Essential Info for Angola

Essential info for AngolaPopulation: Over 25 million

Capital city: Luanda (also largest city)

Neigbouring countries: Angola is bordered by Namibia to the south, Zambia to the east and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the northeast
 
Geography: Angola is a southern African country with a varied terrain that encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia.
 
Political system: Since the adoption of a new constitution in 2010, the politics of Angola takes place in a framework of a presidential republic.

Major religions: Christianity is the dominant religion in Angola. Roman Catholics constitute about half of the population.

Main languages: Portuguese (official) and approximately 60 African languages. French, Spanish and English are often spoken in the oil industry.

Money: The Kwanza (AOA), which is divided into 100 centimos.

Tipping: Standard 10 percent, unless service is included in bill.

Time: GMT +1

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Round-pin Euro plugs are standard.

Internet domain: .ao

International dialling code: +244 plus relevant city code.

Emergency contacts: In Angola, there are three different emergency numbers. For the police call 113, for an ambulance or medical emergency contact 112 and 115 for the fire service.
 
Transport and driving: Cars drive on the right-hand side. Much of the road infrastructure was destroyed and neglected during years of conflict, and despite efforts to rebuild, many of its roads are still riddled with potholes and few of them are paved. Most expats hire local drivers who are accustomed to local driving conditions. Public transport in Angola is poorly maintained and unreliable.

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