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Portuguese República de Angola
Kimbundu, Umbundu and Kikongo:
Republika ya Ngola
Republic of Angola
Flag of Angola
Angola's coat of arms
flag coat of arms
Motto : Virtus Unita Fortior
( lat. "United bravery is stronger")
Official language Portuguese , official languages ​​(língua nacional) as well as Umbundu , Kimbundu , Kikongo , TuChokwe , Ngangela , Oshivambo
Capital Luanda
State and form of government presidential republic
Head of state , also head of government President
João Lourenço
area 1,246,700 km²
population 31.13 million (2020 estimate)
Population density 21 inhabitants per km²
Population development   + 3.49% per year
gross domestic product
  • Total (nominal)
  • Total ( PPP )
  • GDP / inh. (nominal)
  • GDP / inh. (KKP)
  • $ 105.9 billion ( 63rd )
  • $ 200.4 billion ( 65th )
  • 3,621 USD ( 123. )
  • 6,851 USD ( 133. )
Human Development Index 0.581 ( 148th ) (2019)
currency Kwanza (AOA)
Namibia Dollar (NAD) (only in Santa Clara )
independence November 11, 1975
(from Portugal )
National anthem Angola Avante
National holiday November 11th (Independence Day)
Time zone UTC + 1 (WAT)
License Plate ANG
ISO 3166 AO , AGO, 024
Internet TLD .ao
Telephone code +244
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Angola ( German [ aŋˈgoːla ], Portuguese [ ɐŋˈgɔlɐ ]; called "Ngola" in Kimbundu , Umbundu and Kikongo ) is a state in southwestern Africa . The national holiday is November 11th, the anniversary of independence in 1975. Angola borders on Namibia , Zambia , the Republic of the Congo , the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Atlantic Ocean - the Angola exclave Cabinda lies in the north between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of the Congo on the Atlantic Ocean .

The name Angola derives from the title Ngola the kings of Ndongo from, one east of Luanda situated vassal state of the historic Congo Empire . The region around Luanda received this name in the 16th century from the first Portuguese seafarers who landed on the local coast and erected a padrão , a stone cross as a sign of possession for the Portuguese king. The name was extended to the region around Benguela at the end of the 17th century , and then in the 19th century to the territory that was not yet delimited at the time, the colonial occupation of which Portugal undertook.


Geographical location

The Republic of Angola lies between 4 ° 22 'and 18 ° 02' south latitude and 11 ° 41 'and 24 ° 05' east longitude. The country is roughly divided into a narrow depression along the Atlantic coast, which rises to the east, to the interior, to the highlands of Bié : It makes up most of Angola, is flat in the south and mountainous in the center of the country. The highest mountain is the Môco located in this highland with 2619 m above sea level. The Zambezi River flows through the east of Angola .


Angola is divided into three climate zones:

It is tropical on the coast and in the north of the country, which means there are high daytime temperatures between 25 and 30 ° C all year round, and it is only slightly cooler at night. November to April is the rainy season. The climate is strongly influenced by the cool Benguela Current (17–26 ° C), so fog is common. The average amount of precipitation is 500 mm, in the south hardly 100 mm annually.

The highlands in the center and south of the country are temperate-tropical, there are significant temperature differences between day and night, especially in winter. In Huambo , for example, the temperatures in July are between 25 ° C during the day and 7–8 ° C at night, plus enormous drought. Similar to the coast, the rainy season is from October to April. An average of around 1000 mm of rain falls per year.

In the southeast of the country it is predominantly hot and dry with cool nights in winter or heat and occasional rainfall in summer. The annual precipitation fluctuates around 250 mm.


The climatic zones of Angola with the main catchment areas (dotted lines)

The highlands of Bié form the country's “ water tower ”. From there, Angola is divided into 5 main catchment areas. The two largest are those of the Congo and the Zambezi. Together they drain over 40% of the country's area. The areas that run off over the Okavango are around 12%. Thus, a good half of the country drains out of the country via very large catchment areas. In addition, there is the Cuanza , also with around 12%, and the Cunene with just under 8%. The Cuvelai-Etosha catchment area, which drains to the south, should also be mentioned. The remaining 20% ​​of the country are coastal rivers . The water resources in southern Angola are of great importance to the neighboring countries of Botswana and Namibia. Therefore, in 1994 they jointly founded the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission .

Flora and fauna

The black stones of Pungo Andongo in Malange
The Kalandula Falls

Depending on the climate, the vegetation ranges from tropical rainforest in the north and in Cabinda to tree savannas in the center to dry grass savannah, which is interspersed with euphorbias (milkweed family), acacias and baobabs . Starting from Namibia, a strip of desert stretches along the southwest coast. Angola's fauna is rich in wildlife, including elephants , hippos , cheetahs , wildebeest , crocodiles , ostriches , rhinos and zebras . The expansion of agriculture but also the destruction caused by the civil wars and the trade in ivory endanger the survival of many species.

In Angola there are 13 nature reserves (national parks and nature reserves) with a total area of ​​162,642 km², which make up 12.6% of the national territory.


Queen Nzinga of Matamba negotiates with Portuguese colonial rulers

The first inhabitants of what is now Angola were Khoisan , who were largely displaced by Bantu ethnic groups from the 13th century onwards. In 1483 the establishment of Portuguese trading posts on the coast began, especially in Luanda and its hinterland, and a century later in Benguela . It was not until the beginning of the 19th century that the systematic conquest and occupation of today's territory began, which was not completed until the mid-1920s.

