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Republic of Angola

República de Angola

map of Angola

Location southern Africa
Bordered By
Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, Namibia

Area 481,354 sq mi (1,246,700 sq km)
Comparative Area slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Greatest Distance E-W 800 mi (1,287 km)
Greatest Distance N-S 850 mi (1,368 km)
Coastline 928 mi (1,493 km)
Highest Point Morro de Moco; 8,595 ft (2,620 m)
Lowest Point Atlantic coast; sea level
Natural Resources petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium

Nationality Angolan
Population (July 2013 est) 18,565,269
Largest City Luanda
Ethnic Groups Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, Bakongo
Religions indigenous beliefs, Roman Catholic, Protestant
Languages Portuguese (official), Bantu and other native languages

Capital Luanda
Form of Government republic
Present Constitution Adopted August 25, 1992
Chief of State and Head of Government
President Jose Eduardo Dos Santos (since September 21, 1979)
Cabinet
Council of Ministers
Legislature
unicameral National Assembly (Assembleia Nacional)
Judiciary
Supreme Court
Local Administration
18 provinces (provincias)

Currency Kwanza
Per Capita Income
$6,000
Industries petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, gold, cement, basic metal products, fish processing, food processing, brewing, tobacco products, sugar, textiles, ship repair
Agricultural Products bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc, tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish
Export Commodities crude oil, diamonds, refined petroleum products, coffee, sisal, fish and fish products, timber, cotton
Import Commodities machinery and electrical equipment, vehicles and spare parts, medicines, food, textiles, military goods

Independence from Portugal Achieved November 11, 1975
National Holiday
Independence Day; November 11
Flag
two equal horizontal bands of red and black, with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete;
red represents liberty, black the African continent, the symbols characterize workers and peasants

flag of Angola

SEE ALSO
Republic of the Congo
Democratic Republic of the Congo
Namibia

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