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Geography of The Democratic Republic of Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo is considered to be a vast nation because of its total area. Its total land area is 2,344,858 km² (approx. 905,351 mi²). Continental shelf of The Democratic Republic of Congo is approximately 1,593 km² (around 615 mi²). The Democratic Republic of Congo is located in Africa. Africa is the world’s second-largest and second-most populous continent. African countries include, but are not limited to, South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Egypt. The Democratic Republic of Congo has 9 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia. The Democratic Republic of Congo is not a landlocked country. It means that is is bordered by at least one major body of water. The average elevation range of The Democratic Republic of Congo is 726 m (2,382 ft).

Neighbors

Total length of land borders of The Democratic Republic of Congo is 10481 kilometers (~4,047 miles). The Democratic Republic of Congo has 10 unique land boundaries with neigbouring territories and it shares its land borders with 9 different countries. The Democratic Republic of Congo has 1 non-contiguous section of land borders. This happens, when a country has a border with a neighbour, and this border is split by a border with another neighbour. The Democratic Republic of Congo has 9 neighbouring countries. Its neighbours include Angola, Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The lengths of the land borders of The Democratic Republic of Congo with its neighbouring countries are as follows:

Cities

The capital city of The Democratic Republic of Congo is Kinshasa. The largest city in The Democratic Republic of Congo is Kinshasa.

Elevation

The average elevation range of The Democratic Republic of Congo is 726 m (2,382 ft). The highest point of The Democratic Republic of Congo is Margherita Peak, with its official height being 5109 m (16,763 ft). The lowest point of The Democratic Republic of Congo is Atlantic Ocean. The elevation difference between the highest (Margherita Peak) and lowest (Atlantic Ocean) points of The Democratic Republic of Congo is 5109 m (2 ft).

Area

The total land area of The Democratic Republic of Congo is 2,344,858 km² (approx. 905,351 mi²). and the total exclusive economic zone (EEZ) is 1,606 km² (~620 mi²). The continental shelf of The Democratic Republic of Congo is approximately 1,593 km² (around 615 mi²). Including land mass and EEZ, the total area of The Democratic Republic of Congo is approximately 2,346,464 km² (~905,971 mi²). The Democratic Republic of Congo is considered to be a vast nation because of its total area.

Forest and arable land

1,172,704 km² of The Democratic Republic of Congo's territory is covered in forests, and forest land comprises 50% of all the land in the country. There are 64,853 km² of arable land in The Democratic Republic of Congo, and it comprises 3% of the country's total territory.

Read our section on climate to discover what parameters affect these and other biomes of the country.

Natural resources

The most notable natural resources found in The Democratic Republic of Congo are cobalt, copper, niobium, tantalum, petroleum, diamonds, gold, silver, zinc, manganese, tin, uranium, coal, hydropower, timber.