From the mid-1920s to the early 1960s, Angola was subject to a "classic" colonial system. The colonial power Portugal was ruled by a military dictatorship from 1926 until the Carnation Revolution in 1974 ( Carmona until 1932 , Salazar until 1968 , Caetano until 1974 ).

Until the end of the colonial period, Angola's most important economic basis was agriculture and cattle breeding, which took place both on the large farms of European settlers and on the family farms of the Africans. The mining of diamonds was of central importance to the colonial state. Another important component was trade. Modest industrialization and the development of the service sector did not occur until the late colonial phase, i.e. in the 1960s and 1970s. In the 1950s, oil deposits were located on the mainland, and in the 1960s in the sea off Cabinda, but it was not until the end of the colonial period that major production began.

In the 1950s, nationalist resistance began to form, which culminated in an armed liberation struggle in 1961 (1960 - in the " Africa year " - 18 colonies in Africa (14 French , two British , one Belgian and one Italian ) were independent from theirs Colonial powers acquired; see also decolonization of Africa ).

As a result, from 1962 Portugal carried out far-reaching reforms and introduced a late colonial phase that created a qualitatively new situation in Angola, but did not bring the war of independence to a standstill. The war of independence came to an abrupt end when, on April 25, 1974, a military coup in Portugal triggered the Carnation Revolution and the collapse of the dictatorship there, and the new democratic regime immediately began to decolonize.

The coup in Portugal sparked armed clashes in Angola between the liberation movements FNLA , MPLA and UNITA , whose ethnic roots differed widely in the country. The USA, Zaire (since 1997 " Democratic Republic of the Congo ") and South Africa (still under the apartheid regime) intervened on the side of the FNLA and UNITA, the Soviet Union and Cuba on the side of the MPLA. The latter retained the upper hand and proclaimed independence in Luanda in 1975, at the same time as FNLA and UNITA in Huambo .

The "alternative government" of FNLA and UNITA broke up quickly too on immediately but after the declaration of independence began civil war between the three movements one from which the FNLA was eliminated after a short time while it UNITA until the death of their leader Jonas Savimbi in 2002 continued. At the same time, the MPLA established a political and economic regime that was modeled on that of the then socialist countries. Cuba’s civil development aid during this period was remarkable.

This regime was abandoned in 1990/91 during a break in the civil war in favor of a multi-party system. Elections were held in September 1992 , in which UNITA also took part. The MPLA received 53.74 percent of the vote and 129 of the 220 parliamentary seats. The MPLA's presidential candidate, José Eduardo dos Santos , received 49.56 percent of the vote; according to the constitution, a runoff (against Jonas Savimbi) would have been necessary.

This created a bizarre situation that lasted until 2002. On the one hand, representatives of UNITA and the FNLA took part in parliament and even the government; on the other hand, UNITA's military arm continued to fight after the election. The political system developed into an authoritarian presidential democracy, while in the country destruction z. T. of considerable extent.

On February 22, 2002, the army discovered Jonas Savimbi in the east of the country and shot him. Then UNITA immediately stopped the fight. She dissolved her military arm, which was partly taken over into the Angolan army. Under a new chairman, Isaias Samakuva, it took on the role of a normal opposition party. In the parliamentary elections in September 2008, the MPLA received 81.64% of the vote (UNITA 10.39%, FNLA 1.11%).

In 2002, the reconstruction of the destroyed cities, villages and infrastructures began. Thanks to oil production and the sometimes high oil price , there was enough foreign currency for this .

A new constitution passed in January 2010 has strengthened the position of the MPLA and especially the state president. One can see in it an authoritarian presidential system.


Population of Angola
year Residents
1940 3,738,010
1950 4,145,266
1960 4,840,719
1970 5,620,001
2014 25,789,024
Population development in millions of inhabitants
Age pyramid in 1000 inhabitants (2017)

In Angola, there have only been two censuses so far in 1970 and 2014. In 2020 the national statistics office published a projection. Accordingly, the population was 31.13 million. Angola's population is one of the fastest growing in the world. In 2019 the population growth was 3.2% and the fertility per woman was 5.4 children. In the 1970s the figure was even around 7.5 children per woman. The median age of the population in 2020 was an estimated 16.7 years. 46.6% of the population are younger than 15 years. According to the UN's average population forecast, a population of over 77 million is expected for the year 2050.

An acute demographic problem, with unforeseeable economic, social and political consequences, has arisen in Angola from the state of war that has dragged on for over four decades. Around 2000, a significant part of the rural population had fled to cities, impassable areas (mountains, forests, marshland) or to neighboring countries (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, DR Congo, Republic of the Congo). Contrary to all expectations, there was no massive return flow after the peace agreement. Although part of the population has returned to their places of origin, - as the surveys of recent years show - on balance, the inland has even continued to lose population. This is not least due to the fact that the economy - with the exception of agriculture and diamond mining - is predominantly concentrated on the coastal strip. However, the 2014 census revealed that the decline in the rural population, despite generally poor living conditions, was less drastic than feared: it accounts for just over 60% of the total population.

