Facts & Figures

Country: Republic of Cameroon

Population: 20 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Yaoundé

Area: 475,442 sq km (183,568 sq miles)

Main languages: French (official), English (official), Arabic, local languages (e.g. Bantu, Semi-Bantu and Sudanic groups)

Main religions: Christianity, Islam, indigenous beliefs

Life expectancy: 53 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy rate: Adult [15+] 71%, Youth [15-24] 83% (UNESCO, 2007)

Urban population (% of total): 52.7% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 9.4 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 127 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 15.1% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 1.3 million (UNICEF, 2011)