Year Founded: 1960
The Republic of the Congo is not the same country as the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is also known as Congo-Brazzaville. Located in Central Africa, it was colonized by France before 1960. French is their official language. In 1997, Civil War broke out in The Republic of the Congo, leading to more than ten thousand civilian deaths and planting the seed of ethnic conflict. It became a member state of OPEC in 2018 and its economy is heavily dependent on the oil sector. It is more politically stable than the Democratic Republic of the Congo.