Travel Information for Democratic Republic of the Congo
Time zone:GMT +1 to +2 (2 time zones: Kinshasa time (+1), Lubumbashi time (+2)) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:French, Lingala
Other languages:Kikongo, Kiluba, Swahili
Currency: Congolese francs (CDF)

1 = FC1129, $1 = FC1012, £1 = FC1345

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.cdInternational Dialling Code:    243

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Further information on Democratic Republic of the Congo

Discover more about Democratic Republic of the Congo - 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

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Total area: 2,345,410 sq km (77,810 sq km under water)

Coastline: 37 km (Atlantic Ocean)

Neighbours (border lengths): Angola (2,511km), Burundi (233km), Central African Republic (1,577km), Congo-Brazzaville (2,410km), Rwanda (217km), Tanzania (459km), Uganda (765km), Zambia (1,930km), South Sudan (628km)

Climate: Tropical climate, hot and humid in equatorial river basin, cooler and drier in southern highlands and cooler and wetter in eastern highlands. North of the Equator the wet season is from April to October and the dry season is from December to February, south of the Equator the wet season is from November to March and the dry season is from April to October.

Highest mountain: Pic Marguerite on Mont Ngaliema (Mount Stanley) (5,110m) - Climb this mountain!

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Democratic Republic of the Congo 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 162/167
Economic FreedomRepressed 168/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 148/179
ILGA LGBT rightsLimited rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 154/174
Overall Ranking:    169/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)     Status: Independent Country

Population: 77,433,744 (rank: 19/196)     Density: 33 people/sq km (rank: 145/196)

Ethnic groups: over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population

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

GDP (PPP): $29.39 billion       GDP per capita: $400 (rank: 195/195)

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