The Democratic Republic of the Congo République Démocratique du Congo; also:DRC or D.R. Congo is a country in Central Africa. It straddles the Equator and is surrounded by Angola to the southwest, Angola's discontiguous Cabinda Province lies to the west and north of a very narrow strip of land that controls the lower Congo River and is only outlet to South Atlantic Ocean, Republic of the Congo to the northwest, Central African Republic to the north, South Sudan to the northeast, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and Tanzania in the east from north to south, and Zambia to the southeast.

The country has formerly been known as Congo Free State, Belgian Congo, Congo or Zaire. The country is also known as Congo-Kinshasa to distinguish it from its northwestern neighbor, the Republic of Congo Congo-Brazzaville.