Mozambique Facts & Information


Mozambique made easy for you!


Mozambique has had a troubled and tumultuous history. It was once a coastal trading port for gold, ivory and slaves, mainly between the Middle East, India and Africa. It was colonized somewhat brutally by the Portuguese who fought with the British for control of the trading route. The country gained independence in 1975 and was liberated by FRELIMO under the leadership of Samora Moises Machel. But things did not really improve as the opposition group RENAMO waged a bitter civil war that ravaged the country for almost 20 years. A truce was signed in 1992 and the country has been stable and peaceful since then - travelers have nothing to worry about. We really do believe that this unspoilt gem of Southern Africa is the best place to beat the crowds and relax at the end of your African Safari.

National name:

República de Moçambique

President:

Armando Guebuza 

Prime Minister:

Aires Ali

Area:

309,494 sq mi (801,590 sq km)

Neighbouring Countries:

Tanzania (north); Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe (west) and South Africa and Swaziland (south)

Population:

0,905,585 (growth rate: 1.8%)

Capital and Largest City

Maputo, 1,691,000 (metro. area), 1,114,000 (city proper)

Monety Unit:

Metical

Exchange Rate:

1 US Dollar = 31.26 New Mozambique Metical.
1 South African Rand = 4.29 New Mozambique Metical  

Languages:

Portuguese 9% (official; second language of 27%), Emakhuwa 26%, Xichangana 11%, Elomwe 8%, Cisena 7%, Echuwabo 6%, other Mozambican languages 32% (1997)

Ethnicity/ Race:

Indigenous tribal groups 99.66% (Shangaan, Chokwe, Manyika, Sena, Makua, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%

Religion:

Traditional 24%, Islam 18%, Zionist Christian 18%, none 23%

Useful Phrases: 

Good morning - Bom dia
Good afternoon - Boa tarde
Good evening - Boa noite
Hello - Hola
Goodbye - Até logo
How much - Cuanto custa
I am from - Eu sou de ...
Thank-you - obrigado
Excuse me - Faz favour
Friend - Amigo
How are you? - Como vai?
Toilets - casa da banho

NB: Our consultants have been to Mozambique countless times so they can answer all your questions like what to bring, what the health and visa requirements are - we will do our best to make your trip as easy as possible. Don't delay - contact us to tailor-make your trip!

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