|Republic of Chad
République du Tchad
|Motto: "Unité, Travail, Progrès" (French)
"Unity, Work, Progress"
|Anthem: "La Tchadienne"
The Chadian Hymn
and largest city
|Ethnic groups (1993)||Sara 27.7%
|-||Prime Minister||Albert Pahimi Padacké|
|-||from France||August 11, 1960|
|-||Total||1,284,000 km2 (21st)
495,753 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||10,329,208 (74th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|-||Total||$18.261 billion (123rd)|
|-||Per capita||$1,743 (150th)|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|-||Total||$9.535 billion (130th)|
|-||Per capita||$910 (151st)|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.328
low · 183rd
|Currency||Central African CFA franc (XAF)|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+1)|
|-||Summer (DST)||Not observed (UTC+1)|
Chad (French: Tchad; Arabic: تشاد, officially called Republic of Chad), is a landlocked country in Central Africa. The capital is N'Djamena. (A capital is the city where the government is.) It was owned by the French until 1960. It suffers from poverty, illness, drought, and armed conflicts. In 2011, the population of Chad was 11,525,000.
Chad is the world's 21st-largest country. It is slightly smaller than Peru and slightly larger than South Africa. To the north is Libya, to the south is the Central African Republic, to the east is Sudan, and to the west are Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger.
The country's capital is 1,060 kilometres (660 mi) from the nearest seaport Douala, Cameroon. Due to this distance from the sea and the country's largely desert climate, Chad is sometimes called the "Dead Heart of Africa".
Lake Chad is the largest wetland in Chad and the second largest in Africa. Lake Chad was 330,000 square kilometres (130,000 sq mi) 7000 years ago. Now it is 17,806 square kilometres (6,875 sq mi). Chad's highest peak is the Emi Koussi in the Sahara.
The region's tall grasses and large amount of marshes make it good for birds, reptiles, and large mammals. Chad's major rivers are the Chari and Logone.
Since February 2008, Chad is divided into 22 regions. Before it was divided into 14 prefectures.
The regions are:
The largest cities in Chad are:
- N'Djamena - 704,200
- Moundou - 136,900
- Sarh - 100,100
- Abéché - 72,500
- Kélo - 41,500
- Koumra - 35,400
- Pala - 34,600
- Am Timan - 28,200
- Bongor - 27,100
- Mongo - 27,100
Chad's official languages are Arabic and French, but over 100 languages and dialects are spoken. Due to the important role of Arab traders and merchants, Chadian Arabic has become a lingua franca, a language for all to use.
The University of N'Djamena provides higher education.
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