Map of the Belgian Congo, 1914
This is a list of place names of towns and cities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo which were subsequently changed after the end of Belgian colonial rule. Place names of the colonial era tended to have two versions, one in French and one in Dutch, reflecting the languages of Belgium. Many were changed under the Authenticité programme launched under the dictatorship of Mobutu Sese Seko in the 1970s. Today, speakers of both French and Dutch use the modern Congolese place names.
Towns and cities
, formerly known as Léopoldville or Leopoldstad
, formerly known as Élisabethville or Elisabethstad
, formerly known as Stanleyville or Stanleystad
, formerly Coquilhatville or Cocquilhatstad
- ^ From 1937. Before that, the city was known as Makaku or Makal