Yaoundé, spread over 7 hills, is the capital city of Cameroon. It is in the southern part of the country. The 20th-century Notre Dame des Victoires cathedral has a striking triangular roof. Nearby, in the Lake Quarter, the former presidential palace is home to the National Museum, with cultural exhibits such as masks and sculptures. Farther west, Mvog-Betsi Zoo is home to primates rescued from the bushmeat trade. Cameroon and, with a population of more than 2.8 million, the second-largest city in the country after the port city Douala. It lies in the Centre Region of the nation at an elevation of about 750 metres (2,500 ft) above sea level.
Historical, Cultural facts & Religion
It is situated on a hilly, forested plateau between the Nyong and Sanaga rivers in the south-central part of the country. Founded in 1888 during the period of the German protectorate, Yaoundé was occupied by Belgian troops in 1915 and was declared the capital of French Cameroun in 1922. Cameroon culture consists of numerous religions including Christianity (about 69%), Islam (about 21%), and many other indigenous religions. The citizens of Cameroon are entitled to freedom of religion, as it is stated within their constitution.
Brief City History
Yaoundé also spelled Yaunde, city and capital of Cameroon. It is situated on a hilly, forested plateau between the Nyong and Sanaga rivers in the south-central part of the country. Founded in 1888 during the period of the German protectorate, Yaoundé was occupied by Belgian troops in 1915 and was declared the capital of French Cameroun in 1922. From 1940 to 1946 it was replaced as the capital by Douala, but after independence, it became the seat of the government of Cameroun in 1960, of the federal government in 1961, and of the united republic in 1972. The city has grown as an administrative, service, and commercial centre and a communications hub for road, rail, and air transport. Yaoundé contains several small manufacturing and processing industries (a cigarette factory, a brewery, sawmills, and printing presses) and is also the market for one of the richest agricultural areas in the country. The University of Yaoundé was founded in 1962; the city also has schools of education, agriculture, health, engineering, journalism, administration, and international relations. The Pasteur Centre of Cameroon, which conducts biomedical research, is among Yaoundé’s many research institutes, and the national library and archives are located in the city. Natural features in the vicinity include Nachtigal Falls and a chain of grottoes known as Akok-Bekoe (Grottoes of the Pygmies). Pop. (2005) 1,817,524; (2010 est.) 1,801,000.
Language (s) Written & Spoken
To be short, yes French is the official language, but you should not be surprised to hear many other languages. In fact, there are more than 250 ethnic groups in Cameroon each one having his own language, being the Capital city you can find all these languages in Yaoundé.
Important Types of Commerce in Yaoundé
Manufacturing contributes 17.3% of Cameroon’s GDP (2008). The main manufacturing activities are in petroleum production and refining, aluminium production, food processing, light consumer goods, textiles and ship repair. Douala is the largest manufacturing centre.
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