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Capital: Luanda

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Located in southwestern Africa Angola borders the Democratic Republic of Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, Namibia to the south with a west coast along the Atlantic Ocean. The exclave province Cabinda shares border with Congo-Brazzaville. Formerly under the rule of Portuguese, the country boasts substantial natural resources including oil, gas, manganese and diamonds. Although it ceased to be a Portuguese colony in November 1975, it played host to Africa’s longest civil war, with an estimated cost of 500,000 lives.

Angola is making efforts to rebuild itself after the ceasefire was announced with the 27-year civil war coming to an end in 2002. Formally named the Republic of Angola, The country is ostensibly at peace and is nominally a democracy. Kumbaya is the most famous folk song of Angola.

Capital: Luanda
Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo
Climate: semiarid, hot, rainy season
Total Area: 1,246,700 sq km
Total Population: 12,263,596
Population Growth Rate: 2.184%
Sex Ratio: 1.021 male(s)/female
Literacy: 66.8%
Ethnic Groups: Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo, mestico (mixed European and native African) , European
Irrigated land: 800 sq km
Languages: Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Time Zone: UTC+1
Currency: kwanza

Travel Overview
Tourist attractions in Angola include the cities of Luanda, Benguela and Lobito. Luanda is the capital of Angola and the biggest city. Along the coast, the cities Benguela and Lobito are worth a visit. As you go down further south, Lubango offers stunning scenery and tranquil surroundings. Kissama (Quiçama) National Park is located some 70 km south of Luanda. Iona National Park is located some 200 km south of Namibe and borders Namibia's Skeleton Coast.

Neighbouring countries: Congo, Namibia, Zambia
Type of govt.: republic; multiparty presidential regime
Head of Govt.: President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos
Major Political Parties: Liberal Democratic Party or PLD, National Front for the Liberation of Angola or FNLA, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola or UNITA, Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola or MPLA, Social Renewal Party or PRS

Participation in International Organizations: ACP, AfDB, AU, COMESA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITU, ITUC, MIGA, NAM, OAS (observer), OPEC, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO

Major Agricultural Products: bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish

Natural Resources & Minerals: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium
Industry & Transport: petroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing, brewing, tobacco products, sugar; textiles; ship repair

Airports: 244
Railways: 2,761 km

51,429 km
Waterways: 1,300 km
Major Trade Partners: US, China, France, Chile, Taiwan, Portugal, South Africa, Brazil

Exports: $35.53 billion
Imports: $10.21 billion


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