.
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is the Congo Basin's biggest country, accounting for 12.5% of the world's remaining tropical rainforest.
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Brazil, Canada, China, Indonesia, the Russian Federation, the United States, and the Democratic Republic of Congo account for 60% of the planet's forest cover.
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The Congo Basin's woods are home to the highest concentration of animals, primates, birds, amphibians, fish, and swallowtail butterflies in Africa. There are about 1,000 bird species found here.
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Only the Congo Basin is home to all three-gorilla subspecies: lowland gorilla, endemic eastern lowland gorilla, and endangered mountain gorilla.
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Approximately 50% of the Congo Basin Forest has indeed been designated for logging.
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The Congo River, which runs through the forest, is the world's second-biggest river.
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Congo seems to be the only location where the Bonobo may be found. This chimp species is thought to be the most closely related to humans.
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The Congo basin rainforests are the world's second biggest. Approximately 70% of the nation is covered in rainforests. The forest covers Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, and the Central African Republic.
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As with any other rainforest, it is densely forested with vegetation and wildlife. It is home to more than 10,000 plant species and numerous endangered animals, including forest elephants & mountain gorillas.
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The Congo Republic is home to the world-famous Pygmy Tribe. The Congo rainforest is home to these tribal people. This tribe's members are little in height. The average Pygmy male is around 4ft 10in tall, while the average female stands approximately 4ft 1in tall! They are primarily woodland inhabitants who continue to rely on hunter-gatherers for subsistence. The country is rich in cultural variety. Additionally, food preferences differ per tribe. Typically, the tribe is protected by a spirit referred to as a totem (usually an animal). When a family has a totem animal, it is forbidden to consume that animal.
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The country exports various goods, including sugar, cacao, plywood, timber, and petroleum.
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In October 2017, the United Nations classified the DRC as a Level 3 emergency, the highest level of crisis, due to the intolerable living circumstances endured by about 4.5 million Congolese.
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Even though malaria is one of the DRC's most serious health problems, accounting for over 20% of fatalities among children under the age of five, organizations like the World Health Organization strive to promote malaria prevention, education, and treatment.
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In the DRC, men have a life expectancy of 48 years, and women have 52 years. In comparison, the United States has 76 years for males and 81 years for women. The leading causes of mortality include preventable illnesses such as malaria, respiratory infections, and diarrhea.
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Due to mounting pressure from the Congolese people, international relief organizations, and leaders of other nations threatening sanctions against the DRC, the Congolese government boosted its health budget by approximately 5% between 2011 and 2015.
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The Congo is referred to by several names, including the Congo Republic, West Congo, Congo Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, or simply Congo.
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The Republic of Congo has one hundred thirty-two thousand plus forty-seven (132,047) square miles (342,047 square kilometers). Congo is, therefore, a little bigger than Italy.
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The center of the Republic of Congo is Brazzaville, which encompasses 38.6 square miles (100 square kilometers). Brazzaville has a population of 1.9 million people.
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Republic of Congo is a nation in Central Africa.
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Although the Congo grows & produces a wide variety of goods, its primary exports include sugar, chocolate, plywood, timber, and petroleum.
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The Republic of Congo's primary crops include corn, rice, sugar, & tapioca (cassava).
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There are several tribes or civilizations in the Republic of Congo, but perhaps the most renowned is the Pygmy Tribe, which lives in the Congo's jungle. This tribe's members are diminutive in size, with the typical male measuring four feet & ten inches (4′ 10") tall. A woman's average height is four feet one and inch (4′ 1").
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The Republic of Congo is densely forested, with about ten thousand (10,000) tropical plant species.
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Numerous species inhabit the Congo, notably Forest Elephants, Chimpanzees, & Mountain Gorillas.
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The Central Africa Franc is the official currency of the Republic of Congo (CAF).
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French is the primary language of the Republic of Congo. Numerous other languages, such as Monokutuba and Lingala, are also prevalent.
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Congolese is a word that is frequently used to refer to individuals who live in Congo.
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The Congo River is the world's deepest and second-largest river in terms of discharge. This river reaches a depth of twenty - two (220) meters. It has a flow rate of 41,000 cubic meters per second.
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Each year, Congo experiences a rainy season that lasts from March through June. This region experiences a tropical environment.
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Gabon, Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, and Cameroon border Congo.
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The South Atlantic Ocean borders Congo to the south.
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The Republic of Congo is the world's 63rd biggest country. This is a ranking based on land area.
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Mont Nabemba is Congo's tallest peak, standing at three thousand hundred and forty (3,346) feet (1,020 meters) above sea level. Sangha Department is home to this mountain.
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Harpoon tips unearthed on the banks of the Semliki River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo date back over 90,000 years and are among the first instruments ever fashioned by modern people using a material apart from stone or wood.
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From the 14th through the 19th century, the Kingdom of Kongo governed a large portion of the region.
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DR Congo eventually achieved independence from Belgium in 1960.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo's recent history has been characterized by civil war, strife, and political turmoil. It was in the epicenter of what has been dubbed "Africa's world war," which claimed up to six million lives directly or indirectly.
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Following a military coup in 1971, the country became renamed Zaire, and the River Congo was renamed the River Zaire. In 1997, the nation was renamed the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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DR Congo is the 11th biggest country in the world and Africa's second largest after Algeria.
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DR Congo would've been landlocked if not for a 25-mile (40-kilometer) Atlantic Ocean coastline.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo has the potential to be one of the world's wealthiest countries due to its vast natural resources, which include cobaltniobium, tantalum, , copper, petroleum, industrial as well as diamonds, gold, zinc, manganese, silver, tin, uranium, coal, hydropower, and timber.
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DR Congo is the fourth poorest country globally in terms of GDP per capita power parity (PPP).
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Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is the world's biggest French-speaking metropolis, with a population of 11,587,000.
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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is host to the endangered okapi. The okapi, often known as the "forest giraffe," resembles a mix between a deer as well as a zebra. The okapi is found exclusively in the Ituri Rainforest in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Most of the the country's 6.7 million hungry people dwell in five east-central conflict-affected regions.
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There are 2.7 million internally displaced (IDPs) and 120,000 refugees in the DRC due to continuous war in the country and area.

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