Angola (Repubilika ya Ngola) is situated in south central Africa. It has a long stretch of coastal line on its west bordered by the Atlantic Ocean. The country is also shares borders with Namibia, Zambia and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Angola has a tropical climate with two main seasons in a year; dry season, which spans from May to October, and hot rainy season lasting from November to April.

The Khoisan people are thought to be among the earliest settlers in the area now known as Angola. They were mainly hunter gatherers. The Bantus then migrated to the area from the North probably from the area now known as the Cameroons. The Bantu settled in and became dominating group in the area. Various ethnic groups and cultures have emerged from the Bantu tribe and now constitutes a majority of the Angolan population.

The cultures and religions of today’s Angolans have been greatly influenced by the Portuguese who first went there as traders and explorers and then suppressed and colonized Angola. The Portuguese’ presence in the country lasted over three centuries. Native Angolans fought and gained independence in 1975. Shortly after, however, the country was plunged into what would become a devastating two-decade-long civil war. Since the end of the war in 2002, Angola has tried to bring itself back to the path of peace and economic progress. It is currently one of the fastest growing economies in Africa.

Luanda, the capital city of Angola is also the economic and commercial nerve centre of the country. Angola is divided into eighteen provinces and one hundred and sixty-three municipalities.

Angola’s rich petroleum resource has been the main driving force of the economy which has seen substantial growth since achieving political stability in 2002. The country is also rich in diamonds, coffee, sisal, fish, timber and cotton.

José Eduardo dos Santos
President of Angola

Administrative Divisions:
18 provinces;

Bengo, Benguela, Bie, Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo, Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige, Zaire