Congo (Republic)

The Republic of Congo is found in Western Africa. The country has a coastline along the Pacific Ocean, and shares land borders with Gabon, Cameron, Central African Republic, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Republic of Congo lies right on the equator and is very hot.

Quick Facts

Population: 4.5 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Kongo (48%), Sangha (20%), M'Bochi (12%), Teke (17%), Europeans and other (3%)
Languages: French (official), Lingala, Monokutuba, local languages and dialects
Religions: Christian (50%), animist (48%), Muslim (2%)

Congolese In Toronto

Congolese Population:
In Canada: 24,965
In the GTA: 3,335

Congo became independent from France in 1960 and was a Marxist-Leninist People's Republic from 1968 to 1991. Today, it is poorer than most Western nations but has a higher quality of life than most African countries. During the Marxist period of Congo's history, nearly all expatriates were expelled and young people were indoctrinated against religion. However, freedom of religion was declared in 1992. Today, most of the population is either Christian (mostly Catholic) or animist. Local animists believe in a supreme god called Nzambi.

Map of Services and Churches in the GTA: 

Social and Settlement Services in the GTA

Settlement.Org

Churches in the GTA

All Nations Full Gospel Church
4401 Steeles Avenue West
Toronto, ON
M3N 2S4
Phone: 416-665-9964

References: 

Central Intelligence Agency. (2014, June 22). The World Factbook: Congo, Republic of the. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/cf.html

Congolese (Brazzavillans). (2009). In T. L. Gall & J. Hobby (Eds.), Worldmark Encyclopedia of Cultures and Daily Life (2nd ed., Vol. 1, pp. 139-143). 
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Encyclopedia of the Nations. (n.d.). Congo, Republic of The. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.nationsencyclopedia.com/economies/Africa/Congo-Republic-of-The.html

Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. (2011, December 15). Overview - Congo, Republic of the. Retrieved July 8, 2014, from
http://www.intercultures.ca/cil-cai/overview-apercu-eng.asp?iso=cg

Mandryk, J. (2010). Operation World: The Definitive Prayer Guide to Every Nation (7th ed.). Colorado Springs: Biblica Publishing.

Statistics Canada. (2011, April 7). 2006 Census of Canada: Topic-based tabulations/Ethnic Origin, Single and Multiple Ethnic Origin Responses and
Sex for the Population of Canada, Provinces, Territories, Census Metropolitan Areas and Census Agglomerations, 2006 Census - 20% Sample
Data. Retrieved July 15, 2014, from
http://www12.statcan.gc.ca/census-recensement/