51 Fascinating Facts About Angola

With its breathtaking environment, vibrant culture, and kind population, Angola deserves to be on everyone's bucket list. The country is currently recovering in full gear following a 27-year civil war in 1975 when it gained independence from Portugal. Now, the land of 19 million people is at peace and undergoing a dramatic renaissance. Luanda, the capital, is located on the Atlantic Ocean's coast, with a population of approximately 5 million. The city's streets are currently being repaired and widened, numerous new companies are opening, and extensive work is taking place everywhere. The country is attracting an influx of foreign visitors. Whether you're planning a trip to Angola or simply want to study up on your Angolan information, here are some of the most fascinating facts about the country.

Fascinating Facts:

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Angola is endowed with natural resources; the country is the second-largest producer of oil and diamonds in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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Angola is a huge country in Southern Africa that is wealthy in oil.
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Tourists will not obtain assistance from public health care, and private clinics need payment in advance for treatment.
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Malaria, jaundice, coma, TB, cholera, leprosy, and AIDS are all prevalent in this country.
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Luanda, the capital of Angola, is the most expensive city in the world for foreigners.
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Angola was formerly a component of the Kongo Kingdom in central and western Africa.
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Angola is Home to a Quite Magnificent Waterfall. It is also home to many other breathtaking natural wonders, ranging from lush green highlands to dry savanna plains.
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While Brazil's world-famous samba dance is well-known, it originated in Angola? The traditional dance of Angola is called semba, and it is considered to be the forerunner of what became known as samba in Brazil.
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Angola stems from the word Angola, which was the title bestowed upon Ndongo rulers - the historical African monarchy created by the Mbundu people in the late 15th or early 16th centuries.
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Angola's economy is one of the fastest-growing in the world - Between 1994 and 2004, Angola's economy grew at one of the quickest rates in the world. Economic growth is predicted to exceed 7% in 2012.
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Since 2008, Angola airlines have been blacklisted, making compensation impossible in the event of an accident.
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Angola's entire land area is 481,354 square miles.
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Angola's official language is Portuguese. Numerous indigenous languages, on the other hand, have been maintained and are still recognized.
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Luanda has consistently been regarded as one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in for expatriate personnel.
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Angola obtained independence from Portugal in 1975 - On November 11, 1975, the country declared independence from Portugal. It is Africa's final independent country from Portugal.
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The country is home to 176 airports, 31 of which are paved.
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Surprisingly, a small section of Angola is actually divided from the rest of the nation by the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Congo River!
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Thought to be extinct for an extended period, the considerable sable antelope was recently discovered in Angola and has become a national emblem. This colossal creature is well-known for its gigantic horns and broad stature.
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Angola was a prominent Portuguese slave-trading center in the 17th and 18th centuries. Between 1580 and 1680, Brazil received about a million slaves.
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Angola's population is highly youthful - surprisingly, about 70% of the population is under the age of 24.
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The average temperature is 16 degrees Celsius in the winter and 21 degrees Celsius in the summer.
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The average life expectancy in this region is 61.55 years (2016).
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Angola is Africa's seventh-largest country. Angola is the seventh-largest country in Africa, out of 54.
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The Angolan flag is red and black with horizontal stripes, representing communism and the African people. A yellow symbol in the center depicts a star representing internationalism and progress, a cogwheel representing industrial workers, and a machete representing rural laborers.
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Angola has the world's highest death rate (mortality) - according to the CIA Facebook, there are 23.4 fatalities per 1000 inhabitants every year (2011 statistics)
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Buses are crammed to capacity, resulting in frequent breakdowns and lengthy delays.
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The tipping appears to be uncommon in Angola. However, if you do want to tip, you are not required to do it in cash! Cigarettes, for instance, are apparently an acceptable tipping method!
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Angolans Have a Thing for Stews. Angola's cuisine is predominantly stew-based.
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Isabel dos Santos, an Angolan businesswoman, is Africa's wealthiest woman. She is the former Angolan president's daughter.
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There is one tree that is uniquely Angolan; it is known as the "imbondeiro." According to popular belief, God planted this tree, called "Boabob," upside down.
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Following the civil war, numerous weapons persisted, which are now utilized for thievery.
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The climate in southern Angola is semi-arid, with a mild, dry season lasting from May to October and a hot, wet season lasting from November to April.
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At least 88 percent of the country's overall exports are crude oil. Angola is Africa's second-largest crude oil producer and the 14th largest in the world.
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Following 27 years of civil conflict, the country is experiencing a workforce shortage. As a result, it is relatively uncommon for a male to have numerous "informal" wives.
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Water, power, and fuel are all in short supply in Angola, even in the largest cities.
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Be warned: it is unlawful in Angola to use cameras, maps, GPS equipment, or binoculars in close proximity to a government facility, So if you're a keen holiday photographer, it's essential to know where these buildings are!
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Angola is currently battling landmines leftover from the country's civil conflict. The British Royal Family's mother and son visited Angola to raise awareness about the issue.
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Angola is home to the colossal Sable antelope. This species was formerly thought to be extinct.
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Angola cultivates bananas, coffee, sisal, sugarcane, and livestock, fish, and forest goods.
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Additionally, Angola has the world's second-highest fertility rate, trailing only Niger. Each woman gives birth to an average of 5.96 children.
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Angola has gold reserves of 19130 kg (2018).
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Diamonds, phosphates, iron ore, petroleum, feldspar, bauxite, gold, and uranium comprise its industrial base.
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Individuals residing in this nation for more than 90 days must obtain an Angolan driving license in order to operate an automobile.
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The latest execution took place in 1992.
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In this country, 28.9 percent of adults over the age of 15 cannot read or write.
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An average adult in Angola consumes approximately 7.5 liters of pure alcohol each year.
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Women giving birth to their first child in this country are on average 20.1 years old.
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54.5 percent of the population subsists on less than three dollars a day.
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Adults in this country smoke an average of 35 cigarettes each month.
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Urban areas account for 36% of the country's population.
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Alcohol can be purchased in this country at the age of 18.

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