Ethnic groups

Map of the ethnic groups in Angola, 1970
A “Quimbo”, a typical village along the Luanda-Uíge highway, October 2008

Most of the Angolans are Bantu and belong to three ethnic groups: more than a third are Ovimbundu , resident in the central highlands, the adjacent coastal strip and now also strongly present in all larger cities outside of this area; almost a quarter are Ambundu (language: Kimbundu ), which predominate in a wide area from Luanda to Malanje; after all, 10 to 15% belong to the Bakongo , a people who are settled in the west of the Congo-Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as in the north-west of Angola and now also represent a strong minority in Luanda.

Numerically smaller ethnic groups are the Ganguela , actually a conglomerate of smaller groups from Eastern Angola , then Nyaneka-Nkhumbi in the southwest, who are mostly shepherd farmers, the Ovambo (Ambo) and Herero Southern Angolas ( with relatives in Namibia) and the Tshokwe (including the Lunda ) northeastern Angola (and southern DR Congo and northwestern Zambia), which have migrated south in small groups over the past century. Some small groups in the extreme southwest are known as Xindonga . Finally, there are residual groups of the Khoisan ( San ) who live scattered in southern Angola and do not belong to the Bantu.

About 2% of the population are mestiços , i.e. mixed race of Africans and Europeans. With 320,000 to 350,000 people at the end of the colonial period, the Portuguese were the largest ethnic group in the country of European descent. More than half of them were born in the country, not infrequently in the second or third generation, and felt that they belonged to Angola more than Portugal. The others had immigrated in the late colonial phase or were transferred to there as employees / officials of state institutions (including the military). Most Portuguese fled to Portugal, Brazil or South Africa shortly before or after Angola's declaration of independence in late 1975, but their number has now grown back to around 170,000, possibly adding 100,000 other Europeans and Latin and North Americans. In addition to the Europeans, there is now a large group of Chinese, estimated at around 300,000 people, who came and are coming to Africa in the course of a wave of immigration. In 2017, 2.1% of the population was born abroad.

Until 1974/75 about 130 German families ( Angola-Germans ) lived as farmers or entrepreneurs in the country, especially in the regions around Huambo and Benguela ; In the city of Benguela there was even a German school at the time. Almost all of them have since left the country.

In contrast to other (African and non-African) countries, the ethnic differences in Angola were only moderately socially explosive. When Bakongo, who had fled to the Congo-Kinshasa in the 1970s, settled in large numbers in Luanda on their return, this led to mutual "alienation" between them and the local Ambundu, but not to massive or even violent ones Conflicts. When Ambundu and Ovimbundu faced each other during the civil war, the conflict also took on ethnic overtones at its height; since peace has reigned, these have clearly subsided. Such demarcations can come into play again in conflicts of all kinds. In addition, the problem of racial relations between blacks, mixed race and whites is by no means over, especially since it is manipulated by politics and in turn determines politics.


Almost all of the languages ​​spoken in Angola belong to the Bantu language family . Portuguese is the official language in Angola. It is spoken at home by 85% of the urban population and 49% of the rural population. Of all African countries, Angola has probably adopted the language of the former colonial power the most. Among the African languages ​​of Angola the most widespread are the Umbundu , which is spoken by 23% of the population, especially the Ovimbundu ethnic group , the Kikongo (8.24%) of the Bakongo , the Kimbundu (7.82%) of the Ambundu and the Chokwe (6.54%) of the Chokwe. Other languages ​​are Ngangela , Oshivambo ( Kwanyama , Ndonga ), Mwila , Nkhumbi , Otjiherero and the Lingala, introduced in the 20th century by returnees from Zaire . A total of around 40 different languages ​​/ dialects are spoken in Angola (depending on the classification criteria).


Pilgrimage church "Nossa Senhora da Conceição" from the 16th century on the Rio Kwanza, November 2009

There are almost 1,000 religious communities in Angola. According to the 2014 census, the Protestant churches , which were often founded during the colonial period, belong to 38.1% of the population, while 41.1% of the population are supporters of the Roman Catholic Church . 12.3% of the population do not belong to any religious community.

Methodists are particularly represented in the area from Luanda to Malanje, Baptists in the northwest and Luanda. In central Angola and the neighboring coastal cities, the Igreja Evangélica Congregacional em Angola (Evangelical Congregational Church in Angola) is particularly represented. Various smaller communities also originate from the colonial period, such as Lutherans (e.g. in southern Angola) and Reformed (especially in Luanda). In addition, there are Adventists , New Apostolic Christians and (not least due to influences from Brazil) since independence, a variety of Pentecostal-charismatic free churches and Jehovah's Witnesses . The new communities, including for example the “ Igreja Universal do Reino de Deus ” (IURD, United Church of the Kingdom of God) organized as a commercial enterprise, which arose in Brazil and spread from there to the other Portuguese-speaking countries, are particularly in the larger ones Cities and some of them have a considerable number of visitors.

Due to influences from South Africa and Namibia, a small offshoot of the Anglican Church of Southern Africa was formed in the 2000s . After all, there are two Christian syncretistic communities, the Kimbangists, rooted in the DR Congo, and the Tokoists, who emerged in colonial Angola .

Only a tiny fraction of the population still adheres exclusively to traditional religions , but it is not uncommon for Christians to find fragments of ideas that stem from these religions.

