11 Facts About Cameroon

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

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2. 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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3. 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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4. 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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5. In 1994 Cameroon petitioned the International Court of Justice to resolve the dispute.

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6. 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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7. At 475,442 square kilometres, Cameroon is the world's 53rd-largest country.

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

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

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

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

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