Agence France-PresseMay 2, 2013 10:15
Chad, where a foiled coup attempt left several people dead, is a poor, mainly desert country in north-central Africa with a history of instability.
LOCATION: At 1,284,000 square kilometres (495,800 square miles), Chad is bordered by Libya to the north, Sudan to the east, the Central African Republic to the south and Cameroon, Nigeria and Niger to the west.
POPULATION: 11.5 million (2011, World Bank).
LANGUAGES: French and Arabic.
RELIGIONS: Islam (53 percent), Christianity (30 percent, animist (20 percent.