On 2014-10-29, ISO 3166-2 changed the status of all divisions to departments, reflecting the constitution of 2002.
"Geopolitical Entities, Names, and Codes, Edition 2" (GENC), a U.S. standard that's supposed to correspond to ISO 3166-2, was issued on
2014-03-31. It gives Pointe-Noire the code
CG-16. Its codes for all the other departments match the ISO codes. However, ISO
hasn't yet officially issued a code for Pointe-Noire.
Update 14 to Geopolitical Entities and Codes (formerly FIPS 10-4) is dated 2013-12-31. It defines a code for Pointe-Noire department.
I have updated the populations to show the results of the 2007 census. The government of the Congo Republic has invalidated the results of the 1996 census, because some files and surveys were destroyed by civil war in 1997-99.
Source  says that under Law No. 10-2003 (2003-02-06), the Congo Republic consists of six communes and twelve departments. The table which follows makes it clear that the six communes are subdivisions of some of the departments. In two cases, Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire, the communes are co-extensive with their departments. The difference between this and the prior situation is that Pointe-Noire commune and department were split from Kouilou department. Source  was updated on 2007-10-02, changing the number of subdivisions from 10 regions to 12 departments, and reclassifying Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire from urban communes to departments. The more specific article "Subdivisions de la République du Congo" hasn't been updated yet (2009). With Pointe-Noire no longer in Kouilou department, the capital of the latter is now Loango, in Hinda district. Source  says that the capital is Hinda; perhaps it's referring to the district. The administration was actually located in Pointe-Noire until a headquarters could be opened in Loango. The new building was dedicated on 2009-07-28.
Cuvette-Ouest department was created by Law 002/95 of 1995-02-18. It is divided into Etoumbi, Ewo, Kéllé, Mbama, Mbomo, and Okoyo districts. It is said to have a population of over 60,000 as of 2004, and an area of about 26,000 km.². A different source says that the area of Cuvette is 41,800 km.², and of Cuvette-Ouest, 27,200 km.²; this disagrees with the figure formerly given for the combined region, 74,850 km.².
Cuvette-Ouest was listed in both versions of international standard ISO 3166-2, starting with the draft standard which was distributed in late 1996. FIPS Publication Change Notice No. 10, affecting FIPS PUB 10-4, was issued on 2006-03-23. It assigns a new FIPS code to Cuvette-Ouest and changes the code for Cuvette, from which it was split.
|Short name||REPUBLIC OF CONGO|
|Languages||French (fr), Lingala (ln), Monokutuba|
Congo was one of the territories of French Equatorial Africa until 1960, under the name Moyen Congo. (For further details, see Central African Republic.) It gained independence on 1960-08-15 and took the name République du Congo (Republic of Congo). There was already a République du Congo across the river from it. Most people distinguished the two countries by calling them Congo-Léopoldville and Congo-Brazzaville, according to their capitals. In 1970-01, this country's name was changed to People's Republic of Congo, but the change was later reversed.
from the Congo river, which came from the ethnic name Kikongo
Republic of Congo is divided into twelve départements (formerly called régions), of which two are also communes: Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire.
See the Districts of the Republic of Congo page.
The departments are subdivided into districts, which are further subdivided into communes.
According to source , the divisions of the Congo Republic were twelve prefectures and one autonomous sub-prefecture, as shown in this table. This probably represents the divisions when the country gained its independence.
CG.KO; former capital Pointe-Noire).
Population sources:  - 1960, 1974 (proleptic);  - 1984;  - 1996;  - 2007.
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