Central African Republic

Neighbours of the Central African Republic (CAR) are Chad, Sudan, South Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo and Cameroon. The size of CAR covers a land area of approximately 620,000 square kilometres and has an estimated population of around 4.4 million. Bangui is the country’s capital.

CAR’s climate is normally tropical, with a wet season that lasts from June to September in the north of the country, and from May to October in the country’s south region. 50% of CAR’s population are Christians, while 35% of the population maintain indigenous philosophies leaving the remainder population of 15% who practice the Islamic religion.

Common cuisine found in the CAR relies on essential starches such as millet and sorghum, and utilizes a substantial quantity of vegetables and sauces. Okra, onions, garlic, chilies and peanuts are usually used in stews and sauces. Meat is generally scarce in CAR, and sources of protein include peanuts and insects such as cicadas, grasshoppers, crickets and termites.

Capital: Bangui
President: Michel Djotodia
Currency: Central African CFA franc
Official language: French Language, Sango Language
Population: 4.487 million