THE KINGDOM OF CONGO

By Bao Huynh

CULTURE

Languages: French (official), Lin gala (a lingual francs trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Swahili or Swahili), Kongo, Lubumbashi.

Religions: Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes synthetic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%

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FOOD

The main foods within the Democratic Republic of Congo include maize, rice, cassava (manioc), sweet potatoes, yam, taro, plantain, tomatoes, pumpkin and varieties of peas and nuts. These foods are eaten throughout the country, but there are also regional dishes.

GOVERNMENT

Government type: republic


population:67.51 million (2013)

the president of congo is joseph kabila

ECONOMY/GDP

GDP (purchasing power parity):

$57.78 billion (2014 est.)


GDP - per capital: $700 (2014 est.)


The economy survives because It is the world’s largest producer of cobalt (49% of the world production in 2009) and of industrial diamonds (30%). It is also a large producer of gemstone diamonds (6%), it has around 2/3 of the world’s deposits of coltan and significant deposits of copper and tin. At the same time, it has the world’s worst growth rate and the 8th lowest GDP per capita over last 40 years.

NATIONAL MOTTO

The national motto, "Justice, Pa ix, Travail" ("Justice, Peace, Work") is displayed on a ribbon below. Flag of Democratic Republic of the Congo. Motto: "Justice, Pa ix, Travail" ("Justice, Peace, Work")

WHY SHOULD WE GO THERE

1. Bonobos and the eastern lowland gorillas can be found only in Congo. Both species are endangered because of pollution, deforestation, and bush meat trade. It’s possible that these creatures that is closest primate links to humans may become extinct.

2.This is the second largest country in the Africa continent. Its area is larger than territories of Spain, France, Germany, Sweden, and Norway put together with 2,344,858 square kilometers. It is slightly smaller than one-fourth the size of the United States of America.

3.This country has features of geography with mountain ranges in its north and west, volcanoes and lakes in its region, a central plain having the mighty Congo flows through it.