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Central African Republic
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(République Centrafricaine) is an interior state in Central Africa. It has an area of 622,984 km2 and 3.9 million inhabitants (2003); its capital is Bangui (0.8 million); its official language is French, its national language Sango. The population consists of: 25% Gbaya, 24% Banda, 14% Mandjia, 8% Sara, 8% Mbaka, Sango, Yakoma, Zande, Kare, Pygmies, and others.

From 1890, the country was administered as the colony of Ubangui-Schari in the Federation of French Equatorial Africa; in 1960, it gained independence under David Dacko. After th…

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Roser, Markus, “Central African Republic”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 13 December 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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