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Travel Information for Cameroon
Time zone:GMT +1 (West Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:English, French Other languages:    Ewondo, Fulfulde
Currency: Cooperation Financiere en Afrique Centrale francs (XAF)

1 = CFA0.00, $1 = CFA587, £1 = CFA781

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.cmInternational Dialling Code:    237

For help planning your trip to Cameroon including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Cameroon trip planning page.

Further information on Cameroon

Discover more about Cameroon - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of cameroon

Total area: 475,440 sq km (6,000 sq km under water)

Coastline: 402 km (Gulf of Guinea)

Neighbours (border lengths): Central African Republic (797km), Chad (1,094km), Congo-Brazzaville (523km), Equatorial Guinea (189km), Gabon (298km), Nigeria (1,690km)

Climate: Diverse landscape and climate ranging from tropical along coast to semi-arid and hot in the north.

Highest mountain: Fako on Mount Cameroon (4,095m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Cameroon from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 130/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 146/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 131/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 136/174
Overall Ranking:    171/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Cameroon     Status: Independent Country

Population: 23,130,708 (rank: 53/196)     Density: 48.6 people/sq km (rank: 130/196)

Ethnic groups: Cameroon Highlanders 31%, Equatorial Bantu 19%, Kirdi 11%, Fulani 10%, Northwestern Bantu 8%, Eastern Nigritic 7%, other African 13%, non-African less than 1%

Religions: indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

GDP (PPP): $53.16 billion       GDP per capita: $2,400 (rank: 156/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.