According to the 2014 census, the proportion of Muslims (almost all Sunni ) is only 0.4 percent. It is made up of immigrants from different, mostly African countries, who due to their diversity do not form a community. Saudi Arabia tried to spread Islam in Angola. In 2010 it announced that it would finance the establishment of an Islamic university in Luanda. In November 2013, however, Islam and numerous other organizations were refused recognition as a religious community because they were incompatible with Christianity. In addition, buildings that were erected without a building permit were earmarked for demolition. More than 60 mosques in the country have been closed.

The Catholic Church, the traditional Protestant churches and some free churches maintain social institutions that are designed to compensate for deficiencies in social or state provision. The Catholic Church and the traditional Protestant Churches occasionally speak out on political issues and receive different hearings.


Angolan children in a village

health care

The nutritional and health situation of the Angolan population is largely catastrophic from a European perspective. Only around 30% of the population have access to basic medical care and only 40% have access to sufficiently clean drinking water . Thousands of people die every year from diarrhea or respiratory infections. In addition, malaria , meningitis , tuberculosis and diseases caused by worm infestation are common. According to UNAIDS estimates, the infection rate with HIV is 2% and therefore very low for the region. The reason given for this is the country's isolation during the civil war.

In 1987, the first major cholera outbreak was reported in Angola, involving 16,222 cases and 1,460 deaths. It began on April 8, 1987 in Zaire Province and spread to many other areas including Luanda Province. After falling between July and October, the number of cases rose from November and was considered endemic , with outbreaks continuing in numerous provinces in 1988. In 1988, Angola reported two-thirds of cholera cases in Africa (15,500 cases versus 23,223 in all of Africa). No more cholera cases were reported between 1997 and 2005.

Cholera outbreak 2006/2007:

Between February 13, 2006 and May 9, 2007, Angola experienced one of its worst cholera outbreaks in history, reporting 82,204 cases with 3,092 related deaths and an overall case-death rate (FVA) of 3.75%. The peak of the outbreak was reached in late April 2006 with a daily incidence of 950 cases.

The outbreak began in Luanda and quickly reached 16 of the 18 provinces. The development suggests that the disease may have spread both by sea and by land. The cholera outbreaks in Angola are reportedly mainly due to poor access to basic services such as clean water and sanitation. While the success of all relief efforts in containing the cholera outbreak is recognized, the lack of long-term and sustainable supplies of clean water and sanitation as well as improved health care still leaves many people vulnerable to cholera and other related diseases such as Marburg , polio etc. Although Luanda reported the most cases (around 50%), other provinces such as Bié, Huambo, Cuanza Sul and Lunda Norte had the highest FVA. This can be explained by the difficult access to health facilities, with the provinces far from Luanda being particularly undersupplied.

In 2007, Angola reported 18,422 cases including 513 deaths (FVA 2.78%). Luanda recorded 37% of all cases and Benguela 22.5%. Cuanza Sul reported the highest proportion of casualties with 12%.

Around a third of the population is partially or completely dependent on foreign food aid . In 2015, 14.0% of the population was malnourished. In 2000 it was 50.0% of the population.

Development of child mortality (deaths per 1000 births)

The under-five mortality rate is the second highest in the world; statistically, one child dies every three minutes in Angola. Due to the lack of medical care, the number of women who die during childbirth is also extremely high. The average life expectancy at birth is given as 61.2 years. Leprosy remains a major concern for health officials in the country in Angola. In 2010, a total of 1048 cases of this chronic infectious disease were recorded.

Development of life expectancy
Development of life expectancy
Period Life expectancy in
Period Life expectancy in
1950-1955 35.9 1985-1990 45.3
1955-1960 1990-1995
1960-1965 1995-2000 45.7
1965-1970 40.0 2000-2005 48.1
1970-1975 2005-2010 52.7
1975-1980 2010-2015 57.7
1980-1985 2015-2020 60.5


School class in Kuito

During the colonial period, education was neglected until the last decade and has always been an instrument of colonial policy. After independence, a systematic new beginning began, in which cooperation with Cuba played an important role. The civil war hampered these efforts and led to a blatant teacher shortage, especially in rural areas. However, the development of a new education system continued overall, especially in the cities, where gradually half the population was concentrated. Since the peace in 2002, great efforts have been and are being made to improve the situation and to remedy the enormous deficits. At the same time, school reform began in Angola with the aim of making the content of the school more relevant to the children and achieving better results.

In Angola, fewer than two-thirds of school-age children go to school. In elementary schools , 54% of children repeat one or more classes. When the children reach the fifth grade, only 6% of the children in their age group go to school. This also has to do with the fact that a valid identity card has to be presented for promotion to higher classes, which many do not have. This high school dropout rate corresponds to the lack of fifth and sixth grade schools. The adult literacy rate in 2015 was 71.1% (women: 60.2%, men: 82.0%)

Of the population> 18 years of age, 47.9% have no school leaving certificate, 19.9% ​​have a primary school certificate, 17.1% have a middle school leaving certificate (I ciclo do ensino secundário), 13.2% have a secondary school certificate (II ciclo do ensino secundário) and 2.0% have a university degree. Among the 18–24 year olds, the rates are 25% (no school leaving certificate), 34% (primary school leaving certificate), 29% (middle school leaving certificate), 13% (secondary school leaving certificate) and 0% (university leaving certificate). The proportion of people> 24 years of age with a university degree varies greatly from province to province. Luanda (5.4%) and Cabinda (3.8%) have the highest proportion, and Cunene (0.6%) and Bié (0.5%) have the lowest .

