Democratic Republic of the Congo is located in the African Great Lakes region of Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world.
The country has a population of over 75 million; the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the nineteenth most populous nation in the world, the fourth most populous nation in Africa, as well as the most populous officially Francophone country.
It is bordered by the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north; Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east; Zambia and Angola to the south; the Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west; and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east.
The country has access to the ocean through a 40-kilometre stretch of Atlantic coastline at Muanda and the roughly 9 km wide mouth of the Congo River which opens into the Gulf of Guinea.
Democratic Republic of the Congo is sometimes referred to as the “African world war” because it involved nine African nations and twenty armed groups. Despite the signing of peace accords in 2003, fighting continued in the east of the country.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo was formerly known as, in chronological order, Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Republic of the Congo and Zaire. Although located in the Central African UN sub region, the nation is also economically and regionally affiliated with Southern Africa as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC).
General information about DR. Congo has been summarized to include the following;
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