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Mozambique


Full name: Republic of Mozambique
Capital City: Maputo
Language: Portuguese
Currency: Metical
Religion: Indigenous beliefs, Christian, Muslim
National Anthem: "Patria Amada, formerly Viva, Viva a FRELIMO"
Newspaper: Canal de Mocambique, Fim de Semana, Noticias, Zambeze etc.
Places to Visit: Maputo, Pemba, Bazaruto Archipelago National Park, Mozambique Island and many more interesting places are there in the country.
Transport: Airways: Linhas Aèreas de Moçambique (LAM), TAP Air Portugal and Kenya Airways are the airlines in Mozambique. Besides that, LAM and South African Airways are available for traveling between Jo'burg and Maputo and Pelican Air flies are there to travel between Jo'burg and Vilankulo. Roadways: frequent luxury buses and mini buses are also there between capital cities.
Shopping: Woodcarvings, local hand crafted works and beautiful masks can be found in cheap prices in this country.
Republic of Mozambique is a member of the Community called Portuguese Language Countries. At the same time it has also enlisted its name one of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Physical Map Of Mozambique
Mozambique Map
Mozambique is situated in the southeastern region of Africa. The face of the country is full of uplands, lowlands and several tablelands spread all over. A big part of the country is covered by the coastal areas. The western region of the country is primarily mountainous. You will also find grasslands and sea beaches along with sand dunes spread throughout the country. The river Zambezi is a great source of power in Mozambique. It flows from the western region towards the eastern over the country. For this the country is divided in two halves that are the northern and the southern parts of the country. The climates of these two parts also differ a little.

Mozambique Location Map
Location Of Mozambique
The Republic of Mozambique is located in the southeastern coastal area of the African continent. The countries that are sharing their borders are Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia in the northern side, South Africa and Swaziland in the southwestern side; Zimbabwe in the western side and in the eastern region there is the Mozambique Channel. The country also borders the Indian Ocean in the eastern zone.

Mozambique Flag
Flag Of Mozambique
The flag of Mozambique is very colorful. It contains three horizontal bands. The top of them is colored in green, the middle is black and the band that is the in the bottom id yellow. On the hoist side of the flag, there is a triangle colored in red. In the middle of this triangle, a yellow colored star is featured. On the star a white book is shown along with a hoe and a rifle. All these things have their own symbolic meanings. The book signifies education and the hoe symbolizes agriculture. On the other hand the rifle signifies defense and alertness.

Climate Of Mozambique
Before you visit Mozambique you must look for some basic details about the country's climate so that you can understand the weather conditions and decide your visiting time. The climate of the country Mozambique can be termed as tropical to some extent. The two prominent seasons in this country are the wet season and the dry season. The weather during the months between November and March remains humid. On the other hand the months between April and October are arid. Rainfall becomes very rare in this period. In the year 1999, Mozambique faced a desolating flood.

Flora And Fauna Of Mozambique
Flora: Mozambique has great vegetation in the various parts of the country. Plants like mahogany, ebony, ironwood etc grow in large number in the forests of Mozambique. Various species of trees grow in the Mozambique climate.

Fauna: The animal life of the country Mozambique is also very rich with various unique species. The mountainous regions are epically known for different types of animals. Many species of Elephants, water buffalo, giraffes, zebras, lions etc are found in a large number in the country. Hippopotami and crocodiles are also found in the water bodies of the country. Mozambique has also organized some Parks for the protection of these animals.

People Of Mozambique
Almost 17,000,000 people reside in the Republic of Mozambique. The tribes called Khoi and San were the first inhabitants of the country in the prehistoric era. The majority of the population is ruled by nine ethnic groups. The Makua-Lomwe from he northern region of the country is the largest among them. The other ethnic groups include Makonde, Yao and some tribes from the southern region such as Tsonga, Chopi, Karanga, Shona, and Nguni. Though Portuguese is the official language, Bantu, Nyanja, Tsonga and Swahili are also widely spoken.

Art, Culture And Music Of Mozambique
  • Art: Woodcarving and sculpture are two traditional art forms in Mozambique. These are especially practiced among the Makonde people. Another very popular art form is the fashion of masks that is called "family trees".
  • Culture: In the presence of various ethnicities, Mozambique has gradually developed a very rich and diverse culture. Many rituals and customs of the Mozambican tradition have come from the different tribes and religions. The Mozambican tradition believes in animism. So they also perform some animist rituals.
  • Music: Music and dance are the parts of the various rituals of the country. The animist rituals are also accompanied with music and dance. The Portuguese music has left a deep impact on the folk music of the country. Again marrabenta is a very popular music form that is mainly a kind of dance music.
Economy Of Mozambique
The economy of Mozambique is largely based on its agriculture and also on its export trade. The fast growing industries of this country are food and beverages industry, aluminum and petroleum industry, cement industry, chemicals, textile industry, glass, asbestos and tobacco industry etc. The primary agricultural products are sugarcane, cotton, cashew nuts, tea, cassava, coconuts, sisal, corn, citrus fruits, sunflowers, potatoes etc. The materials that are exported to the other foreign countries primarily are aluminum, cotton, cashews, sugar, prawns, timber, citrus and so on. The nations that take part in this export trade are Belgium, Italy, South Africa, Spain and Germany.