Republic of the Congo facts for kids
|Republic of the Congo
République du Congo (French)
|Motto: Unité, Travail, Progrès (French)
"Unity, Work, Progress"
|Anthem: La Congolaise (French)
and largest city
|Recognised regional languages||Kongo, Lingala|
|-||President||Denis Sassou Nguesso|
|-||from France||August 15, 1960|
|-||Total||342,000 km2 (64th)
132,047 sq mi
|-||2009 estimate||3,686,000 (128th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|HDI (2011)|| 0.533
low · 126th
|Currency||Central African CFA franc (XAF)|
|Time zone||WAT (UTC+1)|
|Drives on the||right|
The Republic of the Congo is a country in Africa. Its capital city is Brazzaville. The country was a former colony of France; it became independent on 15 August 1960. The north of the country has very large areas of rainforest, but in the south are many farms which grow bananas, peanuts and other crops.
Congo is in the central-western part of sub-Saharan Africa. It is along the Equator. To the south and east of it is the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also bordered by Gabon to the west, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to the north, and Cabinda (Angola) to the southwest. It has a short Atlantic coast.
The Republic of the Congo is divided into 12 Departments. Departments are divided into communes and/or districts.
The districts are:
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Alphonse Massamba-Débat's one-party rule (1963–1968) attempted to implement a political economic strategy of "scientific socialism".
Marien Ngouabi changed the country's name to the People's Republic of the Congo, declaring it to be Africa's first Marxist–Leninist state and was assassinated in 1977.
Denis Sassou Nguesso served as President from 1979 to 1992 and has remained in power ever since his rebel forces ousted President Pascal Lissouba during the 1997 Civil War.
Cassava is an important food crop in the Republic of the Congo.
Maya-Maya Airport in Brazzaville.
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