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flag Cameroon Cameroon: Introduction

Capital: Yaounde


Total Population: 23,439,189
Natural Increase: 2.6%
Density: 50 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 54.9%
Population of main cities: Douala (1,906,962); Yaoundé (1,817,524); Bamenda (269,530); Garoua (235,996); Maroua (201,371)
Ethnic Origins: Cameroonians of the higher regions about 31%, Bantous about 19%, Kirdis about 11%, Fulanis about 10%, Bantu from the north-west about 8%, Nigritic about 7%, other Africans (including the Bassa, Douala, and many smaller groups) about 13%, non Africans less than 1%.
Official Language: French and English are the official languages of Cameroon.
Other Languages Spoken: There are close to 200 African dialects.
Business Language(s): In the business environment, French is more frequently used, although English is also used.
Religion: Tribal Religions 51%, Christians 33% (South), Sunni Muslims 16% (North).
Literacy Rate: 67.9%

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Yaounde

Exchange Rate on :

National Currency: CFA Franc BEAC (XAF)

Country Overview

Area: 475,440 km²
Type of State: Unitary Republic based on parliamentary democracy.
Type of Economy: Lower-middle-income economy (in the inferior bracket).
Heavily Indebted country; the economy is based principally on agriculture and petroleum.
HDI*: 0.512/1
HDI (World Rank): 153/188

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.



Low: 20°  |  High: 28°

Humidity: 95%  |  Wind: 6.44 km/h
Sunrise: 6:14 am  |  Sunset: 6:23 pm

Source: Yahoo Weather, Yaounde


Telephone Code:
To call from Cameroon, dial 00
To call Cameroon, dial +237
Internet Suffix: .cm
Computers: 1.2 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 3.6 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 5.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 53.7% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20122013201420152016
Imports of Goods (million USD) 6,5156,6497,0496,6616,545
Exports of Goods (million USD) 4,2744,5144,9263,7603,306
Imports of Services (million USD) 2,0582,6262,735n/an/a
Exports of Services (million USD) 1,5431,8881,866n/an/a

Source: WTO – World Trade Organisation, 2017


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Last Updates: November 2017