Wikijunior:Africa/Democratic Republic of the Congo
The Democratic Republic of Congo (previously known as Zaire) is a very large country in central Africa. It is the 11th biggest country in the world and the 2nd biggest in Africa (after Algeria). Most of the country is landlocked (meaning without a sea coast), but there is a small 40km strip of coastline in the west of the country.
The DR of Congo has an area of 2,345,408 square kilometres and is the 11th biggest country in the world.
There are 5 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in the DR Congo which are national parks or wildlife reserves.
The official language of the DR of Congo is French but other languages are commonly spoken, including Lingala, Kikongo, Swahili and Tshiluba.