Democratic Republic of Congo

The D.R.Congo has a surface area of 2,345,000 km² and is one the largest country on the African continent. The equator runs through the northern third of the country.
The D.R.Congo is in central Africa and it is surrounded by nine other countries: to the north lies the Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and Sudan; to the east Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania; to the south, Zambia and Angola. The border measures some 10,000 km. The D.R.Congo has a western gateway to the Atlantic along a 40 km coastal strip.
Congo's Flora and fauna
The rainforests of the Democratic Republic of the Congo contain great biodiversity, including many rare and endemic species, such as the common chimpanzee, the forest elephant, mountain gorilla, okapi and white rhino etc...
Five of the country's national parks are listed as World Heritage Sites: the Garumba, Kahuzi-Biega, Salonga and Virunga National Parks, and the Okapi Wildlife Reserve.
All five sites are listed by UNESCO as World Heritage In Danger. The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the most biodiverse African country
As a result of its equatorial location, the Congo experiences large amounts of precipitation and has the highest frequency of thunderstorms in the world. The annual rainfall can total upwards of 80 inches (2,032 mm) in some places, and the area sustains the Congo Rainforest, the second largest rain forest in the world (after that of the Amazon).
This massive expanse of lush jungle covers most of the vast, low-lying central basin of the river, which slopes toward the Atlantic Ocean in the West. This area is surrounded by plateaus merging into savannas in the south and southwest, by mountainous terraces in the west, and dense grasslands extending beyond the Congo River in the north. High, glaciated mountains are found in the extreme eastern region.
Demography and Languages
Congo has a population of about 62.6 million people,and has as many as 250 ethnic groups have been identified and named, among them the Pygmies minority of about 600,000 Pygmies, they are the aboriginal people of the DR Congo. Although seven hundred local languages and dialects are spoken, the linguistic variety is bridged both by widespread use of French, a little bit of English and intermediary languages such as Kongo, Tshiluba, Swahili, and Lingala.

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