The Bas Congo

the Bas Congo
base data
capital: Matadi
surface: 53,920 km ²
inhabitants: 2.835.000 (estimated, 1998)
population density: 52.6 Einw. /km ² (estimated, 1998)
ISO 3166-2: CD-BC

the Bas Congo (dt. Niederkongo) is a province of the democratic Republic of the Congo with the capital Matadi.


the province lies in the west of the country and borders in the north on the Republic of the Congo and Kinshasa, in the south on Angola, in the northwest on the Angolan Exklave Cabinda, in the southwest on the Atlantic and in the east on the province Bandundu.


the province was created 1960 as Congo Central (the central Congo ) and renamed 1971 in Bas Zaire (Niederzaire ). With the end of the rule of Mobutu Sese Seko in the year 1997 the province was renamed likewise like the Republic of Zaire. Since then she is called the Bas Congo.

planned renaming

with the Verabschiedung of a new condition in May 2005 is to be reorganized the Congo. The province is to be called in the future the Congo cent ral.


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