Definitions for kinshasakɪnˈʃɑ sə, ˈkɪn ʃɑ sə
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the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the Congo river opposite Brazzaville
The capital and largest city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), in the western part of the country on the Congo River; founded in 1881 by the explorer Henry M. Stanley, who named it after his patron, Leopold II of Belgium, it became capital of the Belgian Congo in 1926 and was the scene of the revolt (June 1960) that led to Congo's independence; in 1966 its name was changed to Kinshasa, after the name of an early village that occupied the site.
Kinshasa is the capital and the 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 9 million inhabitants. It faces the capital of the neighbouring Republic of Congo, Brazzaville, which can be seen in the distance across the wide Congo River. The city of Kinshasa is also one of the DRC's 11 provinces. Because the administrative boundaries of the city-province cover a vast area, over 90% of the city-province's land is rural in nature, and the urban area only occupies a small section in the far western end of the city-province. Kinshasa is the second largest city in Africa after Cairo. It is also the second largest "francophone" urban area in the world after Paris, French being the language of government, schools, newspapers, public services and high-end commerce in the city, while Lingala is used as a lingua franca in the street. If current demographic trends continue, Kinshasa should surpass Paris in population around 2020. Kinshasa hosted the 14th Francophonie Summit in October 2012. Residents of Kinshasa are known as Kinois or Kinshasans.
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