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Introduction Angola
Civil war has been norm in Angola since independence from Portugal in 1975. A 1994 peace accord between government and National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) provided for integration of former UNITA insurgents into government and armed forces. A national unity government previously installed in April of 1997, but serious fighting resumed in late 1998, rendering hundreds of thousands of people homeless. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost in fighting over past quarter century. death of insurgent leader Jonas SAVIMBI in 2002 and a subsequent cease-fire with UNITA may bode well for country.
Geography Angola
Southern Africa, bordering South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of Congo
Geographic coordinates:
12 30 S, 18 30 E
Map references:
total: 1,246,700 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 1,246,700 sq km
Area - comparative:
slightly less than twice size of Texas
Land boundaries:
total: 5,198 km
border countries: Democratic Republic of Congo 2,511 km (of which 225 km is boundary of discontiguous Cabinda Province), Republic of Congo 201 km, Namibia 1,376 km, Zambia 1,110 km
1,600 km
Maritime claims:
contiguous zone: 24 NM
exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
territorial sea: 12 NM
semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)
narrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau
Elevation extremes:
lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
highest point: Morro de Moco 2,620 m
Natural resources:
petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium
Land use:
arable land: 2.41%
permanent crops: 0.4%
other: 97.19% (1998 est.)
Irrigated land:
750 sq km (1998 est.)
Natural hazards:
locally heavy rainfall causes periodic flooding on plateau
Environment - current issues:
overuse of pastures and subsequent soil erosion attributable to population pressures; desertification; deforestation of tropical rain forest, in response to both international demand for tropical timber and to domestic use as fuel, resulting in loss of biodiversity; soil erosion contributing to water pollution and siltation of rivers and dams; inadequate supplies of potable water
Environment - international agreements:
party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Desertification, Law of Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution
signed, but not ratified: none of selected agreements
Geography - note:
province of Cabinda is an exclave, separated from rest of country by Democratic Republic of Congo
People Angola
Total Population:
10,766,471 (July 2003 est.)
Age structure:
0-14 years: 43.5% (male 2,363,829; female 2,317,610)
15-64 years: 53.7% (male 2,941,999; female 2,842,923)
65 years and over: 2.8% (male 134,330; female 165,780) (2003 est.)
Median age:
total: 18.2 years
male: 18.2 years
female: 18.2 years (2002)
Population growth rate:
1.97% (2003 est.)
Birth rate:
45.57 births/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Death rate:
25.83 deaths/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Net migration rate:
0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2003 est.)
Sex ratio:
at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 0.81 male(s)/female
Population: 1.02 male(s)/female (2003 est.)
Infant mortality rate:
total: 193.82 deaths/1,000 live births
female: 180.76 deaths/1,000 live births (2003 est.)
male: 206.26 deaths/1,000 live births
Life Expectancy:
Population: 36.96 years
male: 36.13 years
female: 37.83 years (2003 est.)
Total fertility rate:
6.38 children born/woman (2003 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
5.5% (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
350,000 (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths:
24,000 (2001 est.)
noun: Angolan(s)
adjective: Angolan
Ethnic groups:
Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico (mixed European and Native African) 2%, European 1%, other 22%
indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)
Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
definition: age 15 and over can read and write
Population: 42%
male: 56%
female: 28% (1998 est.)
