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Angola
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Angola with its capital Luanda is located in Africa (Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean). It covers some 1,246,701 square kilometres (slightly less than twice the size of Texas) with 12,531,000 citizens. Portuguese is the language commonly spoken by people in Angola. Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Zambia and Republic of the Congo are bordering countries.

Angola is a country in Central Africa. Mussulo Island is a beautiful extension of land situated in the south of Luanda (the capital). It is famous for its natural beauty. Angolan cuisine is varied and tasty, with local dishes based mainly on fish, cassava products and spicy stews. Angolan seafood is abundant and very good, and the Angolan coast is a special place to eat fresh lobster right off the fisherman's boat. Traveling in Angola requires a minimum of knowledge of the Portuguese language. Also, due to the fact that lots of people migrate from neighbouring countries to Angola, it is sometimes possible to use French and Afrikaans. The official currency of Angola is the kwanza (AOA). It is prohibited to import or export any sum of kwanza, and attempting to do so will result in confiscation of the currency and penalties levied.

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Landscape, climate and basic hints for travelling

National Tourism office

Website: Angola Tourism

The terrain offers narrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau. The average density of population is about 10 per km². The climate in Angola can be described as semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda with north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April). Possible natural disasters include locally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on the plateau.

To reach someone in Angola dial +244 prior to a number. There are 303,200 installed telephones. And there are 8,109,000 registered mobile phones. The cellular networks operate on frequencies of 900 Mhz. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".ao". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery charger), keep in mind the local 220V - 50Hz.

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Description of the flag of Angola

Two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and black with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete (in the style of a hammer and sickle); red represents liberty, black the African continent, the symbols characterize workers and peasants.

National administrative regions of Angola

Historical background information

Angola is still rebuilding its country since the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002. Fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas SAVIMBI, followed independence from Portugal in 1975. Peace seemed imminent in 1992 when Angola held national elections, but fighting picked up again in 1993. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - during the more than a quarter century of fighting. SAVIMBI's death in 2002 ended UNITA''s insurgency and cemented the MPLA''s hold on power. President DOS SANTOS pushed through a new constitution in 2010; elections held in 2012 saw him installed as president.

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