Interesting Congo Facts

Congo is a coastal country located in Western Africa where it is bordered by Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and the Atlantic Ocean. It occupies 342,000 km2 of land. The approximate population of Congo is in excess of 5,347,011.

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Congo Fact File: Continent: Africa * Country Name(s): Congo, Republic of the Congo * Location: Western Africa * Bordering: Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and the Atlantic Ocean * Capital City: Brazzaville * Size: 342,000 km2 * Estimated Population: over 5,347,011 * Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF) * Language(s): French * Country Code: +242

Interesting Congo Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Congo is located on the continent of Africa, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Angola, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon and the Atlantic Ocean. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Africa is the second largest continent in the world, it has 54 countries, spans a total area of 30,370,000 km2 and forms 20.4% of the world's landmass. Congo is a coastal country that stretches over a total area of approximately 342,000 km2. It is of average area size when compared to other African countries. The Congo is smaller than Zimbabwe but larger than the Ivory Coast.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this African country is thought to be more than 5,347,011 people. The majority of Congo's inhabitants reside in Brazzaville which is the country's most populous city. Congo has an average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 12 people per sq km. The estimated population of Africa is approximately 1,186,178,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the second largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital of Congo is Brazzaville. The names of other major cities located in this country are Pointe-Noire, Dolisie and Kayes.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following details provide a guide to Congo's approximate border lengths:
Coastline 169 km, Angola 231 km, Cameroon 494 km, Central African Republic 487 km, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1,229 km, Gabon 2,567 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
The Congo experiences a hot and humid, tropical climate with a rainy season that occurs from March to June. The Congo has a hot, humid tropical climate with a rainy season that occurs from March to June. The driest months of the year are June to October. The lowest point of Congo is the Atlantic Ocean at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Mount Berongou at 903m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Congo
Natural resources are materials and substances that can be found occurring naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of natural resources present in an individual country depends on varying factors which are influenced by the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, have many natural resources, where as some other countries have limited to none. Food, transport and construction are three of the primary uses of natural resources. For example, fish is a naturally occurring resource that can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into different types of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber from forests can be used to build homes and furniture. The natural resources found in Congo include petroleum, timber, potash, zinc, lead, uranium, copper, phosphates, gold, magnesium, natural gas and hydropower (water power).

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Congo is French. Numerous dialects are spoken across this country, one of the most common ones being Kikongo.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The primary religion of Congo is Roman Catholic at approximately 33% of the population. Other major religions include the Awakening Churches, Christian Revival, and Protestant. The rest of the population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Congo
Each country across the world has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, mottos, anthems and songs are used to symbolize the pride and individuality of a nation. These national symbols are forged through a nation's unique history and can represent both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, colors, songs and mottos reflect the past, present and future aspirations of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a nation such as wildlife, plants, geographical features, crops, tools of agriculture, and tools of war. The following facts depict some of the national symbols, songs and colors that are important to Congo:

  • National symbol(s): lion, elephant

  • National colors: green, yellow and red

  • National Anthem/Song: La Congolaise (Translation: The Congolese)

  • National Holiday(s): Independence Day, 15 August (1960)

  • National Motto(s): Unité, Travail, Progrès (Translation: Unity, Work, Progress)

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