Noted for its tropical wet season that runs from October to May, Brazzaville is the capital city for the Republic of the Congo. The west-central African nation is sometimes called Congo-Brazzaville which distinguishes it from the similarly named Democratic Republic of the Congo which lies across the Congo River from Brazzaville.
Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living rankings benchmark how much a new resident in a city has to pay for products compared to New York using the US dollar as the base currency. For 2016, Brazzaville ranks as the 23rd costliest city for newly relocated citizens, up 19 places from 2015 when Mercer recognized Brazzaville as the world’s 42nd most expensive city.
Congo Republic exported an estimated US$4.7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Congolese exports include oil, copper, wood, tin and petroleum gas according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Congo-Brazzaville: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: St Anne’s Basilica, Sacred Heart Cathedral of Brazzaville, Charles de Gaulle House and the Grand Mosque
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo:
- Serge Ibaka, NBA basketball player (born Sep. 18, 1989)
- Ali Bongo Ondimba, former president of Gabon (born Feb. 9, 1959)
- Lino, rapper (born May 23, 1974)
- Devilert Arsene Kimbembe, Olympic sprinter (born Sep. 14, 1981)
- Pamela Mouele-Mboussi, Olympic long jumper (born May 7, 1988)
- Oscar Ewolo, soccer player/footballer (born Oct. 9, 1978)
- Saheed Idowu, Olympic table tennis player (born Jan. 30, 1990)
- Bernard Tchibambelela, politician (born Jun. 14, 1946)
- Jonas Bahamboula, soccer player/footballer (born Feb. 2, 1949)
- Jean Serge Essous, musician (born Jan. 15, 1935)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Republic of the Congo resident: Congolese
Population: 1,915,000 (Brazzaville built-up urban area)
Density: 27,357 people per square mile (10,563 per square kilometer)
Population: 4,852,412 (Republic of the Congo)
Density: 37 people per square mile (14 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$29.36 billion in 2015 (for the Republic of the Congo, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $6,700
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Brazzaville were unavailable.
Official currency used in Brazzaville: Central African CFA franc
Atlas & Boots, The World’s Most Expensive Cities for Expats 2016. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on December 15, 2016
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Africa: Congo, Republic of the. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on December 15, 2016
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on December 15, 2016
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on December 15, 2016
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Mercer, 2016 Cost of Living Rankings. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Official Government Website, Municipality of Brazzaville. Accessed on December 15, 2016
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on December 15, 2016
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Brazzaville. Accessed on December 15, 2016
Wikipedia, Republic of the Congo. Accessed on February 17, 2017
Brazzaville’s built-up urban area, encompassing surrounding towns and villages, measures 70 square miles (181 square kilometers). Approximately 1.9 people lived within Brazzaville urban perimeter, a metric that represents 39.5% of the Republic of the Congo’s entire population.
At the national level, the Republic of the Congo’s land area is 132,047 square miles (342,000 square kilometers)–almost 2,000 times greater than that for Brazzaville’s urbanized territory. The population count for the Republic of the Congo in 2015 was an estimated 4.9 million inhabitants.
Population density is higher within the nation’s capital city with an average 27,400 Brazzaville residents per square mile (10,600 per square kilometer).
For Congo Republic overall, population density drops to an average 37 inhabitants per square mile (14 per square kilometer).
Congo separated from France on August 15, 1960. Citizens celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each August 15.