10 Facts About Angola

10 Facts About Angola

1. Angola is a country in south-central Africa bordered by Namibia on the south, the Democratic Republic of the Congo on the north, and Zambia on the east. 2. The capital city Luanda is known as the "Paris of Africa". - This title is apparently due to the city's sophisticated culture and atmosphere 3. Luanda is Africa’s most expensive city. 4. Angola is very rich in natural resources - The country is the 2nd largest oil and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa. 5. Portuguese is the official language - Other spoken languages include Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo, and Tchokwe. 6. 38% of the population are roman catholic, 15% are protestant and 47% are indigenous beliefs. 7. Angola has a very young population - Interestingly, nearly 70% of the population in Angola is under the age of 24. 8. The name of the country is derived from the Kimbundu word N'gola, meaning King - N'gola (King) Kiluange was the king of the Ndongo Kingdom at the time of the Portuguese arrival in what is now Angola. 9. The current Miss Universe is Angolan - Leila Luliana da Costa Vieira Lopes, known simply as "Leila Lopes" holds the title of Miss Universe. 10. Angola's traditional music is the semba - Brazilian samba is believed to have originated in Angola, where it's known as "semba". The two are very similar. Angolan semba was danced to celebrate different occasions and is known as the music of the sea.