It is bordered by five countries: Gabon to the west, Cameroon to the northwest, the Central African Republic to the northeast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the east and south, and the Angolan exclave of Cabinda to the southwest.
The region was dominated by Bantu-speaking tribes, who built trade links leading into the Congo River basin
Congo-Brazzaville was formerly part of the French colony of Equatorial Africa
Upon independence in 1960, the former colony of French Congo became the Republic of the Congo
The People's Republic of the Congo was a Marxist–Leninist single-party state from 1970 to 1991
Multi-party elections have been held since 1992, although a democratically elected government was ousted in the 1997 Republic of the Congo Civil War and President Denis Sassou Nguesso has ruled for 26 of the past 36 years