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Bas-Congo

Province du Bas-Congo
Location of Bas-Congo
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Matadi
Largest city Matadi
Government
 • Governor Simon Mbaki Batshia
Area
 • Total 53,920 km2 (20,820 sq mi)
Population
 (2010 est.)
 • Total 4,522,942
 • Density 84/km2 (220/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Bakongo
National language Kikongo
Districts 3
Cities 2
Website kongocentral.net

Bas-Congo or Kongo Central is one of the eleven provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

History

Bas-Congo was formerly known as Congo Centrale and then Bas-Zaïre. At the time of the independence of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the province was part of the greater province of Leopoldville, along with the city of Kinshasa and the districts of Kwango, Kwilu and Mai-Ndombe.

Geography

Landscape of Kongo Central

Bas-Congo is the only province with a coastline (Atlantic Ocean). It borders the provinces of Kinshasa to the north-east, Kwango to the east, and the Republic of Angola to the south as well as the Republic of the Congo and Cabinda to the north.

Divisions

The provincial capital is Matadi. The only other official city is Boma. The remainder of the province is divided into the districts of Bas-Fleuve, Cataractes and Lukaya. Towns with their 2010 populations are:

Name District Territory Pop. 2010[1] Coordinates[1]
Boma - - 167,326 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Inga Bas-Fleuve District Tshela Territory 10,417 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Inkisi Lukaya District Kasangulu Territory 77,797 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Kasangulu Lukaya District Kasangulu Territory 30,724 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Kimpese Cataractes District Songololo Territory 53,660 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Kimvula Lukaya District Kimvula Territory Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Kinzau-Mvuete Bas-Fleuve District Tshela Territory 17,870 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Lukula Bas-Fleuve District Lukula Territory 31,394 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Luozi Cataractes District Luozi Territory 13,258 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Madimba Lukaya District Madimba Territory Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Matadi - - 291,338 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Mbanza-Ngungu Cataractes District Mbanza-Ngungu Territory 97,037 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Muanda - Muanda Territory 86,896 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Seke-Banza Bas-Fleuve District Seke-Banza Territory 6,015 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Songololo Cataractes District Songololo Territory 12,382 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.
Tshela Bas-Fleuve District Tshela Territory 45,588 Lua error: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.

Following the 2005 Constitution (effective 18 February 2006), the Democratic Republic of the Congo was to be divided into 25 provinces within 36 months (18 February 2009); with Bas-Congo being renamed Kongo Central. As of October 2010, this had not taken place.[2]

References


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