Country Brief

Country Brief

Official Name

:

Republic of Angola

Capital

:

Luanda

Government

:

 

President

:

H.E. Mr.Jose Eduardo dos Santos

Vice President

:

H.E. Mr Eng. Manuel Domingos Vicente

Foreign Minister

:

H.E. Mr. Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti

Finance Minister

:

H.E. Armando Manuel

Location

The Republic of Angola is located on the Atlantic Coast of southern Africa between Latitude 4’22 and 18’2 South, Longitude 11’41 and 24’05 East. Angola has an area of 1,246,700 sq. kms and a coast line of 1650 kms on the West side. The country is divided into 18 provinces. Neighboring countries are Republic of Congo to the north; Democratic Republic of Congo to the north and north east; Republic of Zambia to the east and Namibia to the south.

Climate

Climatically Angola has hot and dry weather with a short rainy season and a mild winter with average temperature of 25 degree Celsius.

Time

GMT + 1 hour (i.e. 4 1/2 hours behind IST)

Currency

Angola Kwanza (Kz)

Exchange rate

US$ 1 = Kz 135.10 (Re.1.00= Kz 2.07)

Population

24 million (2014) with a growth rate 2.18 per cent per annum

Literacy

67 %

Religion

Angola is a secular state enjoying separation between state and religion. Catholics comprise the majority of its population. The country has three main ethnic groups - Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, and Bakongo 13%.

Languages

Portuguese is both official and predominant language. There are other local languages of which Umbundo, Quimbundo and Quicongo are considered national languages.

National day

11 November (1975)