Angola located in Southern Africa is bordered to the north by Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the east by Zambia, to the south by Namibia and to the to west by Atlantic Ocean. Angola has large mineral and petroleum reserves, with one of the fastest growing in the world, especially since the end of the civil war.
Population: 21.47 million according to World Bank (2013). Nearly 70% of the population in Angola is under the age of 24.
Capital City: Luanda is known as the ” Paris of Africa” – It is said to be the most expensive city in the world according to www.bbc.com. This is apparently due to the city’s sophisticated culture and atmosphere.
Independence: November 11, 1975. It is the last country in Africa to gain independence from Portugal.
Currency: Angolan Kwanza (AOA)
Language: Portuguese (official ), Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo, and Tchokwe,bantu and other African languages
Religion: 38% are Roman catholic, 15% are protestant and 47% are indigenous beliefs.
Internet domain: .ao
Dialing code: +244
Life Expectancy: average life expectancy is 54.59 years, according to the CIA Factbook (2012 est.)
Literacy Percent: 70.4
Angola ranks seventh on the list of largest countries in Africa.
Angola is the 2nd largest oil and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mountain Serra is the highest mountain in Angola which is 2610 meters.
In Angola, it is illegal to take Angola’s kwanza (currency) outside the country.
Ruacana Falls, one of Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders is located in Angola.
Angola is said to have the highest death rate (mortality) in the world according to the CIA Factbook. For every 1000 people, there are 23.4 deaths a year (2011 statistics).
Angola also is the home to the giant sable antelope. They were believed to have gone into extinction until they were discovered few years ago.
After 27 years of civil war in Angola, there seems to be shortage of men in the country. So it’s unusual for a man to have several “non-official” wives.
The country’s name is derived from the Kimbundu word N’gola, meaning King – N’gola (King) Kiluange was the king of the Ndongo Kingdom at the time of the Portuguese arrival in what is now Angola.
Angola’s traditional music is the semba – Brazilian samba is believed to have originated in Angola, where it’s known as “semba”. The two are very similar. Angolan semba was danced to celebrate different occasions and is known as the music of the sea.
Angola’s national tree is the majestic Imbondeiro – There is one tree that is special to Angolan. There was a popular belief that God planted this tree, also known as “Boabob” upside down. The unusual looking Imbondeiro tree can be found growing all over the country and on local artwork.
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