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Country name conventional long form: Republic of Angola
conventional short form: Angola
local long form: Republica de Angola
local short form: Angola
former: People's Republic of Angola
Gevernment typerepublic; multiparty presidential regime
Capital name: Luanda
geographic coordinates: 8 48 S, 13 14 E
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptiontwo equal horizontal bands of red (top) and black with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete (in the style of a hammer and sickle)
Currencykwanza (AOA)
Internet country code.ao
Ports and terminalsCabinda, Luanda, Soyo
Agriculture productsbananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish
Industriespetroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing, brewing, tobacco products, sugar; textiles; ship repair
Geography
LocationSouthern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo
Coordinates12 30 S, 18 30 E
ContinentAfrica
Area total: 1,246,700 sq km
land: 1,246,700 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries total: 5,198 km
border countries: Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of discontiguous Cabinda Province), Republic of the Congo 201 km, Namibia 1,376 km, Zambia 1,110 km
Coastline1,600 km
Climatesemiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)
Terrainnarrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau
Natural resourcespetroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium
Natural hazardslocally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on the plateau
People
Population12,127,071 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsOvimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico (mixed European and native African) 2%, European 1%, other 22%
Religionsindigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)
LanguagesPortuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages

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