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A virtual guide to Angola. This page aims to give you a broad overview of Angolan art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile this page contains links to sources that will provide you with in-depth information about this South African nation, e.g.: official web sites of Angola, addresses of Angolan and foreign embassies, domestic airlines, city- and country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Angola.

Republic of Angola | República de Angola

Country Profile

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Flag of Angola

Civil war has been the norm in Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975. A 1994 peace accord between the government and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) provided for the integration of former UNITA insurgents into the government and armed forces. A national unity government was installed in April of 1997, but serious fighting resumed in late 1998, rendering hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost in fighting over the past quarter century. The death of Jonas SAVIMBI and a cease fire with UNITA may bode well for the country. .
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

border countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo (former Zaire), Republic of the Congo, Namibia, Zambia

related countries: Portugal
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Official Name:
República de Angola (Republic of Angola)
former: People's Republic of Angola

ISO Country Code: ao

Local Time = UTC +1h
Actual Time: Sat-Feb-28  16:55

Country Calling Code: +244

Capital: Luanda (pop. 3.8 million)

Independence: 11 November 1975 (from Portugal).

Location: Southern Africa, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Area: 1,246,700 km² (481 400 sq. mi)
Terrain: A narrow, dry coastal strip extending from Luanda to Namibia; well-watered agricultural highlands; savanna in the far east and south; rain forest in the north and Cabinda.

Major Cities:
Huambo (750 000); Benguela (600 000)

Climate: Semiarid in south and along the coast; north has a cool, dry season (May - October) and a hot, rainy season (November - April)

Nationality: Angolan(s)
Population: 20.6 million (2012)
GNI per capita PPP: $ 2 829 (year)
Ethnic groups: Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mixed racial 2%.
Religions: Christians 88%, indigenous beliefs.
Languages: Portuguese (official), Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo, and others.
Literacy 42% (male 56%, female 28%).

Natural resources: Petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium.

Agriculture products: Bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish.

Industries: Petroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing; brewing; tobacco products; sugar; textiles.

Exports partners: USA 38%, China 35.9%, Taiwan 6.8%, France 6.5% (2004)

Imports partners: South Korea 28.3%, Portugal 13.1%, USA 9.3%, South Africa 7.4%, Brazil 5.6%, Japan 4.8%, France 4.4% (2004)

Currency: Kwanza (AOA)

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Official Sites of Angola

The Official Web Site of the Republic of Angola.

Assembleia Nacional da República de Angola
The National Assembly.

Constitutional Commission
The Angolan National Assembly's Constitutional Commission.

Ministério das Relações Exteriores
Ministry for external relations.

Diplomatic Missions
Permanent Mission of Angola to the United Nations
Republic of Angola's Mission to the UN.
Embassy of Angola in the UK
Republic of Angola Embassy in the UK.
Angolan Embassies Abroad
Address List of Angolan Embassies worldwide.

Angola Map
Political map of Angola.
Administrative Map of Angola
Map showing the administrative divisions of Angola.
Google Earth Google Earth Angola
Searchable map/satellite view of Angola.
Google Earth Google Earth Luanda
Searchable map/satellite view of Angola's capital city.

Map of Africa
Political Map of Africa.
Relief Map of Africa

Angola News

Angola News Index
News from Angola.
AngolaPress Agency (ANGOP)
Jornal de Angola
Angola's daily newspaper (in Portuguese)

Angola News
WorldNews powered Angolan news.
Yahoo Full Coverage: Angola


Arts & Culture

Art & Culture of Angola
The Art and Style of Angola.
News about the Angolan culture scene. (in Portuguese)

Operation Noah's Ark
The Kissama Foundation, along with the Angolan government, is relocating 150 elephant and eight other species of game from Namibia and Botswana to Quiçama National Park, Angola.


Business & Economy

Direcção Nacional do Comércio Interno
Ministry of Commerce provides information on commercial reforms, legislation and developments in Angola. (in Portuguese)

Ministério da Indústria
Ministry of Industry. (in Portuguese)

Banco Nacional de Angola (BNA)
National Bank of Angola.

Guide to Trade & Investment Opportunities (in PDF format)
Guide to Opportunities in the Hotel and Tourism Sectors
Business Bulletin Board

Angola's National Oil Company

TAAG - Linhas Aereas de Angola
Angola Airlines, the national carrier.

Destination Angola: travel and tourism guides

The Official Web Site of the Republic of Angola (the site is sometimes down).

new Virtual Angola - Tourism - Why Angola?
Information about travel and tourism in Angola by the Angolan Embassy, London.

Travel Advice
Regularly updated travel advice provided by the governments of various countries.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information


Universidade Agostinho Neto
The home page for Angola's Agostinho Neto University.
Universidade Catolica de Angola
Home page of the university. (in Portuguese)

Environment & Nature

UNDP in Angola - Energy and Environment
The United Nations Development Programme in Angola, creates and supports partnerships to fight poverty and leads in advice, advocacy and resources to empower the poor.

Kissama Foundation
Foundation for the rehabilitation of Angola's Quiçama National Park.


Angola History
Timeline by AfricaNet.
Virtual Historical Tour of Angola
Comprehensive information about Angola's history.


Angola Internet Directory

Additional Information about Angola

Africa South of the Sahara: Angola (by Karen Fung) Angola related Documents and recources.

BBC NEWS Country profile: Angola

Open Directory Project: Angola

UPENN African Studies: Angola

Wikipedia: Angola

The World Factbook -- Angola

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Declaration of Human Rights

Article I
All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.

Article 2
Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status.