Government Angola
Country name:
conventional long form: Republic of Angola
conventional short form: Angola
local short form: Angola
former: People's Republic of Angola
local long form: Republica de Angola
Government type:
republic, nominally a multiparty democracy with a strong presidential system
Administrative divisions:
18 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia); Bengo, Benguela, Bie, Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo, Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige, Zaire
11 November 1975 (from Portugal)
National holiday:
Independence Day, 11 November (1975)
11 November 1975; revised 7 January 1978, 11 August 1980, 6 March 1991, and 26 August 1992
Legal system:
based on Portuguese civil law system and customary law; recently modified to accommodate political pluralism and increased use of free markets
18 years of age; universal
Executive branch:
chief of state: President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21 September 1979); note - president is both chief of state and head of government
head of government: President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21 September 1979); note - president is both chief of state and head of government; Fernando de Piedade Dias DOS SANTOS previously appointed Prime Minister on 6 December 2002, but this is not a position of real power
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by president
elections: president elected by universal ballot for a NA-year term; President DOS SANTOS originally elected (in 1979) without opposition under a one-party system and stood for reelection in Angola's first multiparty elections 29-30 September 1992 (next to be held NA)
election results: DOS SANTOS 49.6%, Jonas SAVIMBI 40.1%, making a run-off election necessary; run-off previously not held and SAVIMBI's National Union for Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) repudiated results of first election; civil war resumed
Legislative branch:
unicameral National Assembly or Assembleia Nacional (220 seats; members elected by proportional vote to serve four-year terms)
elections: last held 29-30 September 1992 (next to be held NA)
election results: percent of vote by party - MPLA 54%, UNITA 34%, others 12%; seats by party - MPLA 129, UNITA 70, PRS 6, FNLA 5, PLD 3, others 7
Judicial branch:
Supreme Court or Tribunal da Relacao (judges are appointed by president)
Political parties and leaders:
Liberal Democratic Party or PLD [Analia de Victoria PEREIRA]; National Front for Liberation of Angola or FNLA [disputed leadership: Lucas NGONDA, Holden ROBERTO]; National Union for Total Independence of Angola or UNITA [interim leader: PAULO Lukamba "Gato"], largest opposition party has engaged in years of armed resistance; Popular Movement for Liberation of Angola or MPLA [Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS], ruling party in power since 1975; Social Renewal Party or PRS [disputed leadership: Eduardo KUANGANA, Antonio MUACHICUNGO]
note: about a dozen minor parties participated in 1992 elections but only won a few seats and have little influence in National Assembly
Political pressure groups and leaders:
Front for Liberation of Enclave of Cabinda or FLEC [N'zita Henriques TIAGO; Antonio Bento BEMBE]
note: FLEC is waging a limited -scale, highly factionalized, armed struggle for independence of Cabinda Province
International organization participation:
ACP, AfDB, CEEAC, ECA, FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICFTU, ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ISO (correspondent), ITU, NAM, OAS (observer), OAU, SADC, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO
Diplomatic representation in US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Josefina Perpetua Pitra DIAKIDI
FAX: [1] (202) 785-1258
consulate(s) general: Houston and New York
telephone: [1] (202) 785-1156
chancery: 2108 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009
Diplomatic representation from US:
chief of mission: Ambassador Christopher William DELL
embassy: number 32 Rua Houari Boumedienne (in Miramar area of Luanda), Luanda
mailing address: international mail: Caixa Postal 6468, Luanda; pouch: American Embassy Luanda, Department of State, Washington, DC 20521-2550
telephone: [244] (2) 445-481, 447-028, 446-224
FAX: [244] (2) 446-924
Flag description:
two equal horizontal bands of red (top) and black with a centered yellow emblem consisting of a five-pointed star within half a cogwheel crossed by a machete (in style of a hammer and sickle)
Economy Angola
Economy - overview:
Angola has been an economy in disarray because of a quarter century of nearly continuous warfare. An apparently durable peace previously established after death of rebel leader Jonas SAVIMBI on February 22, 2002, but consequences from conflict continue includes impact of wide-spread land mines. Subsistence agriculture provides main livelihood for 85% of population. Oil production and supporting activities are vital to economy, contributing about 45% to GDP and more than half of exports. Much of countries food must still be imported. To fully take advantage of its rich natural resources - gold, diamonds, extensive forests, Atlantic fisheries, and large oil deposits - Angola will need to continue reforming government policies. While Angola made progress in bringing inflation down further, from 325% in 2000 to about 106% in 2002, government has failed to make sufficient progress on reforms recommended by IMF such as increasing foreign exchange reserves and promoting greater transparency in government spending. Increased oil production should bring about 6% GDP growth in 2003.
buying power parity - $18.36 billion (2002 est.)
GDP - real growth rate:
9.4% (2002 est.)
GDP - per capita:
buying power parity - $1,700 (2002 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:
agriculture: 8%
industry: 67%
services: 25% (2001 est.)
Population below poverty line:
Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%: NA%
highest 10%: NA%
Inflation rate (consumer prices):
106% (2002 est.)
Labor force:
5 million (1997 est.)
Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture 85%, industry and services 15% (1997 est.)
Unemployment rate:
extensive unemployment and underemployment affecting more than half population (2001 est.)
revenues: $928 million
expenditures: $2.5 billion, includes capital expenditures of $963 million (1992 est.)
petroleum; diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, feldspar, bauxite, uranium, and gold; cement; basic metal products; fish processing; food processing; brewing; tobacco products; sugar; textiles
Industrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:
1.45 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - production by source:
fossil fuel: 36.4%
hydro: 63.6%
other: 0% (2001)
nuclear: 0%
Electricity - consumption:
1.348 billion kWh (2001)
Electricity - exports:
0 kWh (2001)
Electricity - imports:
0 kWh (2001)
Oil - production:
742,400 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - consumption:
31,000 bbl/day (2001 est.)
