Angola

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Cities Angola  
Country information country code: AO
continent: Africa
capital: Luanda
languages: Portuguese

EU membership: no
NATO membership: no

GSM: 900
GPS: 12 30 S, 18 30 E
electricity: 220V/50Hz

currency:
Angolan Kwanza: AOA
1AOA = 0.011 USD
1AOA = 0.009 EUR

phone code: +244-2

Travel advices and warnings Angola
Tourism The tourism industry in Angola is based on the country's natural beauty, including its rivers, waterfalls and scenic coastline. A Washington Post article on tourism in the country says that "Angola is a giant jigsaw puzzle of different climates, landscapes, cultures and colors. " Angola's tourism industry is relatively new, as much of the country was destroyed during the post-colonial civil war which ended in 2002
Language Using the data from the 1983 census of Angola, Portuguese is both the official and predominant language, as it is spoken in the homes of about two-thirds of the population and as a second language by many more throughout the country. Of the 60% Portuguese native speakers, half could speak only Portuguese, while the other half spoke a Bantu language as a second tongue. [1] However, this source cannot be considered as reliable. In fact, the proportion of people who speak Portuguese as their sole language is considerably lower; according to current (2010) estimates, it is about one third.
Cuisine One of the most popular Angolan dishes and worth a try is the Angolan river fish, Kakusso, served with beans and cooked in palm oil.

read more: http://www. tntmagazine. com/travel/destinations/africa/angola/food-and-drink/food-amp-drink-in-angola. aspx#ixzz1Zt9LLadY Also try Calulu. It is dried fish or meat layered with fresh fish or fresh meat, onion, tomatoes, okra and sweet potato leaves.
Currency The kwanza (sign: Kz; ISO 4217 code: AOA) is the currency of Angola. Four different currencies using the name kwanza have circulated since 1977.
Cultura The cultural origins of Angola are tied to the traditions of the central Bantu peoples and the ancient kingdom of Kongo. Located on the southwestern coast of Africa, Angola became a key colony in the growing Portuguese empire after 1500, but for most of the years of its domination Portugal exerted little cultural influence, content to control the slave trade from forts along the coast. Only after the mid–19th century did Portugal seek control of the entire territory, thus spawning a resistance that inspired much art and literature. Angola’s struggle for independence was long and violent, and life in the independent nation has also been marred by intense civil war. Such disorder has obstructed the development of Bantu customs and also destroyed the more Portuguese traditions of the coastal cities.
Cost The cost of living in Angola can best be described as astronomical. Most expats live in the capital city of Luanda, which topped the 2010 Mercer Cost of Living Survey as the most expensive expat destination in the world; even trumping the likes of London, Tokyo and Moscow.

Luanda, Angola

Monday 29, May

From wikipedia about Angola

Angola, officially the Republic of Angola (República de Angola, ;This is the pronunciation in Portugal; in Angola it is pronounced as it is written Kikongo, Kimbundu, Umbundu: Repubilika ya Ngola), is a country in south-central Africa bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east; its west coast is on the Atlantic Ocean with Luanda as its capital city. The exclave province of Cabinda has borders with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

The Portuguese were present in some—mostly coastal—points of the territory of what is now Angola, from the 16th to the 19th century, interacting in diverse ways with the peoples that lived there. In the 19th century they slowly and hesitantly began to establish themselves in the interior. Angola as a Portuguese colony was not established before the end of the 19th century, and "effective occupation", as required by the Berlin Conference (1884) was achieved in the 1920s as with most African colonies. After independence, Angola was the scene of an intense civil war from 1975 to 2002. The country has vast mineral and petroleum reserves; however, its life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst-ranked in the world. www. cia. gov (2009)
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