flag Democratic Republic of Congo Democratic Republic of Congo: Statistical Overview

Capital: Kinshasa


Total Population: 99,010,212
Natural Increase: 3.2%
Density: 42 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 46.8%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Kinshasa (7,274,000); Lubumbashi (1,283,400); Mbuji-Mayi (1,213,800); Kananga (720,400); Kisangani (682,600); Bukavu (471,800); Kolwezi (456,500); Likasi (367,300); Tshikapa (366,500)
Ethnic Origins: Over 200 African ethnic groups exist in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the majority of which are Bantu, the others are Sudanese, Nilotic and Pygmy. The four largest tribes in the country are Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu) and Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic).
Official Language: French
Other Languages Spoken: It is estimated that a total of 242 languages are spoken in the country. Four indigenous languages have the status of national language: Kituba (also referred to as "Kikongo"), Lingala, Swahili and Tshiluba.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Roman Catholic (50%), Protestant (20%), Kimbanguist (10%), Muslim (10%)) Other indigenous beliefs (10%).
Literacy Rate: 67.2%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Kinshasa
It is %T:%M %A In Lubumbashi

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF)

Country Overview

Area: 2,344,860 km²
Type of State: Semi-presidential republic.
Type of Economy: Low-income economy.
The informal sector dominates the economy and its vast mining potential is barely exploited. The country has the world's lowest per capita GDP.
HDI*: 0.433/1
HDI (World Rank): 176/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To call from the Democratic Republic of Congo, dial 00
To call the Democratic Republic of Congo, dial +243
Internet Suffix: .cd
Telephone Lines: 0.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 1.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 16.4% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20182019202020212022
Imports of Goods (million USD) 7,9308,8256,6637,65811,000
Exports of Goods (million USD) 20,00413,38214,12224,12528,200
Imports of Services (million USD) 2,8022,2602,6913,9484,492
Exports of Services (million USD) 115142144169109

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, Latest data available.


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