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Central African Republic
Population (2009 est.)4,511,488
Religious Demographicsindigenous beliefs 35%, Protestant 25%, Roman Catholic 25%, Muslim 15%
Ethnic GroupsBaya 33%, Banda 27%, Mandjia 13%, Sara 10%, Mboum 7%, M'Baka 4%, Yakoma 4%, other 2%
LanguagesFrench (official), Sangho (lingua franca and national language), tribal languages

The country has an area of 242,000 square miles and a population of 4.3 million. According to the 2005 census, Protestants make up 51 percent of the population, Catholics 29 percent, and Muslims 10 percent. The remainder practices indigenous beliefs (animism), although many indigenous beliefs are also incorporated into Christian and Islamic practice throughout the country.