Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Area: 2.34 million sq. km (about one quarter the size of Canada); vast central basin is a low-lying plateau, mountains in the east; largely dense tropical rainforest.
Location: Central Africa; northeast of Angola.
Population: Approx. 72 million.
Life expectancy: 55 years (vs. 81 in Canada)
Capital: Kinshasa (pop. 8.75 million).
People: More than 200 ethno-linguistic groups, of which the majority are Bantu.
Economy: One of the world’s very poorest nations; has immense diamond, mineral resources and agricultural potential.
Religion: 50% Roman Catholic; 42% Protestant/Independent, including 19% Evangelical.
Languages: 215, including French (official), Lingala (trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili); Kikongo, Tshiluba; and many tribal languages.
Languages with Scriptures: 30 have Bibles, 20 have New Testaments, 56 have Scripture portions.
Sources: Operation World, 7th Edition; World Factbook; Ethnologue
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