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The flag and national anthem of Cameroon.

The Republic of Cameroon (French: République du Cameroun) is a unitary republic of central and western Africa. It is bordered by Nigeria to the west; Chad to the northeast; the Central African Republic to the east; and Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and the Republic of the Congo to the south. Cameroon's coastline lies on the Bight of Bonny, part of the Gulf of Guinea and the Atlantic Ocean. The country is called "Africa in miniature" for its geological and cultural diversity. Natural features include beaches, deserts, mountains, rainforests, and savannas. The highest point is Mount Cameroon in the southwest, and the largest cities are Douala, Yaoundé, and Garoua. Cameroon is home to over 200 different ethnic and linguistic groups. The country is well known for its native styles of music, particularly makossa and bikutsi, and for its successful national football team. English and French are the official languages.

Religion in Cameroon

Christianity is the religion of 405 of the people of Cameroon and Islam that of 205. Most of the rest of the population follow indigenous African beliefs, less than 0.1% are Buddhists.

Christians are mostly concentrated in the south and west of the country, those in French-speaking areas are mostly Roman Catholics, wheras those in English-speaking areas are usually Protestants. The highest concentration of Muslims is in the north of the country. Large cities throughout the country have sizeable populations of both Christians and Muslims, mosques and churches are often found in close proximity to each other.

Belief in witchcraft is widespread in Cameroon and suspected witches often become victims of mob violence.

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