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26 January 2010
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The communications include: the Congo-Ocean railway line that runs from Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire (from which branches off a tree trunk until mlindi, designed to reach the mining area of Gabon) and a good road network, most traffic however continue to make use of inland waterways, especially the Congo and dell'Oubangui.

Brazzaville, in addition to being an active river port, is home for a great international airport, and Pointe-Noire is one of the major seaports of equatorial Africa, as it passes to include supplies to and from Gabon, Chad and the Central African Republic.

The trains for passengers who covered the stretch between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire no longer in operation due to the instability of the region of Pool.

There is a well-paved road that goes north from the capital up to Oyo.

The coast has a new road that extends to the Angolan enclave of Cabinda.

Shared taxis and minibuses traveling between towns and villages on journeys made ad hoc.



AIRPORTS
Maya Maya Airport
Maya Maya international airport is located in Brazzaville, capital of the Republic of Congo.

It is civilian and military.

General Information:

Degree latitude 4 ° 15 '6 "S;

Degree longitude: 15 ° 15 '16 "E;

Airstrips: 5 / 23 3300x45 meters.

The main airlines are: Air France, Ethiopian Airlines, Pacific East Asia Cargo Airlines.



PORTS
The port of Pointe-Noire
It lies on the west coast of Africa at 4 ° 47 'South latitude and 11 ° 50' east longitude, 150 km north of the river Congo.

The port provides a total of 4830m of quay for bulk goods, fixed berths and cranes with a capacity of up to 50-ton.

The ability to traffic within this site is estimated at 5-6 million tonnes a year.

Its importance has increased over time since he became a terminal for oil tankers, in fact, there are few refineries.


CURRENCY
CFA franc

TIMEZONE
One hours ahead of Greenwich.



ELECTRICITY  
230 V Frequency: 50 Hz



WEIGHTS AND MEASURES
Metric System.



HEALTH RISKS
Compulsory vaccinations: yellow fever. Recommended vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus, hepatitis A virus, hepatitis B virus, typhoid fever, rabies. It is not safe to drink tap water. The risk of malaria is present all year round throughout the country. The incidence rate of HIV is very high, especially in the city of Pointe Noire.



TOURISM
With its wildlife, in which stands the large population of chimpanzees and the beauty of the river Congo, this country has many elements which can stimulate the imagination.

Of extreme natural beauty it is undoubtedly the rainforest where there is the typical vegetation of the bush and encounter species characteristics, from chimpanzees to lions, past the giraffes and cheetahs.

An opening to modernity, still held back by big problems, is found in the capital Brazzaville, while throughout the rest of the population lives in the simplest possible way, devoted to agriculture.

CLIMATE
The atmosphere is kind of Equatorial uniformly warm and humid (in Brazzaville, the average winter temperature is 21 ° C, summer 26 ° C), but on the coast is reduced because of the cold Benguela current, and all ' inside, as they go north, becomes more pronounced the distinction between wet season and dry season.

Precipitation is abundant everywhere, they tend also to increase the coastal zone (1300-1400 mm annually) towards the central and northern regions of the country, where there are over 2,000 mm annually.

The rainforest, rich in precious woods covering much of the territory and most humid areas of the interior highlands, while in the less rainy and Congolese lowland grassy and wooded savanna prevails, interrupted along the streams from the forest in areas subject to flooding of the Congo and the vegetation character dell'Oubangui amphibian.



LANGUAGE
The official language is French.

At the local level  there are a myriad of common Bantu languages including Kikongo and Lingala.

RELIGION
The official state-recognized religions are Christianity and traditional animism, charged respectively by about 50% and 48% of the population.

Muslims are 2% (mainly foreign workers).

VISAS
 Italian  travelers, like those of most countries, must have a visa for entry, allowing a maximum stay of 90 days be requested before departure.

For the issue it is necessary to submit, among other documents, a passport with a remaining validity of at least six months, confirmation of hotel bookings from the Republic of Congo and the return air ticket or onward travel.



EDUCATION
The main purpose of the educational organization is the establishment of a national unit.

To this end  it was created a centralized school system and specialized, private schools were abolished.

The primary education lasts 6 years, 7 secondary, divided into two cycles, one 4 and a 3.

Particular emphasis is given to technical, held in the centers of learning and training related to the secondary school.

In 1971 was founded the University Marien Ngouabi in Brazzaville.

 

 

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