In cooperation with the Angolan Ministry of Education, the aid organization Ajuda de desenvolvimento de Povo para Povo em Angola runs seven teacher training centers in Huambo , Caxito , Cabinda , Benguela , Luanda , Zaire and Bié , the so-called Escolas dos Professores do Futuro , of which there will be more until the end of 2006 than 1,000 teachers have been trained for use in rural areas. By 2015 eight more of these teacher training centers are to be set up and 8,000 teachers trained.

The higher education system consisted of the state Universidade Agostinho Neto until the late 1990s , whose approximately 40 faculties were scattered across the country and were generally in poor condition. In addition, there was only the Universidade Católica de Angola (UCAN) in Luanda.

There are now a growing number of private universities, especially in Luanda. These include the Universidade Lusíada de Angola , the Universidade Lusófona de Angola , and the Universidade Jean Piaget de Angola, all of which are closely associated with the universities of the same name in Portugal. The Angola Business School was also established with the support of a Lisbon university .

Purely Angolan initiatives are the Universidade Privada de Angola , the Universidade Metodista de Angola , the Universidade Metropolitana de Angola , the Universidade Independente de Angola , the Universidade Técnica de Angola , the Universidade Gregório Semedo, the Universidade Óscar Ribas , the Universidade de Belas , and that Instituto Superior de Ciências Sociais e Relações Internacionais .

All of these universities are located in Luanda, although some have branches in other cities called “pólos”, such as the Universidade Privada de Angola in Lubango , the Universidade Lusófona de Angola in Huambo and the Universidade Jean Piaget in Benguela . In the interests of decentralizing the higher education system, however, it was crucial that in 2008/2009 six regional universities, each with their own name, were spun off from the Universidade Agostinho Neto, which took over the existing faculties and mostly founded more, and which within their respective area of ​​responsibility in other cities “pólos “Set up. In Benguela the Universidade Katyavala Bwila was created , in Cabinda the Universidade 11 de Novembro , in Huambo the Universidade José Eduardo dos Santos with "pólo" in Bié , in Lubango the Universidade Mandume ya Ndemufayo (see also Mandume yaNdemufayo ) with "pólo" in Ondjiva , in Malanje with Saurimo and Luena the Universidade Lueij A'Nkonde and in Uíge the Universidade Kimpa Vita .

In most cases, the namesake were African leaders from pre-colonial times or from the time of primary resistance to colonial conquest. All universities are struggling with structural problems. The area of ​​responsibility of the Universidade Agostinho Neto was limited to the provinces of Luanda and Bengo. However, this development has only partially overcome the qualitative inadequacies of higher education. In Luanda, due to the diversity of universities, some of them are struggling with decreasing demand.


Political indices
Name of the index Index value Worldwide rank Interpretation aid year
Fragile States Index 87.8 out of 120 34 of 178 Stability of the country: big warning
0 = very sustainable / 120 = very alarming
Democracy index 3.62 out of 10 123 of 167 Authoritarian regime
0 = authoritarian regime / 10 = complete democracy
Freedom in the World 32 of 100 --- Freedom status: not free
0 = not free / 100 = free
Freedom of the press ranking 33.92 out of 100 106 of 180 Difficult situation for freedom of the press
0 = good situation / 100 = very serious situation
Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) 26 of 100 146 of 180 0 = very corrupt / 100 = very clean 2019

Political system

José Eduardo dos Santos , Chairman of the MPLA and President of the Republic of Angola from 1979 to 2017 (2014)

Political power is currently concentrated in the presidency. Until 2017, the executive branch consisted of the long-standing President, José Eduardo dos Santos , who was also the commander-in-chief of the armed forces and head of government, and the Council of Ministers. The Council of Ministers, consisting of all government ministers and vice ministers, meets regularly to discuss political issues. The governors of the 18 provinces are appointed by the president and act according to his ideas. The constitutional law of 1992 establishes the essential features of the government structure and specifies the rights and obligations of citizens. The legal system, based on Portuguese law and common law, is weak and fragmented. Courts operate in only twelve of the more than 140 city administrations. The Supreme Court serves as an appeal instance. A constitutional court - with the ability to assess impartially - was not appointed until 2010, despite the law providing for it. João Lourenço has been president since 2017 and seems to be clearing up some of his predecessor's corruption, although he is still chairman of the ruling party and Lourenço is his deputy. In December 2019, Isabel dos Santos , the old president's daughter, was frozen in assets, estimated at $ 2.2 billion .

The constitution adopted by parliament in 2010 further tightened the authoritarian features of the political system. It should be emphasized that the presidential election has been abolished and in future the chairman and vice-chairman of the party that receives the most votes in the parliamentary elections will automatically be president and vice-president, respectively. The President controls all state organs through various mechanisms, including the constitutional court that has now been created; As a result, one cannot speak of a separation of powers. So it is no longer a presidential system, as is the case in the USA or France, but a system that constitutionally falls into the same category as the Caesarist monarchy of Napoleon Bonapartes , the corporate system of António de Oliveira Salazar after the Portuguese Constitution of 1933, the Brazilian military government under the Constitution of 1967/1969, and various authoritarian regimes in contemporary Africa.

