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Aboute Cameroon
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About Cameroon

Location: Cameroon is located in Western Africa, bordering the Bight of Biafra, between Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria

Area: slightly larger than California

Population: About 18 million people live in Cameroon.

Age distribution:
0-14 years: 41.3% (male 3,763,332/female 3,695,053)
15-64 years: 55.5% (male 5,029,658/female 4,994,786)
65 years and over: 3.2% (male 266,616/female 310,937)

Median age: 19 years

Life expectancy: 53 years


  • definition: age 15 and over can read and write
  • total population: 67.9%
  • male: 77%
  • female: 59.8%
Language: 24 major African language groups, English & French (official)

Religions: indigenous beliefs 40%, Christian 40%, Muslim 20%

Economy: 48% of the population lives below poverty line.