Includes official and accepted business languages spoken in this country/economy.

French is the business language.  Four regional languages have official status: Kikongo (Kongo Central and Bandundu), Kiswahili (Katanga, Kivus and Orientale), Lingala (Kinshasa, Equateur and within the Congo River Valley), and Tshiluba (Kasais).  Knowledge of English is limited to expatriates, though a few Congolese businesspersons have some knowledge of English. Congolese who are fluent in English have a significant advantage for job and business opportunities.

Prepared by our U.S. Embassies abroad. With its network of 108 offices across the United States and in more than 75 countries, the U.S. Commercial Service of the U.S. Department of Commerce utilizes its global presence and international marketing expertise to help U.S. companies sell their products and services worldwide. Locate the U.S. Commercial Service trade specialist in the U.S. nearest you by visiting