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Capital:
Bangui
Government:
Semi-Presidential Republic
Current Head of Government:
Faustin-Archange Touadéra
Economy:
  • Subsistence agriculture, together with forestry, remains the backbone of the economy, with about 60% of the population living in outlying areas.
  • The agricultural sector generates more than half of GDP.
  • Timber accounts for 16% of export earnings and the diamond industry, 40%.
Population:
5,990,855 (2020) (113rd)
Land Size:
622,984 sq km (240,535 sq miles)
Major Ethnic Groups:
  • Baya: 33%
  • Banda: 27%
  • Mandjia: 13%
  • Sara: 10%
  • Mboum: 7%
  • M’Baka: 4%
  • Yakoma: 4%
  • Other: 2%
Religions:
  • Indigenous beliefs: 35%
  • Protestantism: 25%
  • Roman Catholicism: 25%
  • Islam: 15%
Languages(s):
  • French (official)
  • Sangho (lingua franca and national language)
  • Gbaya
  • Banda