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The Republic of Cameroon, approximately the size of the state of California, forms a bridge between western and central Africa. The country shares borders with Nigeria to the West and Chad, the Central African Republic, The Republic of the Congo, Gabon and Equatorial Guinea to the east and south.

Capital City: Yaounde (population: approx. 800,000)

Main commercial Centers: Douala (population: 1.2 million - approx.) Other important cities: Bafoussam, Bamenda, Buea, Garoua, Kumba, Limbe, Maroua and Nkongsamba

Official Languages: French and English

Population: 18. 879 million (est. – 2009)

  • Women: 51 percent
  • Men: 49 percent
  • 60 percent of the population is under the age of 19
  • Urban population: 46 percent

Literacy Rate: 68 percent

  • Women: 60 percent
  • Men: 77 percent
Read more about Cameroon in the World Factbook.