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Luanda, Angola

Luanda is the largest city and capital of Angola. It is the largest Portuguese speaking capital city in the world, and the third largest Portuguese speaking city in the world. Nearly 1/3 of all Angolans (nearly 5,000,000) live in or around Luanda; 53% of which live in poverty. Luanda is currently under major reconstruction and is actually one of the most expensive cities in the world for foreigners to visit. 
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Congo River

The massive Congo River is the world’s deepest river, with a maximum depth of 720 feet. At 2,920 miles in length, the Congo River (combined with the Chambeshi River) is the 9th longest river in the world and the 2nd longest in Africa. The Congo River flows through ten Africa nations before emptying into the Atlantic Ocean. Much of the river weaves through the Congo rainforest, the world’s second largest rainforest. 
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Zambezi River

At 1,599 miles in length, the Zambezi is the fourth largest river in Africa, and the largest that flows into the Indian Ocean from Africa. Hippopotamuses can often be observed in the Zambezi River. Lions, cheetahs, zebras and giraffes can also be seen along its shores. The most famous feature of the river is probably Victoria Falls, on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, which is considered the largest waterfall in the world. 

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Mt. Moco

At 8,600 feet in height, Mt. Moco is the highest peak in Angola. 

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Namibe is a port city on the southwest coast of Angola. It has a dry, desert climate as the northern limit of the Namib desert stretches into Angola and includes Namibe. Prior to 1985, Namibe was called Moçâmedes. Its population is apx. 87,000

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Namib Desert

The Namib Desert a coastal desert in southeastern Africa and one of the world’s most desolate places. The name "Namib" means "vast place." Few, if any, people live within the desert. The northern coast of Namibia is sometimes called the Skeleton Coast because of the high number of shipwrecks caused by intense fog formed by the interactions of wet, ocean air with the dry desert air. 

Most of the desert lies along the coast of Namibia, with a small portion in southern Angola and northwestern South Africa. Stretching over 31,000 sq miles, the Namib desert is about the size of the state of Pennsylvania. This region typically gets less than 10 millimeters of precipitation a year, but the western portion of the desert gets only 5 millimeters of rain per year. A few plants species, which can survive off of desert fog, live within the Namib Desert. 


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Fast Facts About Angola

Population: 24,383,301 (2014)
Area: 481,354 sq. miles
Capital City: Luanda
Largest City: Luanda
Currency: Kwanza
Official Language: Portuguese
GDP (Gross Domestic Product) $139.059 Billion (64th)

Nine Interesting Facts About Angola

  • Luanda, Angola’s capital and largest city, has a population of nearly 2.3 million people
  • Angola’s major exports are oil and diamonds
  • Angola is one of the world’s fastest growing economies
  • The majority of people in Angola are Christians
  • Portuguese is the official language of Angola
  • China is Angola’s most important trading partner
  • Angola is China’s largest supplier of oil
  • Angola is the seventh largest country in Africa; it is roughly twice the size of Texas.
  • About 70% of the Angolan population is considered literate, though steps have been taken recently to fund education.



Angola Flag

The flag of Angola came into use following the nation’s independence from Portugal in 1975. The red in the flag is said to represent the "blood-split" of the Angolan people in their quest for independence, while the black represents the continent of Africa. The symbol in the middle of the flag shows a half-gear, which represents the nation’s workers and industry and a machete with a gold star, which represents agriculture and the nation’s armed struggle for independence.
Luanda, Angola Congo River Mt. Moco Namibe, Angola Namib Desert