Posted on Sep 7, 2021 53
The country of Angola appeared on the maps as an independent state after the Portuguese colonizers left Africa, granting the former colonies’ independence. But these lands were ravaged by them for a long time, and after they left, chaos ensued, which has not ceased definitively to this day.
Facts about Angola
- There is not a single McDonald’s fast-food restaurant here.
- When the Portuguese arrived here, they met fierce resistance. There was a state of Ndongo in what is now Angola, but the European conquerors overtook it and established their control over all the surrounding land.
- The capital of Angola, Luanda, rightly deserves the title of the city of contrasts. Prices here are higher than in many European capitals, while across the street from the fashionable restaurants there may be poor slums. Luanda has repeatedly ranked first in the list of the most expensive cities in the world.
- Many slaves captured in Africa were once shipped to North and South America through the port of Luanda.
- For unknown reasons, the most popular music in Angola is Brazilian. However, Brazilian musical traditions have African roots, so this is understandable.
- Luanda has been the capital of Angola since the 16th century.
- Baobabs are widespread throughout the country, except in the Namib Desert.
- Most Angolan establishments do not serve meat dishes on Fridays, adhering to Lent.
- About 90% of Angolans are Christians. About half of them are Catholics.
- Only in Angola and Namibia is there an amazing plant called welwitschia. It can live over 1,000 years, and it has only two leaves that grow continuously throughout its life.
- Angola’s economy is about 85% dependent on the production and sale of oil. In the bowels of the country, there are enough other values. In particular, there are many deposits of diamonds.
- Although around 80% of Angolans work in agriculture, about 80% of all food consumed in the country is imported. This is because very primitive technology is still in use here and the yields are low.
- Angola’s economy is growing faster than that of any other country in South Africa. But the gap between rich and poor is still one of the widest in the world.
- About half of Angolans are not literate.
- The official language of Angola is Portuguese. It is one of the few African countries where a large percentage of the population actually speaks the official language.
- After independence in 1975, Angola was plagued by a protracted civil war that lasted 27 years.
- About 50% of the local population lives below the poverty line.
- Average life expectancy in Angola is less than 40 years.
- About 1% of the population is European, mostly Portuguese.
- Almost all paved roads in Angola were built during colonial times, so now they are slowly deteriorating. At the same time, there are even deposits of natural asphalt in the country.