Republic of Congo

Republic of Congo Overview

In 1960, the country now known as the Republic of Congo was granted full independence from France. Since independence, the country has been plagued by civil wars and militia conflicts.

The Republic of Congo is made up of a rich landscape of waterfalls and swamps, with the northern country distinguished by huge tracts of forest and an abundance of wildlife. The forest is also home to several indigenous tribes who have maintained their traditional way of life. The Mayombe Mountains rise behind the lagoons on the narrow sandy coastal plain.

CLIMATE

The Republic of Congo is located on the Equator, so the climate is consistent all year round. The average day temperature is a humid 75 F/24 C, with nights generally in the 60s F/16-21 C.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

CAPITAL: Brazzaville
POPULATION: 3.9 million
LANGUAGE: French
CURRENCY: CFA Franc BEAC
ELECTRIC CURRENT: 230V, 50Hz. To power any electrical item an international adapter or a two pin plug is required.
COUNTRY DIALLING CODE: +242
TIME ZONE: GMT/UTC + 1

TRAVEL WARNING

We advise against all but essential travel to the Pool region, as there is sporadic rebel activity there. This includes using the Brazzaville-Pointe Noire road and railway.

We advise against all but essential travel along the Ubangi River in the Likouala region, where the river forms the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Information provided by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in the UK www.fco.gov.uk