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Full nameKisangani
Official nameKisangani
CountryDemocratic Republic of the Congo
ProvinceTshopo Province
Communes (urban districts)Lubunga, Makiso, Mangobo, Tshopo, Kabondo, Kisangani
MayorErnest Etula Libanje
Elevation1466.5 ft (447 m)
Total Population682599 (2004)
Other information
Time zoneDRC2 (UTC+2)

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Kisangani -enkiːsəŋˈɡɑːni is the provincial capital of Tshopo in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It is the 3rd largest urbanized city in the country and the largest of the cities that lie in the tropical woodlands of the Congo.

Formerly known as Stanleyville in French (or Dutch as ), the city takes its present name from Boyoma, the seven-arched falls located north of the city, whose name was also initially given to the landscape on which the city is located, Singitini (or Singatini) as rendered in Lingala, (Kisangani is from present Swahili), each of which share the same meaning “the City on the Island”, in reference to the surrounding tributaries (whose waters separate much of Kisangani from the mainland). It is also known as "Kisangani Boyoma", and the demonym for Kisangani is Boyoman (or Boyomais in French).

The languages most spoken at home by the population in the city are Swahili and Lingala, followed by French. The official language of Kisangani is French as defined by the Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Some 1,300 miles from the mouth of the Congo River, the city of Kisangani is the farthest navigable point upstream. Kisangani is the nation’s major inland port after Kinshasa, an important commercial hub point for river and land transportation and a major marketing and distribution centre for the north-eastern part of the country. It has been the commercial capital of the northern Congo since the late 19th century.

Kisangani has been home to influential politicians, including the national hero Patrice Emery Lumumba, the first prime minister of the country.

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