Countries of the World - Angola

@just4him (304828)
Green Bay, Wisconsin
February 28, 2024 10:02am CST
ANGOLA Angola is a Portuguese-speaking country in southern Africa, officially known as the Republic of Angola. Angola is bordered by Namibia to the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Zambia to the east, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west. It is the second largest Portuguese speaking country by population and area, and the seventh largest country in Africa. Angola has an exclave province – Cabinda that borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola Capital – Luanda Official language – Portuguese Religion – 92.9% Christianity 5.1% Traditional faiths 1.1% Islam .9% Other Formation – 11 November 1975 United Nations full membership – 22 November 1976 Current Constitution – 21 January 2010 Area – 1,246,700 km2, 481,400 sq. mi. Population – 2023 estimate - 37,290,193 Currency – Angolan kwanza Portuguese settlement started with coastal settlements and trading posts in the sixteenth century. European settlers gradually settled in the interior in the nineteenth century. Its present borders came about in the early twentieth century. Angola achieved independence in 1975 and then descended into a devasting war in the same year between the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the militant organization National Liberation Front of Angola. Following the end of the war in 2002, the country emerged as a stable constitutional republic. Angola has numerous mineral and petroleum reserves. Its economy is among the fastest growing in the world. Yet its standard of living remains low. Life expectancy in Angola is among the lowest in the world while infant mortality is among the highest. Located in the tropics, Angola experiences two alternating seasons, rainy and dry. In the north the rainy season lasts seven months from September to April and slacks off slightly in January and February. In the south the rainy season is from November to February. The dry season is characterized by heavy morning mist. Generally, northern Angola has more precipitation, but at any altitude, it is greater in the interior than along the coast. After the Civil War, Angola had the fastest growing economy in Africa and is one of the fastest growing in the world with an average GDP growth of 20% between 2005-2007. During 2001-2010, Angola had the highest average GDP growth in the world at 11.1% China is Angola’s largest trade partner. Its main imports are crude oil and diamonds. As of 2021 the biggest import partners were the European Union, followed by China, the US and Brazil. More than half of Angola’s exports go to China, followed by a significantly smaller amount to India, the EU and UAE. Diamonds and oil make up 60% of Anglo’s economy. Angola has four main sports: Basketball, football, handball, and roller hockey. The basketball national team has won the AfroBasket eleven times and holds the record for most titles. It’s a regular competitor at the Summer Olympics and FIBA World Cup. In football, Angola hosted the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations. The national football team qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. They won three COSAFA cups and finished runner up in 2011 African Nations Championship. Angola also participates in the World Women’s Handball Championships and has appeared in the Summer Olympics. They also hosted the FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup. The image is the Angolan Flag public domain.
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@LadyDuck (456703)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
I knew they speak Portuguese, but I knew very little of this country.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
I found it fascinating. There's a lot more about politics and the Civil War that I didn't go into.
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@LadyDuck (456703)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
@just4him I remember the very long civil war in Angola. They have not yet fully recovered.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
@LadyDuck I'm sure they haven't, but they are in recovery.
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• Rupert, Idaho
28 Feb
I knew it was in Africa, but that is about it! Good info to know.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
Thank you. I'm glad you found it interesting.
• Rupert, Idaho
28 Feb
@just4him no problem...
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@vandana7 (98615)
• India
7 Mar
Good information. When was this civil war? And why is the mortality rate so high.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
8 Mar
The Civil War took place from 1975 to 1991. The infant mortality rate is high due to niacin deficiency.
@JudyEv (324891)
• Rockingham, Australia
29 Feb
I'm always a bit surprised when the official language of some of these African nations isn't a native tongue or dialect.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Feb
So, am I. The Portuguese colonized it giving it their language.
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@kobesbuddy (74136)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Feb
I'd love to watch women's handball. Crude oil and diamonds, that takes a lot of cash! It's no wonder Angola's economy is growing:) Yet, many of these people live economically, in the lower income bracket.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
Yes, they do. I'm sure the handball would be fun to watch.
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@kobesbuddy (74136)
• East Tawas, Michigan
28 Feb
@just4him I've never heard of handball, it's probably similar to socker.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
@kobesbuddy No. It's a small ball. It's like tennis. There are two players. They both stand side by side and hit the ball with their hand against a wall on the far side of the room. About the size of a regular tennis court. I've seen it in movies. If it's the same game, I'm thinking of.
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@LindaOHio (154840)
• United States
29 Feb
Interesting that they speak Portuguese in Africa. Interesting post. Have a good day.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Feb
The Portuguese colonized it.
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@DWDavis (25812)
• Pikeville, North Carolina
28 Feb
Angola went through a horrible time after the end of colonialism but has emerged as a nation with a lot of potential. Hopefully, the wealth stops accumulating in the hands of the few and the standard of living will rise for a much larger portion of the population.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
It would be good to see a rise in the standard of living.
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@dya80dya (33300)
28 Feb
I haven't heard of this country before. It's interesting.
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@just4him (304828)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
29 Feb
Yes, it is.