Essential Info for Mozambique

Population: About 28 million 

Capital city: Maputo 

Other major cities: Matola, Beira 

Neighbouring countries: Malawi, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Geography: The Zambezi River divides the country into two topographical regions. In the north, the land is shaped by inland hills and low plateaus. Rugged highlands are further west. To the south of the Zambezi River, the lowlands are broader.

Political system: Unitary presidential republic

Major religions: Christianity, Islam 

Main languages: Portuguese 

Money: The Mozambican Metical (MZN) is divided into 100 centavos. The plural of Metical is Meticais, with the abbreviated Mets or MT often used. The South African Rand and US Dollar are also frequently used and accepted, especially in the south of Mozambique. 

Tipping: Tipping is standard practise in Mozambique, with 10% of the bill being the norm in restaurants. Tipping tour guides, cleaners and porters is also common in Mozambique. 

Time: GMT +2

Electricity: 220 volts, 50Hz. Two-pin round plugs are common, while three-pin plugs can also be found. 

Internet domain: .mz

International dialling code: +258

Emergency contacts: 119 (police), 117 (medical), 198 (fire) 

Transport and driving: Drive on the left-hand side. 

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