Central Africa - Democratic Republic of the Congo - Nationwide Newspapers

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Radio Lobiko

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Radio Bendele

Country Information

Location:  Central Africa, northeast of Angola
Geographic Coordinates:   0 00 N, 25 00 E
Area:   2,344,858 sq km (land: 2,267,048 sq km water: 77,810 sq km)
Climate:  Tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October)
Languages:  French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba
Population:  77,433,744
Capital:  Kinshasa
Religion:  Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%
Ethnic Groups:  Over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population
Independence:  30 June 1960 (from Belgium)

Source:  CIA Factbook