Central African Republic

Located in Central Africa, the Central African Republic is a landlocked country surrounded by Chad and Sudan to the north, South Sudan to the east, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo to the south, and Cameroon to the west.

Country Profile

Official NameContinentSubregionCapital CityPopulationWorld Population %Land Area (kmยฒ)CurrencyCurrency Symbol
The Central African RepublicAfricaMiddle AfricaBangui5,742,3160.07%622,984Central African CFA francFr

The countryโ€™s capital and largest city is Bangui, named after its location on the Ubangi River, which passes through it. The Ubangi is a tributary of the Congo River โ€” Africaโ€™s second-largest river after the Nile and the ninth-longest in the world.

Two-thirds of the Central African Republic lies in the Ubangi River basin, with the other third lying within the Chari River basin. Most of the countryโ€™s terrain is flat, covered by savannas, but there are also hills and rainforests in the south and mountains in the north, east, and west. The west is the location of the Karre mountain range, which includes Mount Ngaoui โ€” the countryโ€™s highest point.

The Central African Republic has a tropical climate. Temperatures are high all year round, with a dry season and a rainy season. The rainy season runs from June through September in the north of the country and May through October in the south. Rainstorms, flooding, and foggy mornings are common during the rainy season. From November through March, aย  dry, dusty trade wind from the Sahara can blow over the northern regions.

The Central African Republic is a presidential republic, with a President who is the head of the state and a Prime Minister who is the head of the government.

Central African Republic: Stats and Facts

Official LanguagesMain ReligionNational AnthemISO alpha-2ISO alpha-3Internet country domains (TLDs)Dialling CodeCoastline Length (km)Geographic coordinates (center point of country)Number of Time ZonesTime Zone(s)Daylight Savings Time?Driving SideGDP (PPP)GDP per capita (PPP)GDP (nominal)GDP per capita (nominal)
"La Renaissance"
("The Rebirth")
CFCAF.cf+2360 (landlocked)7 00 N, 21 00 E1UTC +01:00Not observedright$5,949,000,000$1,138$2,995,000,000$573