The 27-year civil war in Angola has severely damaged the country's political and social institutions. The UN suspects that there were 1.8 million refugees in Angola. Several million people were directly affected by acts of war. Every day the living conditions across the country, especially in Luanda (due to immense rural exodus , the capital has grown to over five million inhabitants), reflected the collapse of the administrative infrastructure and the many social institutions. Hospitals often had no medicines or basic equipment, schools had no books, and public sector employees had no equipment to go about their daily work. Since the end of the civil war in 2002 massive efforts to rebuild have been made, but traces of it can be found all over the country. The various problems and possibilities of the reconstruction are described in great detail by the Angola Portuguese José Manuel Zenha Rela.

The two most influential unions are:

  • UNTA (União Nacional dos Trabalhadores Angolanos); National Union of Angolan Workers
  • CGSILA (Confederação Geral dos Sindicatos Independentes e Livres de Angola); General Confederation of Free and Independent Trade Unions in Angola

houses of Parliament

National Assembly building

On September 5 and 6, 2008, the Angolans elected a new National Assembly for the first time since the end of the civil war . According to election observers from SADC and the African Union (AU), the election was “generally free and fair”. EU observers pointed to the very good technical and logistical preparation for the elections, the high turnout and the peaceful voting process. However, the chaotic holding of the elections, especially in the capital Luanda, was criticized. In the opinion of international observers, there were no free and equal for all parties for fair elections in the period before the elections. Almost all observers unanimously emphasized that the state media outlets were massively abused in favor of the MPLA and that the opposition parties outside Luanda did not have free access to electronic media. Angolan civil society speaks of state-funded election gifts from the MPLA and intimidation by their sympathizers.

The MPLA won the election with almost 82% of the votes cast, while UNITA received a little more than 10% of the votes. The largest opposition party initially lodged a complaint against the election, but admitted defeat when it was rejected.

The following parties had seats in parliament after this election:

In 2011/2012, the regime confirmed its intention to hold parliamentary elections again in 2012, thus for the first time respecting the constitutional provision that elections must take place every four years. In addition to the parties represented in parliament, a further 67 parties were entitled to run in these elections. José Eduardo dos Santos repeatedly announced his intention not to run again in these elections, which raised the question of who would be his successor as president.

The elections then took place on August 31, 2012. Contrary to his previous statements, José Eduardo dos Santos was again the top candidate of the MPLA. According to the preliminary results, the MPLA received a little more than 70% of the votes - less than in 2008, but still a very comfortable majority, which not least guaranteed José Eduardo dos Santos to remain in office. UNITA received around 18% and the newly founded CASA (Convergência Ampla de Salvação de Angola) around 6%. No other parties will move into parliament, as none received even 2% of the vote. Noteworthy are the strong differences between the regions, especially with regard to the results of the opposition: it received around 40% in the provinces of Luanda and Cabinda, where the level of politicization is particularly high.

Elections were held again on August 23, 2017. President dos Santos did not run. The MPLA received around 65% of the vote and thus continued to provide the president. UNITA achieved around 27%.

Human rights

President João Lourenço (2018)

In 2008, according to Amnesty International, there were repeated arbitrary arrests of people who had exercised their right to freedom of expression or to freedom of assembly and association. There is no state social security system. Single women face additional difficulties, especially in rural areas. In some communities, women are traditionally prohibited from owning and cultivating their own land.

After the 2017 national assembly elections, freedom of expression, press and assembly improved under the new President João Lourenço . The state media report more freely and independently, their leadership staff, which consisted of high officials of the ruling MPLA party, were exchanged and contracts with media companies belonging to the family of the former president and acting as the party's mouthpiece were terminated. Even during the election campaign, the media reported on the opposition appearances in elections and all parties were given airtime on state television. Freedom of assembly was also largely guaranteed. Since the new president took office, there has been no evidence of the convictions or arrests of journalists critical of the government.

Until well into the 21st century, homosexuality in Angola could be punished by imprisonment or a labor camp under Articles 71 and 72 of the Criminal Code as a "violation of public morality". Not only were these provisions abolished in 2018, but discrimination based on sexual orientation was banned. Employers who refuse to hire people based on their sexual orientation can face imprisonment for up to two years. Same-sex relationships have long been taboo in parts of society.

In an open letter, several human rights groups and personalities from the country called on US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to address the state of democracy in Angola on her 2009 trip to Africa. “There is a worldwide notion that Angola is making great democratic strides. In reality, people with ideas other than those of the government are being persecuted and arrested. The right to rally does not exist, ”complained David Mendes from the organization“ Associação Mãos Livres ”(Association of Free Hands). China is getting more and more influence in Angola. "And everyone knows that China does not respect human rights," said Mendes. In 2007, Amnesty International issued an open letter to the EU calling for the difficult human rights situation in Angola to be addressed and put on its agenda.

Observers in the country rate the general living conditions in Angola as potentially violent. The historical course from the violent actions of the former Portuguese state power in the colonial war to the independence of the state in 1975, a subsequent 30-year civil war and extremely insecure social conditions with armed local conflicts up to the present day has caused large parts of the Angolan population to be violent on all sides used to everyday life. In the course of the more recent history of the country, respect for individual human life has been impaired and it is now the everyday experience of many citizens that only the ends would justify the means.

