Bordered by 9 countries, DR Congo is the second largest country in Africa with a population of 82 million people. Five of the famous African Great Lakes are lined up on DR Congo's eastern border: Lake Albert, Lake Edward, Lake Kivu, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Mweru.
Well known is the Virunga National Park, established in 1925 as Africa's first national park and a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979. The Congo rainforest, the second-largest rain forest in the world after the Amazon, covers most of the eastern part of the country. Official language is French with Kituba, Lingala, Tshiluba, and Swahili as the national languages.