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Country (long form) Republic of Angola
Capital Luanda
Total Area 481,353.56 sq mi
1,246,700.00 sq km
(slightly less than twice the size of Texas)
Population 10,366,031 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 25,190,762
Languages Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Literacy 42.0% total, 56.0% male, 28% female (1998 est.)
Religions indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)
Life Expectancy 37.36 male, 39.87 female (2001 est.)
Government Type transitional government, nominally a multiparty democracy with a strong presidential system
Currency 1 kwanza (NKz) = 100 lwei
GDP (per capita) $1,000 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing; brewing; tobacco products; sugar; textiles
Agriculture bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish
Arable Land 2%
Minerals and Resources petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium
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Geography of Angola

Angola, or Republic of Angola, a country in southwestern Africa. Until 1975 it was a possession of Portugal and was sometimes called Portuguese West Africa.

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History of Angola

Bantus occupied Angola some 15 centuries before the Portuguese navigator Diogo Cão arrived at the Congo River region in 1482.