|Country||Central African Republic|
|density||12,432.8 Ew. / km²|
Map of the arrondissements and districts ( quartiers )
Bangui ([ bãˈɡi ], sango Bangî , French Bangui ) is the capital of the Central African Republic . With 833,000 inhabitants, it is the largest city as well as the political, economic and cultural center of the country.
The city is located in the southwest of the country on the Ubangi River at a point where several rapids restrict commercial shipping upstream. At this point, the Ubangi forms the border between the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of the Congo .
The population increased from 42,000 in 1950 to just under 833,000 in 2017. Numbers are estimates and have a high level of uncertainty.
Population development of the agglomeration according to the UN
Bangui is administratively divided into eight arrondissements (with the population at the census December 8, 2003):
Dec 8, 2003
|1 series||Balabala Oko||8.08||11,833||15th|
|all in all||Ville de Bangui||67.00||622.771||205|
The arrondissements are further subdivided into 16 groupements , including 205 quartiers .
The city was founded in 1889 as a French military base , which was strategically important as early as 1898 during the Faschoda crisis . In 1910 the city officially became the capital of Ubangi-Shari , a province of French Equatorial Africa . Ubangi-Shari became an autonomous republic within the French community in 1958 , from which the Central African Republic emerged as an independent state in 1960.
In March 1986, a French fighter plane crashed over an inhabited area, killing 35 people.
After the coup of the Séléka rebels, looting and armed attacks broke out in Bangui. Two French marines died in Bangui in December.
The city is home to Bangui University , founded in 1969. Along with the international Euclid University, it is one of two universities in the country.
Bangui is connected to international air traffic through Bangui M'Poko International Airport . Ferries across the Ubangi run to Brazzaville and Zongo . Roads connect the city with Cameroon , Chad and Sudan .
The wide streets are typical of Bangui, with the Place de la Republique in the center of the city . There is a triumphal arch of the former emperor Bokassa in Roman style. Also worth seeing is the market and avenue Boganda , both centers of African life.
In a study by the consulting company Mercer on the quality of life in 231 cities around the world, Bangui came in penultimate place in 2018.
sons and daughters of the town
- Richard Appora (* 1972), Roman Catholic priest , coadjutor bishop of Bambari
- Jean-Bédel Bokassa (1921–1996), President and later Emperor
- Élie Doté (* 1948), politician and prime minister
- Manassé Enza-Yamissi (* 1989), football player
- Foxi Kéthévoama (* 1986), national soccer player
- André Kolingba (1935–2010), President
- Anicet Lavodrama (born 1963), basketball player
- Nathalie Tauziat (* 1967), French former tennis player
- Faustin Archange Touadéra (* 1957), politician
- Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa (* 1989), French-Central African football player
Bangui has a tropical climate with a dry season. The months of December, January and February are arid .
Monthly average temperatures and rainfall for Bangui
- World Urbanization Prospects - Population Division - United Nations. Retrieved July 23, 2018 .
- Page with map of the arrondissements ( Memento from March 10, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- http://www.sangonet.com/afriqg/PAFF/Dic/HistoireRCA/bangui-121ans.pdf BANGUI EST-IL NOTRE AVENIR? 26 juin 1889-26 juin 2010: Cent vingt et un ans.
- Archive link ( Memento from December 3, 2013 in the Internet Archive )
- Afroport.de - African countries: Central Africa
- taz.de April 30, 2013: Bodyguards sleep in the empty pool
- Speech of the President ( Memento of December 21, 2013 in the Internet Archive ) ( François Hollande , published December 17, 2013)
- Homepage of Bangui University
- Homepage of the Euclid University
- Mercer's 2018 Quality of Living Rankings. Retrieved July 30, 2018 .