Statements in the media that support executions show that the “physical extinction” of suspected or actual criminals is welcomed among the population. There is little orientation towards constitutional standards, such as the right to life. Populist opinion-forming, also disseminated by and in authorities, use the people's perceived fear of crime to keep Angolan citizens away from the rule of law, to distance themselves from human rights or not to demand their civil rights in everyday life. This development is accompanied by regional incidents that lead to attacks and murders among the civilian population, which are not followed up with any clarification or criminal consequences for the perpetrators. These everyday experiences contradict the political proclamations of the Angolan government in favor of supposedly guaranteed constitutional norms in the country.

Political protest

Apparently under the influence of the popular uprisings in Arab countries, attempts were made on March 7, 2011 and then again at a later date to organize a large-scale demonstration against the political regime in Angola in Luanda. They were attempts to articulate protest independently of the opposition parties. The MPLA held a "preventive counter-demonstration" in Luanda on March 5, allegedly with a million supporters. During the following months protests took place on the internet and at rap events. On September 3, 2011, permission was again granted for a demonstration that was critical of the regime, especially against the person of the president, which was then forcibly broken up with the use of batons and firearms when it began to cross the permitted area. About 50 people were arrested and awaited summary sentencing.

Foreign policy

Angola has been a member of the United Nations since 1976, a member of the WTO since 1996 and of OPEC since 2007 as well as a founding member of the South African Development Community SADC , as well as the AU ( African Union ) and the CPLP , the Community of Portuguese Language States.

On October 15, 2013, Angola terminated its strategic partnership with Portugal . President dos Santos said relations between the two countries would not be good. The cause is the fact that the Portuguese judiciary has brought some politically important Angolans, who belong to the immediate vicinity of the president, on charges of crimes committed in Portugal (especially massive money laundering).

See also: List of Angolan Ambassadors to the Holy See , List of Angolan Ambassadors to Brazil , List of Angolan Ambassadors to France , List of Angolan Ambassadors to São Tomé and Príncipe

Administrative division

Territorial division

Angola is divided into 18 provinces (Portuguese: províncias , singular - província ):

No. province Capital population


No. province Capital population


1 Bengo Caxito 465,000 10 Huíla Lubango 3,000,000 Angola Provinces numbered 300px.png
Namibia Sambia Republik Kongo Demokratische Republik Kongo Botswana Provinz Cabinda Provinz Zaire Provinz Luanda Provinz Uíge Provinz Bengo Provinz Cuanza Norte Provinz Cuanza Sul Provinz Malanje Provinz Lunda Norte Provinz Lunda Sul Provinz Moxico Provinz Huambo Provinz Benguela Provinz Bié Provinz Namibe Provinz Huíla Provinz Cunene Provinz Cuando Cubangomap
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2 Benguela Benguela 2,610,000 11 Luanda Luanda 8,525,000
3 Bié Kuito 1,765,000 12 Lunda Norte Lucapa 1,030,000
4th Cabinda Cabinda 850,000 13th Lunda Sul Saurimo 650,000
5 Cuando Cubango Menongue 640,000 14th Malanje Malanje 1,175,000
6th Cuanza Norte N'dalatando 525,000 15th Moxico Luena 910,000
7th Cuanza Sul Sumbe 2,253,000 16 Namibe Moçâmedes 610,000
8th Cunene Ondjiva 1,195,000 17th Uíge Uíge 1,760,000
9 Huambo Huambo 2,470,000 18th Zaire M'banza Congo 720,000

These 18 provinces are further subdivided into 162 municípios , 559 communes and 27,641 localities (Localidades).


No reliable figures are available for the population of cities for the post-colonial period up to the 21st century. Qualitative progress was expected from the publication of the 2008 Instituto Nacional de Estatística survey , which was available after 2011. According to the 2020 projection, the official statistics only published the population of the municípios, but not of the individual municipalities. In addition to the largest city in the district, a município also includes some smaller towns in the area. Accordingly, the following picture emerges for the municípios:

  • Luanda as the capital has grown explosively. According to the 2014 census, the city has 2.17 million inhabitants, and according to the 2020 projection, 2.66 million.
  • Cabinda (740,000 inhabitants) in the oil-rich province of the same name and the provincial capital Uíge (615,000 inhabitants) have shown the highest percentage growth since the last census in 1970 .
  • Of all the larger cities, Lubango suffered the lowest post-colonial tremors, but it is precisely because of this that it has grown to around 930,000 inhabitants due to the inflow not only from the closer and wider surrounding areas, but above all from the central highlands
  • A very strong growth can be observed in the coastal cities of Benguela (660,000 inhabitants), Lobito (460,000 inhabitants) and Moçâmedes (360,000 inhabitants).
  • Huambo initially became Angola's second largest city after independence, but was then largely destroyed and depopulated. Since 2002 its population has grown again to 875,000.
  • Kuito was much more destroyed than Huambo and by 2020 already had 545,000 inhabitants.


The Angolan armed forces maintain a military force of around 110,000 , the Forças Armadas Angolanas (FAA). Angola spent just under 2.2 percent of its economic output or $ 3 billion on its armed forces in 2017. Defense spending is among the highest in Africa. There are three branches of the armed forces: Army , Navy and Air Force and Air Defense Force , of which the army is numerically the largest. Military equipment comes mainly from the former Soviet Union . Small contingents are stationed in the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo . Chief of Staff since October 2010 is a former UNITA general, Geraldo Sachipengo Nunda .



