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Congo, Republic of the People

    Population: 2,716,814 (July 1999 est.)

    Age structure:
    0-14 years: 42% (male 579,940; female 573,847)
    15-64 years: 54% (male 718,820; female 751,911)
    65 years and over: 4% (male 36,987; female 55,309) (1999 est.)

    Population growth rate: 2.16% (1999 est.)

    Birth rate: 37.96 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Death rate: 16.33 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (1999 est.)

    Sex ratio:
    at birth: 1.03 male(s)/female
    under 15 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-64 years: 0.96 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.67 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.97 male(s)/female (1999 est.)

    Infant mortality rate: 100.58 deaths/1,000 live births (1999 est.)

    Life expectancy at birth:
    total population: 47.14 years
    male: 45.42 years
    female: 48.92 years (1999 est.)

    Total fertility rate: 4.89 children born/woman (1999 est.)

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

    Ethnic groups: Kongo 48%, Sangha 20%, M'Bochi 12%, Teke 17%, Europeans NA%; note—Europeans estimated at 8,500, mostly French, before the 1997 civil war; may be half of that in 1998, following the widespread destruction of foreign businesses in 1997

    Religions: Christian 50%, animist 48%, Muslim 2%

    Languages: French (official), Lingala and Monokutuba (lingua franca trade languages), many local languages and dialects (of which Kikongo has the most users)

    Literacy:
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 74.9%
    male: 83.1%
    female: 67.2% (1995 est.)

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