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Country (long form) Republic of the Congo
Capital Brazzaville
Total Area 132,046.94 sq mi
342,000.00 sq km
(slightly smaller than Montana)
Population 2,894,336 (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 6,936,675
Languages French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo has the most users)
Literacy 74.9% total, 83.1% male, 67.2% female (1995 est.)
Religions Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%
Life Expectancy 44.38 male, 50.85 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 Communaute Financiere Africaine franc (CFAF) = 100 centimes
GDP (per capita) $1,100 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum extraction, cement kilning, lumbering, brewing, sugar milling, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarette making
Agriculture cassava (tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa; forest products
Arable Land 0%
Natural Resources petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, natural gas, hydropower
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