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The Congo River forms most of the border between these two countries.

Congo (or Kongo or Kongō) is the name of a major river in southern Africa, the Congo River. It is also the name of two countries that border that river: the much larger Democratic Republic of the Congo (capital: Kinshasa), once known as Zaire; and the smaller Republic of the Congo to the northwest (capital: Brazzaville).

The name may also refer to:


Africa [edit]



  • Congo (area), a geographical area in Africa inhabited by Congolese populations
  • Congo River, African river also known as Zaire River
  • Congo Basin, drainage for the Congo River in west equatorial Africa

Historical kingdoms[edit]

  • Kingdom of Kongo (1400–1914), covering parts of present-day Angola and the two Congo states
  • Kongo dia Nlaza (until late in the 16th century), a former kingdom absorbed by the Kingdom of Kongo

Administrative regions[edit]

  • M'banza-Kongo, capital of Angola's northwestern Zaire province
  • Kongo Central, former Bas-Congo province, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Other places[edit]

Languages and ethnic groups[edit]



  • Kongō, one of the five schools of Noh acting






Other uses[edit]

People with the surname[edit]

  • Kongō Masahiro (born 1948), former sumo wrestler
  • John Kongos (born 1945), South African musician, leader of the band Johnny Kongos and the G-Men
  • Kid Congo Powers (born 1960), guitarist
  • Louis Congo (fl. 1725), emancipated slave appointed public executioner of Louisiana
  • Cheick Kongo (born 1975), aka Cheick Guillaume Ouedraogo, French mixed martial arts fighter and kickboxer

See also[edit]