Monday, May 14, 2012

The 165th Country Visitor - CONGO.

Someone from Congo visited my blog yesterday - happened to be the 165th country to visit my blog.
Thanks, whoever you are....
It's information time - let's learn something about this country:

The Republic of the Congo - not to be confused with the neighboring Democratic Republic of the Congo, also referred to as Congo and Congo-Brazzaville, is a country located in Central Africa. 

Congo is situated in west-central Africa astride the equator. It borders Gabon, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Angola exclave of Cabinda, with a short stretch of coast on the South Atlantic. Its area is nearly three times that of Pennsylvania. Most of the inland is tropical rain forest, drained by tributaries of the Congo River.
Congo is located in the central-western part of sub-Saharan Africa, along the Equator, lying between latitudes 4°N and 5°S, and longitudes 11° and 19°E. To the south and east of it is the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is also bounded by Gabon to the west, Cameroon and the Central African Republic to the north, and Cabinda (Angola) to the southwest. It has a short Atlantic coast.
The capital, Brazzaville, is located on the Congo River, in the south of the country, immediately across from Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
The southwest of the country is a coastal plain for which the primary drainage is the Kouilou-Niari River, the interior of the country consists of a central plateau between two basins to the south and north. Forests are under increasing exploitation pressure.
Since the country is located on the Equator, the climate is consistent year-round, with the average day temperature being a humid 24 °C (75 °F) and nights generally between 16 °C (61 °F) and 21 °C (70 °F). The average yearly rainfall ranges from 1,100 millimetres (43 in) in south in the Niari valley to over 2,000 millimetres (79 in) in central parts of the country. The dry season is from June to August while in the majority of the country the wet season has two rainfall maxima: one in Mar-May and another in September–November.

President: Denis Sassou-Nguesso (1997)
Prime Minister: Isidore Mvouba (2005)
Land area: 131,853 sq mi (341,499 sq km); total area: 132,047 sq mi (342,000 sq km)
Population (2010 est.): 4,125,916 (growth rate: 2.8%); birth rate: 41.0/1000; infant mortality rate: 77.9/1000; life expectancy: 54.5; density per sq km: 11
Capital and largest city: Brazzaville, 1,169,900
Other large city: Pointe-Noire, 544,200
Monetary unit: CFA Franc
Languages: French (official), Lingala, Monokutuba, Kikongo, many local languages and dialects
Ethnicity/race: Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans and other 3%
National Holiday: Independence Day, August 15
Religions: Christian 50%, animist 48%, Islam 2%
Literacy rate: 84% (2003 est.)
Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2009 est.): $16.41 billion; per capita $4,100. 
Real growth rate: 6.6%.  
Inflation: 4%.  
Arable land: 1%.  
Agriculture: cassava (tapioca), sugar, rice, corn, peanuts, vegetables, coffee, cocoa; forest products. Industries: petroleum extraction, cement, lumber, brewing, sugar, palm oil, soap, flour, cigarettes.  
Natural resources: petroleum, timber, potash, lead, zinc, uranium, copper, phosphates, natural gas, hydropower.  
Exports: $7.54 billion f.o.b. (2009 est.): petroleum, lumber, plywood, sugar, cocoa, coffee, diamonds. Imports: $2.72 million (2009 est.): capital equipment, construction materials, foodstuffs. 
Major trading partners: China, Taiwan, North Korea, U.S., France, South Korea, Germany, Italy, Netherlands (2004).
Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 7,000 (2003); mobile cellular: 330,000 (2003).  
Radio broadcast stations: AM 1, FM 5, shortwave 3 (2001).  
Television broadcast stations: 1 (2002). 
Internet hosts: 46 (2003).  
Internet users: 15,000 (2003).
Transportation: Railways: total: 894 km (2004).  
Highways: total: 12,800 km; paved: 1,242 km; unpaved: 11,558 km (1999 est.).  
Waterways: 4,385 km (on Congo and Oubanqui rivers) (2004).  
Ports and harbors: Brazzaville, Djeno, Impfondo, Ouesso, Oyo, Pointe-Noire.  
Airports: 32 (2004 est.).
Congo 1.
 Congo 2
Congo 3
 Congo 4
 Congo 5
 Congo school
 Congo girls
 Congo woman.
Brazzaville - capital of Congo
 taxis in Brazzaville
another view of Brazzaville
Have a nice day....

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