(Formerly known as the Belgian Congo, 1908-60.)
The Belgian Congo covered an area 80 times as big as Belgium.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is the only country in Africa split into two time zones.
Police in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, arrested 13 suspected sorcerers in 2008 accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men's penises.
The accusations had led to mass panic and several attempted lynchings.