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    Congo, Democratic Republic of the People - 2006

      note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2006 est.)

      Age structure:
      0-14 years: 47.4% (male 14,906,488/female 14,798,210)
      15-64 years: 50.1% (male 15,597,353/female 15,793,350)
      65 years and over: 2.5% (male 632,143/female 933,007) (2006 est.)

      Median age:
      total: 16.2 years
      male: 16 years
      female: 16.4 years (2006 est.)

      Population growth rate:
      3.07% (2006 est.)

      Birth rate:
      43.69 births/1,000 population (2006 est.)

      Death rate:
      13.27 deaths/1,000 population (2006 est.)

      Net migration rate:
      0.23 migrant(s)/1,000 population
      note: fighting between the Congolese Government and Uganda- and Rwanda-backed Congolese rebels spawned a regional war in DRC in August 1998, which left 2.33 million Congolese internally displaced and caused 412,000 Congolese refugees to flee to surrounding countries (2006 est.)

      Sex ratio:
      at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
      under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
      15-64 years: 0.99 male(s)/female
      65 years and over: 0.68 male(s)/female
      total population: 0.99 male(s)/female (2006 est.)

      Infant mortality rate:
      total: 88.62 deaths/1,000 live births
      male: 96.9 deaths/1,000 live births
      female: 80.1 deaths/1,000 live births (2006 est.)

      Life expectancy at birth:
      total population: 51.46 years
      male: 50.01 years
      female: 52.94 years (2006 est.)

      See also: Healthy Life Expectancy

      See also: Health Performance

      Total fertility rate:
      6.45 children born/woman (2006 est.)

      HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
      4.2% (2003 est.)

      HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
      1.1 million (2003 est.)

      HIV/AIDS - deaths:
      100,000 (2003 est.)

      Major infectious diseases:
      degree of risk: very high
      food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
      vectorborne diseases: malaria, plague, and African trypanosomiasis (sleeping sickness) are high risks in some locations
      water contact disease: schistosomiasis (2005)

      noun: Congolese (singular and plural)
      adjective: Congolese or Congo

      Ethnic groups:
      over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu; the four largest tribes - Mongo, Luba, Kongo (all Bantu), and the Mangbetu-Azande (Hamitic) make up about 45% of the population

      Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs 10%

      French (official), Lingala (a lingua franca trade language), Kingwana (a dialect of Kiswahili or Swahili), Kikongo, Tshiluba

      definition: age 15 and over can read and write French, Lingala, Kingwana, or Tshiluba
      total population: 65.5%
      male: 76.2%
      female: 55.1% (2003 est.)

      NOTE: The information regarding Congo, Democratic Republic of the on this page is re-published from the 2006 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Congo, Democratic Republic of the People 2006 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Congo, Democratic Republic of the People 2006 should be addressed to the CIA.

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