Central African Republic Country Facts
Former Names: Ubangi-Shari, Central African Empire
Capital City: Bangui
Date of Independence: 13 August 1960 (from France)
National Anthem: The Revival
Size/Area: 622,984 sq km, slightly smaller than Texas
Land Locked: Yes
Bordering Countries: Cameroon, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Sudan
Administrative Divisions: 14 prefectures (prefectures, singular - prefecture), 2 economic prefectures* (prefectures economiques, singular - prefecture economique), and 1 commune**; Bamingui-Bangoran, Bangui**, Basse-Kotto, Haute-Kotto, Haut-Mbomou, Kemo, Lobaye, Mambere-Kadei, Mbomou, Nana-Grebizi*, Nana-Mambere, Ombella-Mpoko, Ouaka, Ouham, Ouham-Pende, Sangha-Mbaere*, Vakaga
Major Cities: Bangui, Berbérati, Bambari, Bossangoa, Bouar
Languages: French (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), tribal languages
Religions: indigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%
Major Holidays: New Year's Day, Boganda Day, Easter Monday, Labor Day, anniversary of first government, Ascension Day, Pentecost, Independence Day, Assumption, All Saints' Day, national holiday,Republic Day, the day after Republic Day, and Christmas.
Currency: Communaute Financiere Africaine franc
Currency Code: XAF
Highest Point: Mont Ngaoui 1,420 m
Lowest Point: Oubangui River 335 m
Bordering Bodies of Water: Oubangui River
Bodies of Water: Oubangui River, Ugangi River, Ubangi River, Sangha River, Shari River
Climate: tropical; hot, dry winters; mild to hot, wet summers
Major Industries: diamond mining, logging, brewing, textiles, footwear, assembly of bicycles and motorcycles
Major Agricultural Products: cotton, coffee, tobacco, manioc (tapioca), yams, millet, corn, bananas; timber
Natural Resources: diamonds, uranium, timber, gold, oil, hydropower
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