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

Congo may refer to either of two countries that border the Congo River in central Africa:

  • the larger Democratic Republic of the Congo to the southeast (capital: Kinshasa), formerly known as Zaire and sometimes referred to as "Congo-Kinshasa"
  • the smaller Republic of the Congo to the northwest (capital: Brazzaville) and sometimes referred to as "Congo-Brazzaville"

Congo or Kongo may also refer to:


Central Africa [edit]

Administrative regions[edit]

  • Kongo Central, former Bas-Congo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo


  • Congo Basin, the sedimentary basin of the Congo River in west equatorial Africa
  • Congo Craton, covered by the Palaeozoic-to-recent Congo Basin, an ancient Precambrian craton that with four others (the Kaapvaal, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and West African cratons) makes up the modern continent of Africa
  • Congo Canyon, a submarine canyon found at the end of the Congo River in Africa. It is one of the largest submarine canyons in the world

Historical states[edit]

United States[edit]

Other places[edit]

Languages and ethnic groups[edit]


  • Congo bay owl or Phodilus prigoginei, a species of owl in the barn owl family, Tytonidae
  • Congo (chimpanzee), a chimpanzee who learned how to draw and paint
  • Congo eel, a species of aquatic salamander
  • Congo moor chat or Myrmecocichla tholloni, a species of bird in the family Muscicapidae
  • Congo peafowl or Afropavo congensis, a species of peafowl native to the Congo Basin
  • Congo pufferfish or potato puffer or Tetraodon miurus, a freshwater pufferfish found in areas of the Congo River in Africa, including rapids
  • Congo tetra or Phenacogrammus interruptus, a species of fish in the African tetra family

Arts, entertainment, and media[edit]





Other uses in arts, entertainment, and media[edit]

Other uses[edit]

People with the surname[edit]


  • Edwin Congo (born 1976), Colombian retired footballer
  • Louis Congo (fl. 1725), emancipated slave appointed public executioner of the French colony Louisiana


  • Cheick Kongo (born 1975), French mixed martial arts fighter and kickboxer
  • John Kongos (born 1945), South African musician, leader of the band Johnny Kongos and the G-Men

See also[edit]