Facts & Figures

Country: Democratic Republic of Congo

Population: 69.6 million (UN, 2011 estimate)

Capital: Kinshasa

Area: 2,344,858 sq km (905,354 sq miles)

Main languages: French (official), Kikongo, Lingala, Swahili, Tshiluba

Main religions: Christianity, Islam

Life expectancy: 49 (WHO, 2011)

Literacy Rate: Adult [15+] 67%, Youth [15-24] 65% (UNESCO, 2010)

Urban Population (% of total): 34.8% (UN, 2012)

Population under 18 years: 35.9 million (UNICEF, 2011)

Child mortality: 168 children in every 1,000 likely to die before 5 years (WHO, 2011)

Child nutrition: 24.2% of children below 5 years underweight (WHO, 2012)

Number of children (0-17) who have lost one/both parents: 5.1 million (UNICEF, 2012)