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Full country name: Republic of Angola
Area: 1,246,700 sq km
Population: 18.5 million
Capital City: Luanda
Language: Portuguese
Religion: 93.5% Catholic, 4.7% ethnoreligionist (indigenous), 0.6% Muslim, 0.9% Agnostic, 0.2% non-religious
Government: Presidential Republic
Time Zone: UTC/GMT +1 hour
Dialing Code: +244
Electricity: 220V, 50Hz
Weights & measures: Metric
Currency: Kwanza (AOA)

Money & Costs:
Average yearly salary: USD 8,400

Budget: $10
Mid-range: $30
High: $45+
Budget: $50
Mid-range: $100-150
High: $200+

Geography: Angola is located on the western Atlantic Coast of southern Africa and it borders Namibia, Zambia and the Republic of the Congo. Though Angola is the seventh largest state in Africa, it is one of the most lightly populated country. Angola consists of a coastal lowland along Atlantic, hills, mountains and Namibian Desert.

Climate: Angola has a varied climate, which is different even in the north and south coasts. The north of Luanda and Namibe have a moderate tropical climate. The south of Namibe experience the damp conditions and the central plateau zone – dry conditions. The country has mainly two seasons: a dry, but cool season from June till the end of September, and a rainy, but very hot season from October to April. The average temperature of the republic of Angola is about 20 C (68 F ).

Recommended clothing: Lightweight cottons and linens throughout the year in the south. Tropical clothing for summers in the north. Nights can be cold, so warm clothing should be taken. Waterproofing is advisable for the rainy season throughout the country.

Food: Altogether, eating and dining out is not very easy in Angola. Food is quite expensive and many of the restaurants have not very good hygienic conditions. However, Angolan cuisine is still very tasty and the local dishes are based mainly on seafood, cassava products and stews and spices. Angolans can be proud of their seafood, as it is abundant and very good. If you visit the Angolan coast, do not miss the chance to eat fresh lobster right of the fisherman's boat. Generally, all restaurants accept USD in cash, however, credit cards will not be accepted.

Drink: Tap water remains untreated in many regions of Angola, therefore it is not safe to drink it. Rather be safe than sorry and only drink mineral bottled water, which is available in shops.

Health: Because malaria is endemic to this country, travelers should avoid mosquito bites by using insect repellents and repellent-impregnated bed nets. Furthermore, there is a risk of being bitten by the 'tse tse' fly while in Angola, which causes sleeping sickness. You should consult a doctor immediately if you start having insomnia.

Safety: It is not recommended to travel within Angola without the assistance of a qualified personnel. However, traveling in Angola is not so dangerous if you follow some basic rules. First of all, you shouldn't travel at night or alone. A better idea is to join with several cars and travel with a company.
Note, that using a camera in front of the police will result in a very heavy fine or could even have more dire consequences. You should also avoid taking photographs of military sites and installations or any other security interests (including government buildings). Such action may result in arrest or fines.
Be advised that the Angolan currency (the Kwanza) cannot be taken out of the country and will be confiscated at the airport.
You should NEVER step beyond the red and white HALO Trust posts! These posts label mine fields. Also beware of anything surrounded by red stones or any similar markers.

Public Holidays:
1 Jan New Year's Day
4 Jan Martyrs of the Colonial Repression Day
4 Feb Start of Liberation War
8 Mar International Women's Day
2 Apr Good Friday
4 Apr Peace and Reconciliation Day
5 Apr Easter Monday
1 May Labour Day
25 May Africa Day.
1 Jun International Children's Day
17 Sep Nation's Founder and National Heroes Day
1 Nov All Soul's Day
11 Nov Independence Day
25 Dec Christmas Day

Note: Holidays falling on a Saturday or Sunday are observed the following Monday.

Disclaimer: The above information is for reference purposes only. The content of this page is not intended to substitute for advice given by the user's own government travel departments or a licensed travel health advisor. The viewer/user of this web page should always contact the user's own government representatives in that area for the most up-to-date information at that time, before making a final decision to travel to that country or destination.

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