The people: an extraordinary ethnic diversity

Cameroon has an extraordinary mixture of populations with more than 240 tribes which are found in three main ethnic groups; Bantus, Semi-Bantus and Sudanese. The number of national languages spoken in the country is more than 240. The most notable tribes are: 


French and English are the official languages, which are spoken by 70% and 30% of the population respectively. Spanish and German are equally spoken by a few city-dwellers.


Cameroon is a secular state. Two major religions have followers ; Christianity and Islam. Animism is also widely practised.

Public Holidays

Religious: Good Friday, Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Assumption, Christmas, End of Muslim Fasting, Feast of the Ram.

Secular: New Year, Youth Day (11th February), Labour Day (1st May), National Day (20th May).