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Republic of the Congo



Location: Western Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Angola and Gabon

Area: 342,000 sq km

Climate: tropical; rainy season (March to June); dry season (June to October); constantly high temperatures and humidity; particularly enervating climate astride the Equator

Terrain: coastal plain, southern basin, central plateau, northern basin

Population: 2,716,814 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%

Languages: French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo has the most users)

Capital: Brazzaville



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