29 Facts About Cameroon


Cameroon; French: Cameroun), officially the Republic of Cameroon (French: Republique du Cameroun), is a country in west-central Africa.

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In 1960, the French-administered part of Cameroon became independent, as the Republic of Cameroun, under President Ahmadou Ahidjo.

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Cameroon is well known for its native music styles, particularly Makossa, Njang and Bikutsi, and for its successful national football team.

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Originally, Cameroon was the exonym given by the Portuguese to the Wouri River, which they called Rio dos Camaroes meaning "river of shrimps" or "shrimp river", referring to the then abundant Cameroon ghost shrimp.

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Cameroon turned to foreign aid, cut government spending, and privatised industries.

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The 1992 Labour Code of Cameroon gives workers the freedom to belong to a trade union or not to belong to any trade union at all.

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Boko Haram launched several attacks into Cameroon, killing 84 civilians in a December 2014 raid, but suffering a heavy defeat in a raid in January 2015.

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President of Cameroon is elected and creates policy, administers government agencies, commands the armed forces, negotiates and ratifies treaties, and declares a state of emergency.

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Cameroon's legal system is a mixture of civil law, common law, and customary law.

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Cameroon is viewed as rife with corruption at all levels of government.

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Cameroon is a member of both the Commonwealth of Nations and La Francophonie.

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Cameroon relies heavily on France for its defence, although military spending is high in comparison to other sectors of government.

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In 1994 Cameroon petitioned the International Court of Justice to resolve the dispute.

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In July 2019, UN ambassadors of 37 countries, including Cameroon, signed a joint letter to the UNHRC defending China's treatment of Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region.

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Cameroon is divided into five major geographic zones distinguished by dominant physical, climatic, and vegetative features.

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Cameroon is part of the Bank of Central African States, the Customs and Economic Union of Central Africa (UDEAC) and the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law in Africa (OHADA).

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Since the late 1980s, Cameroon has been following programmes advocated by the World Bank and International Monetary Fund to reduce poverty, privatise industries, and increase economic growth.

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Cameroon possesses substantial mineral resources, but these are not extensively mined.

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Cameroon's population is almost evenly divided between urban and rural dwellers.

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Southern Cameroon is inhabited by speakers of Bantu and Semi-Bantu languages.

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In 2007, Cameroon hosted approximately 97, 400 refugees and asylum seekers.

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Today, Cameroon is one of the African countries with the highest number of people with knowledge of German.

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Cameroon has a high level of religious freedom and diversity.

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Muslims in Cameroon are divided into Sufis, Salafis, Shias, and non-denominational Muslims.

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Cameroon has one of the highest school attendance rates in Africa.

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In Cameroon, there is only one doctor for every 5, 000 people, according to the World Health Organization.

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Cameroon is one of the few tropical countries to have competed in the Winter Olympics.

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Cameroon has won five African Cup of Nations titles and the gold medal at the 2000 Olympics.

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Cameroon was the host country of the Women Africa Cup of Nations in November–December 2016, the 2020 African Nations Championship and the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations.

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