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Republic of the Congo Brazzaville (Congolese Republic)

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Capital city: Brazzaville, largest city main river port and international airport.

Area: 342000 square km

National day: 15th August.

Independence: 15th August 1960. Former French colony.

Population: 3 million as of 2000

Leader: Gen Denis Sassou-Nguesso, born 1943, military head of state as at October 1997.

Language: French (official), Lingala, Kituba.

Currency: CFA francs.

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