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Extinct: no
Family: Niger-Congo
Branch: Bantu
Continent: Africa
Country: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: Bas-Congo Province. Cataract dialect in Bas-Congo Province and around Mbanza Manteke, Fioti north of Boma and scattered communities along the Congo River from Brazzaville to its mouth. Also spoken in Angola, Congo. SAN SALVADOR: Along the Congo River below Kinshasa in DRC and northern Angola. Also spoken in Angola.
Countries Where Spoken: 1,000,000 in DRC (1986 UBS). Population total all countries 3,217,000 (1991 UBS). Angola, Congo. SAN SALVADOR: Population total both countries 1,500,000 (1989 UBS). Angola.
Countries Where Official: Democratic Republic of Congo
Native Speakers: 3,217,000
Speakers Total: 3,217,000
Phrasebase members who speak Kongo at a native level: 0
Phrasebase members who speak Kongo at a conversational level: 0
Phrasebase members primary language they are trying to learn is Kongo: 0
Phrasebase members secondary language they are trying to learn is Kongo: 0
Three Letter Code: KON
Summary: Fioti and San Salvador are distinct enough to need separate literature. Fioti is also spoken by the Buende and Vili peoples. National language. SVO (for Dzamba). Christian. Bible 1905-1933. SAN SALVADOR: Bible 1916-1926.

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