The People of Cameroon
 

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Language

It has over 226 ethnic languages and  official languages are French and English. Pidgin language (made up of a combination of French,English and Spanish languages)  is widely spoken.Its is a native language and  can be learned easily if one understands these three languages. However to get along officially in many cases you will be forced to speak French.

Demography

Cameroon has a population of 16.6 million (UN, 2005 estimate).It has a population growth rate of 1.97 %( 2004 est.).

Cameroon has a youthful population with the 54.8 percentage of the population between 15 to 64 yrs old.

 Hence more than 90% of the population is between 0 to 64 yrs old.

Age structure

 0-14 years: 42% (male 3,416,086; female 3,334,904),

15-64 years: 54.8% (male 4,425,246; female 4,370,329),

65 years and over: and 3.2% (male 233,506; female 283,607) (2004 est.)

The greater part of the population still live on subsistence agriculture hence 70 % of the population are in the agricultural field, 13 % in industry and commerce and the other fields 17 %.The unemployment rate is about 30 % from the 2004 estimates.

The population considered to be below poverty line is 48 % in 2004 estimates. The following industries flourish in Cameroon light consumer goods production, food processing, petroleum production and mining,textiles and lumbering.

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