Kinshasa (Leopoldville) is the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s capital and biggest city. It’s on the banks of the Congo River.
Kinshasa, formerly a fishing town, is now a bustling metropolis with a population of over 11 million people in 2014.
It faces Brazzaville, the capital of the neighboring Republic of Congo, which may be seen across the Congo River in the distance.
After Cairo and Lagos, Kinshasa is Africa’s third-largest city. It is also the world’s second-largest “francophone” metropolitan region, after Paris, with French as the official language of the municipal government, schools, media, public services, and high-end business, and Lingala as a lingua franca on the streets.
Kinshasa residents are known as Kinois (in French and sometimes in English) or Kinshasans (English).
Kinshasa – Info Card
|POPULATION :||City: 10,125,000 / Metro: 13,265,000|
|TIME ZONE :||GMT+1|
|LANGUAGE :||French, Lingala, Kikongo|
|RELIGION :||Roman Catholic 50%, Protestant 20%, Kimbanguist 10%, Muslim 10%, other (includes syncretic sects and indigenous beliefs) 10%|
|AREA :||9,965 km2 (3,848 sq mi))|
|ELEVATION :||240 m (790 ft)|
|COORDINATES :||4°19′30″S 15°19′20″E|
|SEX RATIO :||• Male: 49.3%|
• Female: 50.7%
|ETHNIC :||over 200 African ethnic groups of which the majority are Bantu|
|AREA CODE :||12|
|POSTAL CODE :|
|DIALING CODE :||+243 12|
Tourism in Kinshasa
Kinshasa is an important cultural and intellectual hub for Central Africa, with a thriving population of musicians and artists, despite being huge, chaotic, and frequently scary.
After decades of military wars inflicted by neighboring nations, the once leading contemporary African city’s infrastructure is now being reconstructed in a remarkable way. Throughout the city, Chinese enterprises are engaging in a number of renovation projects.
Climate of Kinshasa
Kinshasa has a tropical climate with rainy and dry seasons. It has a long rainy season that lasts from October to May, followed by a brief dry season that lasts from June to September.
Because Kinshasa is south of the equator, the dry season starts in June, around the “winter” solstice. In contrast, in African towns farther north with this climate, the dry season usually starts around January.
The dry season in Kinshasa is somewhat colder than the rainy season, although temperatures are rather consistent throughout the year.
Geography of Kinshasa
Kinshasa is a city of extremes, with upscale residential and business sectors, as well as three colleges, coexisting with huge slums. It is situated on the south bank of the Congo River, immediately across from Brazzaville, the Republic of Congo’s capital.
After the Nile, the Congo River is Africa’s second longest river, with the continent’s highest flow. It serves as a waterway for most of the Congo basin; huge river barges may travel between Kinshasa and Kisangani on it, and several of its tributaries are also navigable. The river is a major source of hydroelectric power, with the capacity to create enough electricity to power about half of Africa’s population downstream from Kinshasa.