Brazzaville, Republic of the Congo

Economy | Transport

🇨🇬 Brazzaville is the capital and largest city of the Republic of the Congo. Constituting the financial and administrative centre of the country, it is located on the north side of the Congo River, opposite Kinshasa, the capital city of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The population of the capital is estimated to comprise more than a third of the national populace. Some 40% are employed in non-agricultural professions. During World War II, Brazzaville was also the capital of Free France between 1940 and 1942.

In 2013, Brazzaville was designated a City of Music by UNESCO; since then it has also been a member of the Creative Cities Network.


Economy The location of Brazzaville near the pool of the Congo River enabled it to grow as an industrial, trading and port settlement. It was connected through trade by ships and boats travelling upriver to inland areas, which produced raw materials from the beginning of the colonial period. Construction of the railway connecting to Pointe-Noire increased the ability of city businessmen to get their products to the port for export.

Industries present in Brazzaville include machine shops, textiles, tanning, and manufacturing. As a key port on the Congo River, Brazzaville still takes deliveries of raw materials, such as rubber, wood, and agricultural products. From here they are generally sent onward to Pointe-Noire for export.

Many companies, government organisations and NGOs have regional offices in the capital city, where they can work with government officials. The World Health Organization has its regional office for Africa located in Brazzaville. Companies headquartered in Brazzaville include Equatorial Congo Airlines and the mobile operator Warid Congo.


Transport The city is home to Maya-Maya Airport, which lies in the centre of the city and which has regular flights to Pointe-Noire as well as international destinations in Africa, Europe and the Middle East. A flight operates twice weekly between Brazzaville and Kinshasa, but the flight time is only five minutes.

The Congo-Ocean Railway has a station in the city and in 2014 was operating the La Gazelle train service every other day to Pointe-Noire and intermediate destinations.

The city is an important river port, with ferries sailing to Kinshasa and to Bangui via Impfondo. Ferries and fast private boats serve as the primary means of connection between Kinshasa and Brazzaville. The Livingstone Falls lie on the outskirts of the city, where the Djoué River meets the Congo, rendering river transport to the coast impossible, qualifying the railway as a portage railway.

Although there is no organised public transport system, privately owned buses are available in the capital.

Taxis are available on every street and are easily recognised, being painted with a green body and white top, and the fare for a short trip is CF700. About twenty percent of the vehicles in Brazzaville are taxis. There are also collective taxis that drive certain routes and charge CF150.

A road-rail bridge is proposed to connect Brazzaville with Kinshasa. The rail gauge on both sides is the same at 1067mm.

Brazzaville Time 
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Brazzaville is rated Sufficiency by the Globalization and World Cities Research Network (GaWC) which evaluates and ranks the relationships between world cities in the context of globalisation. Sufficiency level cities are cities that have a sufficient degree of services so as not to be overly dependent on world cities.

Brazzaville is rated E+ by the Global Urban Competitiveness Report (GUCR) which evaluates and ranks world cities in the context of economic competitiveness. E+ cities are strong regional gateway cities. Brazzaville was ranked #606 by the Nomad List which evaluates and ranks remote work hubs by cost, internet, fun and safety. Brazzaville has a population of over 1,373,382 people. Brazzaville also forms the centre of the wider Brazzaville metropolitan area which has a population of over 1,696,000 people.

To set up a UBI Lab for Brazzaville see: Twitter:

Brazzaville is a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network for Music see:

Twin Towns, Sister Cities Brazzaville has links with:

🇨🇳 Changsha, China 🇩🇪 Dresden, Germany 🇨🇺 Havana, Cuba 🇨🇩 Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo 🇫🇷 Reims, France 🇨🇳 Weihai, China
Text Atribution: Wikipedia Text under CC-BY-SA license | GaWC | GUCR | Nomad

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Antipodal to Brazzaville is: -164.715,4.259

Locations Near: Brazzaville 15.2847,-4.25917

🇨🇩 Kinshasa 15.317,-4.317 d: 7.3  

🇨🇩 Kalamu 15.317,-4.333 d: 9  

🇨🇩 Selembao 15.283,-4.367 d: 12  

🇨🇩 Mbanza-Ngungu 14.867,-5.25 d: 119.5  

🇨🇬 Djambala 14.75,-2.533 d: 200.9  

🇨🇩 Kenge 17.033,-4.8 d: 202.9  

🇨🇩 Bandundu 17.367,-3.317 d: 253.7  

🇨🇩 Matadi 13.467,-5.817 d: 265.6  

🇦🇴 Cabinda 12.183,-5.55 d: 372.4  

🇨🇬 Pointe-Noire 11.846,-4.795 d: 385.8  

Antipodal to: Brazzaville -164.715,4.259

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🇺🇸 Maui -156.446,20.72 d: 17978  

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