The republic of Congo is a surprising Central African gem with seemingly endless pristine tropical forest and moist savanna covering its interior. Within its 347,000 square kilometres, 70% of its population of 4 million reside in the urban centres of Brazzaville (the capital) and Pointe - Noire (the main port). The rest of the country is sparsely populated and therefore is largely pristine.
The economy is a mixture of subsistence agriculture and industrial sector based largely on oil and support services and government spending. Oil has surpassed forestry as the mainstay of the economy, providing a major share of government revenues and exports.
French, Lingala and Kutuba are the most common languages spoken with French being the official language. English is spoken in some hotels and tourist areas.