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The Democratic Republic of the Congo is in Central Africa, northeast of Angola. The climate is tropical. It is hot and humid in the equatorial river basin, cooler and drier in the southern highlands and cooler and wetter in the eastern highlands.The official language is French. Western Congo local language is Lingala. Swahili dialects are spoken widely in the east and south. English is increasingly spoken and understood among Congolese elites, particularly in southern Congo, though it cannot be assumed that staff even in the highest-end hotels and restaurants will be able to communicate in English. The main religions are Christianity and Islam.The economy of the Democratic Republic of the Congo has vast potential due to it's natural resources and mineral wealth, yet the economy of the DRC has declined drastically since the mid-1980s.In the DRC, business culture is influenced by French traditions. French is the language of business. Expatriate business dress is relatively formal. Official corruption is institutionalised. Expatriates should be aware that they will encounter requests for presents. The Congolese tend to keep their phones switched on even during meetings and do not consider it rude to take calls during a meeting. Expatriate businesswomen may find their local (mostly male) counterparts may not respect them in business negotiations, however there is respect for job titles which should be clearly established in advance. A permit is required if you plan to take photographs.The security risk for expatriates in the DRC is high to extreme in different areas. Risks include petty crime, violent crime, and armed robberies. Armed groups operate in the eastern provinces, it is not advisable to travel there. Other risks include poor road conditions, health standards and internal air travel, which does not meet international standards.The currency of the DRC is the Congolese Franc (CDF) but US Dollars are widely used, providing they are in good condition and issued after 2001. There are a number of US Dollar ATMs in Kinshasa.Medical care is extremely limited. Medical evacuation is often necessary. Isolated outbreaks of Ebola virus disease have occurred occasionally. Cholera has been reported.The population of the Democratic Republic of the Congo is 78.7 Million (2019 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 1.1% for the Republic of the Congo as at May 2018.Xpatulator Hypothetical Tax for Democratic Republic of the Congo is based on the current personal income tax rates which are progressive up to 40%. Where a company hires expatriates, it has to pay an exceptional tax (IERE).Within the Democratic Republic of the Congo we also cover Kinshasa.