We are celebrating with Congo Brazzaville, which achieved its independence today. The country celebrates its freedom from French rule, attained on this day in 1960. Happy Independence Day to all our Congolese brothers and sisters.
The Republic of the Congo, also called Congo-Brazzaville, is a central African nation with rainforest reserves that are habitats for gorillas. Its capital city, Brazzaville, lies across the Congo River from Kinshasa, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital. Brazzaville’s highlights include the mid-20th-century Basilique Sainte Anne, with its green-tiled roof and spire, as well as traditional crafts markets.
President: Denis Sassou Nguesso
Prime minister: Clément Mouamba
Currency: Central African CFA franc
Population: 4.448 million (2013) World Bank
Neighboring countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo, Central African Republic, Gabon, Cameroon, Angola
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