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Congo gained its independence from Belgium on June 30, 1960. 1)

Mount Stanley

The highest peak in the Congo is Mount Stanley 16,763 ft above sea level. 2)


The national animal of the Congo is the okapi. 3)


30% of all diamonds in the world were mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 4)

Compulsory education

In Congo, compulsory education lasts 10 years. 5)


The most deadly disease in Congo is tuberculosis. 6)

Lake Tanganyika

Lake Tanganyika, located on the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi, Tanzania, and Zambia, is the second deepest lake in the world. 7)

Official language

French is the official language of the Congo. 8)


In Congo, belief in witchcraft is so common that children are sometimes accused of being sorcerers. Some of these children are beaten and some are even killed. Most, however, become homeless after leaving their families. 9)

Katanga cross

Congo once had a very strange form of currency. It was called the Katanga cross. The metal is made of copper and is shaped like an X. 10)

Kahuzi-Biega National Park

The Kahuzi-Biega park's vast savannas, grasslands, and forests, interspersed with woodlands along the riverbanks and wetland depressions, are home to four large mammals: elephants, giraffe, hippopotamus, and, most notably, white rhinos. 11)

Species of birds

There are over 1000 species of birds in the DRC, more varieties than any other country in Africa. 12)

215 languages

DRC's population is made up of hundreds of different groups, speaking 215 languages. 13)

Congo River

The Congo River is one of the deepest rivers in the world, with parts of it reaching depths of over 720 feet. 14)


The official currency of the Republic of Congo is the Central African Franc (CAF). 15)

Many harbors

The country has many ports and harbors. Among the most important are Banana, Bumba, Goma, Kindu, Mbandaka, Matadi, Bukavu, Kinshasa and Kisangani. 16)

Careful with taking pictures

In Congo, taking pictures is not allowed. Locals are very nervous because they believe that “capturing an image of a person” takes away their spirit. 17)

Space program

Despite being a poor and conflict-ridden country, the DRC boasts a space program. Privately funded by the Développement Tous Azimuts (DTA) company, with significant government support, Troposphere rockets are expected to send payloads into space in the near future. 18)

Economy of COngo

The DRC makes coffee and sugar and produces palm oil, rubber, and wood products. 19)


The DRC exports diamonds, copper, oil, coffee, and cobalt. 20)

kongo.txt · Last modified: 2022/06/30 08:32 by aga