Did You Know?

  • With a population of more than 68 million people, the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the fourth most populous country in Africa, and the 18th most populous country in the world
  • At 2.3 million square kilometers, the DRC is the 12th largest country in the world by geographic area and is slightly less than one-fourth the size of the US
  • Nine nations border DRC: Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia
  • In 1951 the Oscar winning movie, African Queen starring Humphrey Bogart and Katherine Hepburn was filmed in DRC.
  • The Democratic Republic of Congo is home to the 2nd largest rainforest in the world—18% of the planet’s remaining tropical rainforest is in the DRC
  • There are over 250 ethnic groups in the Democratic Republic of Congo and more than 240 identified languages. 
  • In 1908 Activists including Mark Twain started  the first international human rights campaign, The Congo Reform Association,  to expose gross and rampant abuses of labor and by public servants in King Leopold II of Belgium's Congo Free State.
  • Virunga National Park, located in eastern Congo, was Africa's first national park and has the highest biological diversity of any national park in Africa. 
  • DRC is the birthplace of African Rumba music, a fusion of Latin and African music, which dominates airwaves across central Africa. African rumba swept the region during the 1960s when many countries were gaining their independence.
  • In 1974 DRC was the first sub-Saharan African country to go to the FIFA World Cup
  • Uranium extracted from the Shinkolobwe mine in the DRC was used to produce the atomic bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II
  • The Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara spent a year in Congo fighting with rebels in 1965.