Geography

Located on the West coast of Southern Africa, Angola was under colonial rule until November 11, 1975, date on which it became an independent nation. It extends over an area of 1,246,700 Km2.

The country is divided into 18 provinces, being Luanda the capital. With a total of 4,837 Km long borderline, Angola is bordered with Congo-Brazzaville at the Northern province of Cabinda, the Democratic Republic of Congo (former Zaïre) to the North and East, Zambia to the East, and Namibia to the South.

Angola has an Atlantic Ocean coastline of 1,650 Km long. The country’s major ports include Luanda, Lobito, and Namibe. The country’s highest peak is Mount Moco, 2,620 m high, located in Huambo province. With a privileged continental hydrographic system, Angola’s main rivers are Kwanza, Záire, Cunene, and Cubango. Kwanza (Kz) is the name of the national currency.

Statistics

Population: 28 millions, 359 mil e 634 people (according to the projection made by the National Statistical Institute from 2014 to 2050)

Life Expenctancy: Male 50.9 years; Female 54.0 years (WHO data published in 2015 life expectancy in Angola is: Male 50.9, female 54.0 and total life expectancy is 52.4 which gives Angola a World Life Expectancy ranking of 182)

Angola population is equivalent to 0.39% of the total world population.

Angola ranks number 46 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population.

The population density in Angola is: 24 per Km2 (62 people per mi2).

The total land area is: 1,246,700 Km2 (481,353 sq. miles)

37.1 % of the population is urban (11,047,226 people in 2018)

The median age in Angola is: 16.5 years

Fertility rate: 5.88

Country's Share of World Pop: 0.40% (2018 est.)

Political SystemType of regime: Democracy

President of the Republic: João Lourenço

Legislative branch: National Assembly

Executive branch: Head of Government (President of the Republic); Government

Judiciary branch: Supreme Court - The Courts

Economy

Currency: Kwanza (Kz
Natural resources:
petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, gold, bauxite, uranium
Exports:
oil, diamonds, refined petroleum products, gas, coffee
Imports:
machinery, electrical equipment, vehicles and spare parts, medicines, food, textiles and clothing

Useful information

Airports: Angola has an excellent airport system covering the entire country. The system is open to international traffic through 4 de Fevereiro International Airport in Luanda.

Customs: Upon arrival at Luanda, the passenger may choose either the green route, if he or she has nothing to declare, or the red route, if he or she carries items subject to customs fees. Items for personal effects are tax free.

Health: A vaccination certificate for yellow fever is required to enter the country. Well equipped clinics are available for visitors requiring immediate health care.

Driver’s License: An international and local driver’s license is required to drive in the country.

Languages: Portuguese is the official language

Visa Info: Visas To enter Angola visitors must obtain a visa at the country of origin’s Angolan consular office. A passport size picture, a valid passport, and a completed application form must be submitted.

Telephones: A land system operator and two cellular phone operators exist in the country, enabling easy domestic and international calls.

Time: The time, GMT/UTC, is unchanged throughout the year.