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Full nameKinshasa
Native nameVille de Kinshasa
Settlement typeVille-province (City-province)
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
Administrative HQLa Gombe
GovernorAndré Kimbuta Yango
Total Area3846.5 sq mi (9965 km2)
Elevation787.4 ft (240 m)
Total Population10076099 (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)

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Kinshasa (formerly , and Dutch: ) is the capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The city is located on the Congo River.

Once a site of fishing villages, Kinshasa is now an urban area with a population of over 8.401 million inhabitants. The city of Brazzaville (about 1.2 million inhabitants in 2007 with its suburbs), capital of the Republic of the Congo, lies just across the Congo River from Kinshasa. Together with Brazzaville, the combined conurbation of Kinshasa-Brazzaville has thus nearly 12 million inhabitants. Because the administrative boundaries cover such a vast area, over 60% of the city's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the province.

Kinshasa holds the status of the second largest city in sub-Saharan Africa and the third largest in the whole continent after Lagos and Cairo. Although it has no significant native French speaking population, it is often considered the second largest officially francophone city in the world after Paris, inasmuch as French is the language of government and commerce, and is used as a lingua franca. If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa will surpass Paris in population before 2020.

Residents of Kinshasa are known as Kinois (French) or Kinshasans (English).

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