Democratic Republic of Congo
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The Democratic Republic of Congo is the third-largest country in Africa and is bordered by the Central African Republic and Sudan in the North, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi and Uganda in the east, Zambia and Angola in the south and the Republic of Congo in the west.
The DRC has a coastline of only 27 km (17 miles), at the outlet of the Zaire River, which flows into the Atlantic Ocean. The country straddles the Equator and has widely differing geographical features, including mountain ranges in the north and west, a vast central plain through which the Congo River flows, and the volcanoes and lakes of the Kivu region. The Congo River has given rise to extensive tropical rainforests on the western border with the Republic of Congo.
The climate varies according to distance from the Equator, which lies across the north of the country. The dry season in the north is from December to March, and in the south May to October. The annual temperatures are warm and humidity is high.
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|Language||The official language is French, but Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba are also recognised.|
|Religion||Christianity is the majority religion in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, followed by about 96% of the population. Animism accounts for 0.7%.|
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