Friday, May 14, 2010

Congo Democratic Rep, Kinshasa Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Location: The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Central Africa, northeast of Angola.

Country Climate: Tropical; hot and humid in equatorial river basin; cooler and drier in southern highlands; cooler and wetter in eastern highlands; north of Equator - wet season (April to October), dry season (December to February); south of Equator - wet season (November to March), dry season (April to October).

Country Terrain: Vast central basin is a low-lying plateau; mountains in east.

Major Languages: French, Lingala, Kiswahili, Kikongo, Tshiluba.

Major Religions: Christianity, Islam.

Country Population: 62.9 million (2008 est.) 64.8 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has vast potential due to it's natural resources and mineral wealth, yet the economy of the DRC has declined drastically since the mid-1980s.

Currency: Congolese Franc (CDF).

Country Inflation: 18.0% (2008 est.) 39.2% (2009 est.).

City: Kinshasa is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

City Economy: Kinshasa ties with Johannesburg for the status of the second largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and the third largest in the whole continent after Lagos and Cairo. Because the administrative boundaries cover such a vast area, over 60% of the city's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the province.
Cost of Living: Kinshasa has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Kinshasa is currently ranked 239 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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