Mozambique

 

Mozambique is one of Africa's up-and-coming hot-spots, with stunning beaches, excellent diving and magical offshore islands. Go snorkeling around the Bazaruto Archipelago, sail on a dhow through mangrove channels or laze under the palms in the Quirimbas Archipelago, take an off-beat safari in the wilds of Gorongosa National Park, wander along cobbled streets past stately colonial-era buildings on Ilha de Moçambique, sip a café espresso at one of Maputo's lively sidewalk cafés (or maybe a caipirinha at one of its jazz bars), watch the silversmiths at work on Ibo Island or dance to the country's trademark marrabenta music. For almost two decades, many of these attractions were inaccessible due to a protracted guerrilla war. Now dark times are in the past, and Mozambique is one of Africa's rising stars, with an upbeat atmosphere, overflowing markets and a 2500 km. coastline waiting to be discovered.

Official name

Republic of Mozambique

 

Political Regime

Presidential republic

 

Surface

801.590 km²

 

Population

22.894.000 people.

 

Capital

Maputo

 

Ethnic Groups

In 1.998, 99'66% of the population was made up of indigenous tribal groups, including the Shangaan, Chokwe, Manyika, Sena, and Makua. Overall, there are 10 major ethnic clusters.

 

Language

The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, with roughly half of the population speaking it as a second language and few as a first language. Languages widely spoken natively include Swahili, Makhuwa, and Sena.

 

Religion

The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, with significant Muslim and African traditional minorities.

 

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