Interesting Facts About Mozambique

The name “Mozambique” is supposedly gotten from the Swahili Musa al Bigthe name of an Arab sheikh who lived on the northern Ilha de Moçambique when the Portuguese arrived in the area. Mozambique is located in Southeastern Africa and it is bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east and Tanzania to the north, South Africa to the south west and Zimbabwe to the west.

Population: 27 464 230

Capital City: The capital city is Maputo ( formerly known as Lourenço Marques ), it is also the largest in Mozambique.

Independence: June 25, 1975

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Currency: Mozambican metical

Language: Portuguese (official ), Swahili, Makonde, Emakhuwa, Xichangana, Elomwe, XiTswa and others.  50.3% of the population speaks Portuguese. While 10.7% of the population speaks it as their first language, 39.7% speaks it as their second language.

Religion: 30.1%, other 4% (1997 census)Roman Catholic 28.4%, Muslim 17.9%, Zionist Christian 15.5%, Protestant 12.2% (includes Pentecostal 10.9% and Anglican 1.3%), other 6.7%, none 18.7%, unspecified 0.7% (2007 est.).

Internet domain: .mz

Dialing code: +258

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Zambezi River is the Longest River in Mozambique

Lake Niassa is one of Africa’s largest lakes, and is found at the south eastern border of Mozambique

Life Expectancy:  average life expectancy  is 53

Literacy Percent: 48 according to travel.nationalgeographic.com

The Mozambique Island “The Bazarut Archipelago” is the largest marine reserve in the Indian Ocean.

Mozambique’s coastline is home to five of seven endangered species of sea turtles.

The CFM railway station in Mozambique is considered one of the most beautiful in the world, according to travelandleisure.com

Source: www.mapsofworld.com