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Country Guide Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Official Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo / République démoncratique du Congo

Capital: Kinshasa

Official Languages: French

Recognised Languages: Lingala, Kituba (Kikongo ya leta), Swahili, Tshiluba

Independence: (from Belgium) 30 June 1960

Population: 81,680,000 (2015 estimate)

Currency: Congolese franc

Time Zone: UTC+1 to +2

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Direct Travel Insurance Guide to Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the second largest country in Africa, bordered by the Republic of the Congo, the Central African Republic, South Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Zambia, Angola, and the Atlantic Ocean. It has a population of over 75 million, and its capital, Kinshasa, has an urban population of over 11 million.

Approximately 242 languages are spoken in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, though only four are recognised as national languages. French is the sole language of education at all levels, with only some areas introducing the four national languages in the early years of primary education.

Kinshasa has a tropical wet and dry climate, with a rainy season of October to May, and then a shorter dry season between June and September. Temperatures are fairly constant throughout the year, with an average low of 21 degrees and high of 30 degrees.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office currently advise against all but essential travel to areas of Democratic Republic of the Congo, and against all travel to other areas of the country. Please check for updates here before you book your trip. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to offer cover for travel to any country against FCO advice.

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