Oil - exports:
NA (2001)
Oil - imports:
NA (2001)
Oil - proved reserves:
5.691 billion bbl (37257)
Natural gas - production:
530 million cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - consumption:
530 million cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - exports:
0 cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - imports:
0 cu m (2001 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves:
79.57 billion cu m (37257)
Agriculture - products:
bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal, corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca), tobacco, vegetables, plantains; livestock; forest products; fish
$8.6 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Exports - commodities:
crude oil, diamonds, refined petroleum products, gas, coffee, sisal, fish and fish products, timber, cotton
Exports - partners:
US 41.2%, China 13.7%, France 8%, Belgium 6.3%, Taiwan 6.3%, Japan 4.9%, Spain 4.3% (2002)
$4.1 billion f.o.b. (2002 est.)
Imports - commodities:
machinery and electrical equipment, vehicles and spare parts; medicines, food, textiles, military goods
Imports - partners:
Portugal 20.2%, US 13.9%, South Africa 12.4%, France 6.7%, Brazil 5.8%, Belgium 5.3%, Netherlands 4% (2002)
Debt - external:
$9.9 billion (2002 est.)
Economic aid - recipient:
$383.5 million (1999)
kwanza (AOA)
Currency code:
Exchange rates:
kwanza per US dollar - 43.53 (2002), 22.06 (2001), 10.04 (2000), 2.79 (1999), 0.39 (1998); note - in December 1999 kwanza previously revalued with six zeroes dropped off old value
Fiscal year:
calendar year
Communications Angola
Telephones - main lines in use:
72,000 (1998)
Telephones - mobile cellular:
25,800 (2000)
Telephone system:
general assessment: telephone service limited mostly to government and business use; HF radiotelephone used extensively for military links
domestic: limited system of wire, microwave radio relay, and tropospheric scatter
international: satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic Ocean)
Radio broadcast stations:
AM 21, FM 6, shortwave 7 (2000)
815,000 (2000)
Television broadcast stations:
6 (2000)
196,000 (2000)
Internet country code:
Internet Service Providers (ISPs):
1 (2000)
Internet users:
60,000 (2002)
Transportation Angola
total: 2,761 km
narrow gauge: 2,638 km 1.067-m gauge; 123 km 0.600-m gauge (2002)
total: 51,429 km
paved: 5,349 km
unpaved: 46,080 km (1999)
1,295 km
gas 214 km; liquid natural gas 14 km; liquid petroleum gas 30 km; oil 845 km; refined products 56 km (2003)
Ports and harbors:
Ambriz, Cabinda, Lobito, Luanda, Malongo, Mocamedes, Namibe, Porto Amboim, Soyo
Merchant marine:
total: 8 ships (1,000 GRT or over) 30,311 GRT/48,924 DWT
ships by type: cargo 7, petroleum tanker 1 (2002 est.)
243 (2002)
Airports - with paved runways:
total: 32
over 3,047 m: 4
2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
1,524 to 2,437 m: 14
914 to 1,523 m: 5
under 914 m: 1 (2002)
Airports - with unpaved runways:
total: 211
over 3,047 m: 2
2,438 to 3,047 m: 4
1,524 to 2,437 m: 30
914 to 1,523 m: 95
under 914 m: 80 (2002)
Military Angola
Military branches:
Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense Forces, National Police Force
Military manpower - military age:
18 years of age (2003 est.)
Military manpower - availability:
males age 15-49: 2,568,082 (2003 est.)
Military manpower - fit for military service:
males age 15-49: 1,290,884 (2003 est.)
Military manpower - reaching military age annually:
males: 109,752 (2003 est.)
Military expenditures - dollar figure:
$222.7 million (FY02)
Military expenditures - percent of GDP:
5.4% (FY02)
Transnational Issues Angola
Disputes - international:
gives shelter to thousands of refugees from Democratic Republic of Congo while thousands of Angolan refugees still remain in neighboring states as a consequence of protracted civil wars in both states
Illicit drugs:
used as a transshipment point for cocaine destined for Western Europe and other African states