Democratic Republic of the Congo

related topics
{country, population, people}
{island, water, area}
{government, party, election}
{company, market, business}
{war, force, army}
{line, north, south}
{specie, animal, plant}
{style, bgcolor, rowspan}
{acid, form, water}
{god, call, give}
{area, part, region}
{land, century, early}
{city, large, area}
{black, white, people}
{woman, child, man}
{service, military, aircraft}
{@card@, make, design}
{album, band, music}
{system, computer, user}
{borough, population, unit_pref}
{theory, work, human}
{church, century, christian}
{water, park, boat}
{utc_offset, utc_offset_dst, timezone}
{law, state, case}
{village, small, smallsup}
{film, series, show}

Coordinates: 2°52′48″S 23°39′22″E / 2.88°S 23.656°E / -2.88; 23.656

The Democratic Republic of the Congo (French: République démocratique du Congo), formerly Zaire, is a nation located in Central Africa, with a short Atlantic coastline (37 km). It is the third largest country in Africa by area after Sudan and Algeria and the 12th largest in the world. The Democratic Republic of the Congo – with its population of nearly 71 million,[1] – is the eighteenth most populous nation in the world, and the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.

In order to distinguish it from the neighboring Republic of the Congo to the west, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is often referred to as DR Congo, DROC, DRC, or RDC (from its French abbreviation), or is called Congo-Kinshasa after the capital of Kinshasa (in contrast to Congo-Brazzaville for its neighbor). It also borders the Central African Republic and Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east.[1] The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre (25 mi) stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly nine-kilometer-wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the Gulf of Guinea.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly, in chronological order, the Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo-Léopoldville, Congo-Kinshasa, and Zaire (Zaïre in French).[1] Though it is located in the Central African UN subregion, the nation is economically and regionally affiliated with Southern Africa as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

Full article ▸

related documents
Slovenia
Ecuador
Foreign relations of the Philippines
Mongolia
Hakka
History of India
Sikh
French Canadian
Ethnic Germans
Moldova
Pakistan
Taiwanese aborigines
Flanders
Costa Rica
Taiwan
Han Chinese
Russians
Demographics of Germany
Zambia
Pashtunistan
Hmong people
Demographics of South Korea
Portuguese East Africa
Demographics of Chile
Lebanon
Irish diaspora
Nation
Chinese nationalism
Russia
Hispanic