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Central African Republic

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Capital city: Bangui, largest city (main river port and international airport)

Area: 622984 square km

National day: 1 December (proclamation of self-governing republic, 1958)

Independence: 13 August 1960. Former colony of Oubangui-Chari

Population: 3.8 Miliion as of 2000

Leader: Ange-Felix Patasse born 1937, President as at October 1993

Languages: French (official) Sango, Banda, Baye, Zande.

Currency: CFA francs

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