22 Astonishing Facts About Angola

    1. Angola is a large, oil-rich country in Southern Africa.
    2. It is bordered by Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north and east, Zambia to the east and Botswana and Namibia to the south. It also has a coastline along the Atlantic Ocean to the west.
    3. The coordinates for Angola are 8.8333° S, 13.3333°
    4. The terrain here is a highly populated, yet narrow coastal plain which quickly rises to vast plateaus inland.
    5. The total land area of Angola is 481,354 square miles (1,246,700 square kilometres).
    6. Interestingly, a small part of Angola is actually separated from the rest of the country by Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Congo river!
    7. Angola’s population was 22.8 million in 2015.
    8. The capital is Luanda which covers an area of 43.6 square miles (113 square kilometres) and has a population of 6.5 million (2014).
    9. Luanda is unofficially known as the ‘Paris of Africa’ due to its sophisticated culture and atmosphere… it’s already on our ‘To visit’ list!

    1. It is also one of the most expensive cities in the world, where apartments can cost £8,000+ per month!
    2. The average life span here is 40 years.
    3. The Giant Sable Antelope was thought to be extinct until it was found to be endemic to Angola in 2004!
    4. One of the largest waterfalls in Africa, the Ruacana Falls is located in Angola. This beautiful wonder of nature is an incredible 2,300ft wide and 390ft high!
    5. Apparently, tipping is not commonplace in Angola. If you do decide to tip, however, you don’t need to do so in cash! Cigarettes, for example, are allegedly an acceptable form of tipping!
    6. The climate in the south of Angola is semi-arid, with the north experiencing a cool, dry season from May to October, followed by a hot, rainy season from November to April.
    7. The official language of Angola is Portuguese, although Bantu is also spoken here.
    8. Angolan Kwanza is the official currency of Angola. Until 2012 it was illegal to attempt to take it out of the country as a souvenir, however that is no longer the case.

  1. Be warned, it is illegal to use cameras, maps, GPS equipment or binoculars near a government building in Angola – if you’re a keen holiday snapper make sure you know where these buildings are!
  2. Angola grows bananas, coffee, sisal and sugarcane, rears livestock, catches fish and produces forest products.
  3. Its industry consists of diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, petroleum, feldspar, bauxite, gold and uranium.
  4. Angola also exports crude oil, refined petroleum products, gas and diamonds.
  5. The international dialling code for Angola is 00244; don’t forget to pass it onto your friends before you head off onto your travels!  To find out how to make cheap calls to Angola, click here!

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