Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What is the name of Angola's highest point of elevation?||Awesome Angola
Morro de Moco. Morro de Moco is 2,620 meters (8,596 feet) and is the highest point in Angola located in the Huambo province near the center of the country. Drakensberg is a mountain range in South Africa, Assal is the name of a lake in Djibouti which is the lowest point in Africa, and Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest point in Tanzania.
18%. Angola's economy is one of the fastest growing in Africa, however, much of the growth is based only on the rising oil industry, but even so, other sectors of the economy have also experienced growth, the non-oil industries grew 13.8% in 2006. Economic growth is projected to stay above 10% a year for the next decade. The International Monetary Fund expects the economy to grow 31% in 2007.
|Which UNITA (National Union for the Total Independence of Angola) leader was killed on February 22, 2002, bringing a ceasefire between the rebel group and government?||Awesome Angola
Jonas Savimbi . Due to the death of their leader, the UNITA rebel faction disbanded its armed forces and instead, became a major opposition political party against the government.
|What is the name of Angola's exclave to the north that borders both Congos?||Awesome Angola
Cabinda. Cabinda is separated from the rest of Angola by a small, 37km coastal strip of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
Texas. At 481,354 square miles, Angola is the world's 23rd largest country after Niger.
Four. Angola borders four, not three countries, as some may have thought. Angola's exclave to the north borders the Republic of the Congo, and the rest of Angola borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Namibia, and Zambia.
November 11. On November 11, 1975 Angola became the last nation in Africa to gain its independence from a colonial power (the Portuguese). Mozambique gained independence from Portugal five months earlier, on June 25, 1975.
Red, Black, Gold. The red upper half of the flag represents the blood of the Angolans killed in conflicts, the black represents the African continent, the semicircular gold cogwheel in the center represents industry, the gold machete cutting across the cogwheel in the black half of the flag represents peasantry, and the gold star inside near the top of the cogwheel in the red half of the flag is modeled after the star on the flag of the former Soviet Union. The machete and cogwheel were put onto the flag when Angola had a Marxist government, the machete and cogwheel mimicking the hammer and sickle on the Soviet flag.
|This man served as the first president of Angola (1975-1979). He led the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola during the country's war for independence and resultant civil war, leading to his imprisonment. Who was he?||Welcome To Angola!
Agostinho Neto. Antonio Agostinho Neto was born in 1922. He left for Portugal to study medicine in two universities. In 1956, the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) was formed by the merging of the Angolan Communist Party (ACP) and Party of the United Struggle for Africans in Angola (PLUA). Neto served as its President. He was arrested in 1960 by Portuguese authorities; many people marched and protested for his release, but sadly Portuguese soldiers fired at them, killing and wounding many. Neto was put under house arrest, but escaped. He died in 1979 in Moscow.
|Angola's main ethnic groups are the Ovimbundu, Kimbundu, and Bakongo groups. These subgroups are part of which larger group of tribes, containing about 300-600 African ethnic groups and also many African languages?||Welcome To Angola!
Bantu. Bantu is quite a general label, and includes many hundreds of tribes ranging across central and southern Africa. Bantu tribes form about one third of Africa's population, and the three tribes mentioned in the question form approximately three quarters of Angola's population. These tribes have their own native Bantu languages, but unfortunately the Portuguese influence in Angola has been so strong that these languages are spoken by minorities. Despite this, there are many tribal languages that are recognized as regional languages.
|Located in the central-western province of Huambo, Angola's highest peak contains patches of cloud forest, which are home to many endemic creatures, including the bird Swierstra's Francolin. What is the name of this peak?||Welcome To Angola!
Mount Moco. Mount Moco forms Angola's highest point at 2620 m (approx. 8600 ft). Unfortunately, the cloud forest areas, also called montane forest, are among the most threatened habitats in Angola, and the endemic animals there are becoming endangered. Thankfully, a group of ornithologists and biologists are working on the Mount Moco Special Reserve to preserve the areas of forest and protect the animals who live there. More information can be found at www.MountMoco.org.
|Of Angola's 18 provinces, one in the northwest of the country shares its name with the former name of the country it borders. Which province is this?||Welcome To Angola!
Zaire. Zaire Province is located on Angola's border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which was previously called Republic of Zaire (from 1971 to 1997). Zaire Province has an area of approximately 40,130 square kilometers (approx. 15,500 square miles), and its capital is M'banza Kongo (formerly São Salvador).
|The land of which country separates exclave Cabinda from the rest of Angola?||Welcome To Angola!
Democratic Republic of the Congo (Congo-Kinshasa). The area called Cabinda today was previously three different kingdoms: N'Goyo, Loango, and Kakongo. The Portuguese arrived in around the 15th century, settling along with the English and the Dutch. Portugal lost all of its overseas territories in 1974; the next year, the Treaty of Alvor declared Cabinda as part of Angola. The treaty was rejected by all political organizations in Cabinda.
|This river is wholly within Angola, giving its name not only to two of the country's provinces, but also its currency. Which river is it?||Welcome To Angola!
Kwanza. The Kwanza (also Cuanza) river empties into the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 60km (37 miles) south of Luanda, and has a rich biodiversity. The two provinces with the name are Cuanza Norte and Cuanza Sul, situated on the north and south banks of the river respectively. The Capanda Dam on the river provides a source of hydroelectric power. The kwanza, which is the currency, is made up of 100 centimos.
|The flag of Angola is split into two horizontal stripes, with a design in the middle. The top stripe is red, representing the blood of Angolans shed during the struggle for independence; what color is the bottom stripe, which represents the continent of Africa?||Welcome To Angola!
Black. The flag was adopted under a Marxist government, and the red stripe was originally supposed to represent Communism. The design in the center consists of a cog wheel and a machete, said to represent the workers and industry, and peasantry respectively. This symbol is reminiscent of the hammer and sickle symbol of the Soviet Union, continuing the Communism theme.
|The Angolan War of Independence lasted from 1961 until 1975. From which country did Angola gain independence (this is reflected in Angola's official language)?||Welcome To Angola!
Portugal. Unfortunately, Angola was worse off after the win of independence from Portugal, as was the case with many African countries that had recently won independence from Portugal. Angola suffered from economic recession and had one of the lowest GDP per capita values of the world. Sadly the situation in the country was so bad that it entered a 27 year civil war, which ended in 2002. Approximately 500,000 people lost their lives in the civil war.
Portuguese remains Angola's only official language, although some regional languages are recognized, such as Kongo and Chokwe.
|Situated in the south of Africa, which body of water does Angola border?||Welcome To Angola!
Atlantic Ocean. Angola is close to the center of Africa on the southern side. Its western border with the Atlantic Ocean is about 1,600 km (994 miles), and forms the country's lowest point at 0 m. The coastline is generally flat, and shallow bays are quite common. The Benguela current in the Atlantic reduces the rainfall over the country, especially south of the city of Benguela (situated in the center of the coastline) - this forms the northern part of the Namib desert.