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Congo is the third largest country, by area, on the African continent. Though it is located in the Central African UN subregion, the nation is economically and regionally affiliated with Southern Africa as a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The name "Congo" (meaning "hunter") is coined after the Bakongo ethnic group, living in the Congo river basin.
Formerly the Belgian colony of the Belgian Congo, the country's post-independence name was the Republic of the Congo until August 1, 1964, when its name was changed to Democratic Republic of the Congo (to distinguish it from the neighboring country of the same name). On October 27, 1971, then-President Mobutu Sese Seko renamed the country Zaire, from a Portuguese mispronunciation of the Kikongo word nzere or nzadi, which translates to "the river that swallows all rivers." in 1997, the country was renamed Democratic Republic of the Congo. Since 1998, the country has suffered greatly from the devastating Second Congo War (sometimes referred to as the African World War), the world's deadliest conflict since World War II.

  • Capital:
    - Brazzaville
  • Area:
    - Total: 342,000 km² (64th) 132,047 sq mi
    - Water (%): 3.3
  • Independence:
    - from France: 15 August 1960
  • Official languages:
    - French
    - Kituba (national)
    - Lingala (national)
  • Population:
    - 2005 estimate: 3,999,000 (125th)
    - n/a census: n/a
    - Density: 12/km² (204th) 31/sq mi
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