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Friday, November 11, 2011

Today is Angola's National Day

Angolan National Flag

Angola's First President, The Late António Agostinho Neto
(Sept. 17, 1922 – Sept. 10, 1979)

Hon. Bernard Membe (MP), Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation will this  evening be the chief guest in the Angola National Day to be held at Kilimanjaro Kempinski Hotel,  commemorating  its independence from Portugal in 1975.

Angola is situated in Africa’s south central part, bordered by Congo to the north, by Namibia to the south, by Zambia to the east, and by the Atlantic Ocean to the west. Luanda is the country’s capital and largest city.

Angola is endowed with rich natural resources such as diamonds, oil, gold, and copper. Diamonds and oil make up around 60 percent of Angola’s economy.

The population of Angola, which is around 18.5 million, is multi-ethnic. It is composed of Ovimbundu (37 percent), Ambundu (25 percent), Bakongo (13 percent), and the rest are other ethnic groups.

The official language of the country is Portuguese, owing largely to Portugal’s presence in the country for nearly 400 years.

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