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Country (long form) Central African Republic
Capital Bangui
Total Area 240,535.47 sq mi
622,984.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Texas)
Population 3,576,884 (July 2001 est.)
note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected
Estimated Population in 2050 6,369,257
Languages French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), Arabic, Hunsa, Swahili
Literacy 60.0% total, 68.5% male, 52.4% female (1995 est.)
Religions indigenous beliefs 24%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%, other 11%
Life Expectancy 42.17 male, 45.48 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $1,700 (2000 est.)
Industry diamond mining, sawmills, breweries, textiles, footwear, assembly of bicycles and motorcycles
Agriculture cotton, coffee, tobacco, manioc (tapioca), yams, millet, corn, bananas; timber
Arable Land 3%
Natural Resources diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydropower
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Geography of Central African Republic

Central African Republic, a landlocked country in equatorial Africa. It is bordered by Chad, Sudan, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, and Cameroon.

Geography of Africa

Africa, a continent, second in size only to Asia. For centuries it was known as the 'Dark Continent,' since except for its coastal regions little was known of the land.