Description flag of Congo, Democratic Republic of the
sky blue field divided diagonally from the lower hoist corner to upper fly corner by a red stripe bordered by two narrow yellow stripes; a yellow five-pointed star appears in the upper hoist corner
Official country name
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Republique Democratique du Congo (long)
Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo/Leopoldville, Congo/Kinshasa, Zaire
Congolese (singular and plural) (noun) 0 (adjective)
French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba
66,514,504 ranked 20, (data 2008)
straddles equator; has narrow strip of land that controls the lower Congo River and is only outlet to South Atlantic Ocean; dense tropical rain forest in central river basin and eastern highlands. The lowest point is Atlantic Ocean 0 m.
10,730km, Angola 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of Angola's discontiguous Cabinda Province), Burundi 233 km, Central African Republic 1,577 km, Republic of the Congo 2,410 km, Rwanda 217 km, Sudan 628 km, Tanzania 459 km, Uganda 765 km, Zambia 1,930 km.
10 provinces (provinces, singular - province) and 1 city* (ville); Bandundu, Bas-Congo, Equateur, Kasai-Occidental, Kasai-Oriental, Katanga, Kinshasa*, Maniema, Nord-Kivu, Orientale, Sud-Kivu
according to the Constitution adopted in December 2005, the current administrative divisions will be subdivided into 26 new provinces by 2009
30 June 1960 (from Belgium)