Congo’s economy is a mixture of subsistence farming and hunting; an industrial sector based largely on oil and support services; and government spending. Oil has supplanted forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports. Natural gas is increasingly being converted to electricity rather than being flared, greatly improving energy prospects.

    Name Republic of the Congo

    Capital Brazzaville

    Frequency of elections Every seven years

    Name of parliament National Assembly of Congo

    Parliament website www.assemblee-nationale.cg

    Languages French, Lingala, Monokutuba, indigenous languages

    Area 342 000 km2

    Population 4 662 446 (July 2014 est)

    Imports Capital equipment, construction materials, foodstuffs

    Exports Petroleum, lumber, plywood, sugar, cocoa, coffee, diamonds

    Currency Coopération Financière en Afrique Centrale franc

    Source: CIA World Factbook
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