Quick Facts

  • Independence: 1960 (from France)
  • Capital city: Bangui (pop. 794,000)
  • Area: 622,984 sq. km (slightly smaller than Texas)
  • Population: 5,391,539
  • Official languages: French and Sangho
  • Divided into 14 administrative prefectures along with two economic prefectures.
  • Economy: based on subsistence farming (Remains one of the poorest countries in the world despite a significant mineral base.)
  • Nationality: Central African(s)
  • Climate: tropical
  • Major Religion: Christianity
  • Literacy rate: 36.8%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • Type of government: republic
  • Chief of state: Interim President Catherine Samba-Panza (since 2014)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Mahamat Kamoun (since 2014)


Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 90.63/1,000 births
  • Maternal mortality rate: 882/100,000 births
  • Life expectancy: 51.81 years
  • Total fertility rate: 4.41 children/woman
  • Health expenditures: 3.9% GDP
  • Physician density: 0.05/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1/1,000
  • Children under the age of 5 underweight: 23.5%
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 4.25%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, malaria, typhoid fever, schistosomiasis, dengue fever, meningococcal meningitis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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