With a gross domestic product of 95.8 billion US dollars (2016), Angola is the third largest economy in Sub-Saharan Africa after South Africa and Nigeria. At the same time, a large part of the population lives in poverty.

The gross domestic product per capita was US $ 3,502 in the same year (US $ 6,844 adjusted for purchasing power). Angola was thus in 120th place worldwide (out of approx. 200 countries in total)

Angola's economy is suffering from the consequences of decades of civil war . Thanks to its natural resources - primarily oil and diamond mining - the country has enjoyed a major economic boom in recent years. Angola's economic growth is the greatest in Africa in 2019. However, the income from the raw material deposits does not reach the majority of the population, but rather corrupt beneficiaries within the country's political and economic rulers and a slowly forming middle class. In 2015, only 4.4 million of the then 26 million inhabitants belonged to the middle class. A large proportion of the population is unemployed and around half live below the poverty line, with drastic differences between urban and rural areas. A survey by the Instituto Nacional de Estatística from 2008 came to the result that around 58% were to be regarded as poor in the countryside, but only 19% in the cities, a total of 37%.

In the cities where more than 50% of Angolans now cluster, the majority of families rely on survival strategies. This is where social inequality is most tangible, especially in Luanda. In the Human Development Index of the United Nations Angola always occupies a place among the last.

Unemployment stands at 24.2% nationwide, with hardly any differences between men and women. However, there are large differences between the provinces. While unemployment is highest in Lunda Sul (43%), Lunda Norte (39%), Luanda (33%) and Cabinda (31%), it is highest in Namibe and Huíla (17%), Malanje (16%), Cuanza Sul and Benguela (13%) the lowest.

The most important trading partners for the export of goods and raw materials are the USA, China , France , Belgium and Spain . Import partners are mainly Portugal , South Africa , USA, France and Brazil . In 2009, Angola developed into Portugal's largest export market outside of Europe, and around 24,000 Portuguese have moved to Angola in recent years, looking for work there or setting up companies. Much more important, however, is China's presence in the form of a number of large companies. After the end of the civil war in 2002, Angola asked China for a loan of US $ 60 billion for infrastructure measures such as the construction of railways, roads, housing and hospitals. It is to be repaid with oil deliveries. However, the projects carried out by Chinese firms, including Chinese workers, are of very poor quality. Newly built roads and railways have to be repaired every two years, the apartments show cracks and water infiltration after a few years, the municipal hospital Hospital Geral de Luanda , completed by the Chinese in 2006, had to be demolished just six years after its inauguration and reopened in 2015.

Of fundamental importance for the population of Angola is the shadow economy, which developed during the "socialist" phase and grew exponentially during the phase of liberalization, and which the government is currently trying to push back.

For a long time Angola was dependent on its oil exports. Almost everything is imported, even mineral water, although the country has countless water sources. The fall in the price of oil put pressure on the state budget of the South West African country. For several years now, it has been trying to diversify its economy - away from oil alone. This requires the expansion of the infrastructure, the modernization of the energy supply and better conditions for private investors.

In the Global Competitiveness Index , which measures a country's competitiveness, Angola ranks 137th out of 140 countries (as of 2018). Outside of oil production, domestic industry is very weak. The state has a great influence on economic activity. At the same time, corruption is very pronounced in the state sector. In 2018, the country only ranks 164th out of 180 countries in the index for economic freedom .

fish factory

Elizabete Dias Dos Santos invested $ 25 million in her Solmar fish factory . The processing plant opened in autumn 2016. This type of assembly line production is unique in the sector in Angola. 120 people work in the factory. In addition, the suppliers benefit because more than 50,000 people live from traditional fishing in Angola. 40% of the purchases are made from small-scale fishermen. In order to attract private investors, the Angolan government had improved the conditions for domestic and foreign companies through, among other things, tax breaks, help with financing and simplified procedures for company formation.

Steel mill

At Aceria de Angola , north of the capital Luanda , a steel mill with a capacity of 500,000 tons per year went into operation in 2015. $ 350 million was invested. The plant has more than 500 jobs and offers many people training. In the plant, scrap is mainly recycled and used to produce structural steel for concrete structures. The aim of the Lebanese-Senegalese operator Georges Fayez Choucair is to export. Therefore the capacity of the plant is twice as high as the Angolan demand.

With the plant, the region was also electrified and the water supply developed. A high-voltage line had to be laid here. Unemployment in the region fell from around seventy to around twenty percent. Fayez Choucair is convinced: “You cannot invest in a new country, in a completely new population and arrive and settle down according to the motto 'I am rich' - no! You have to win over the population today, this is not an individual project, but a community project! "

Privatization program

At the end of 2018, with Presidential Decree Nº141 / 18, the privatization authority IGAPE (Institito de Gestão de Activos e Participação do Estado) was founded, with which the government wants to privatize 195 state-owned companies in whole or in part in order to strengthen the private sector and thus the growth of the country promote. The program covers the most important economic sectors such as the energy sector ( Sonangol ), telecommunications and IT, the financial sector (banking ( BAI ), insurance ( ENSA ), capital funds), the transport sector ( TAAG ), tourism as well as the manufacturing sector including food processing and the Agriculture. Most of the companies are expected to be sold in 2020.

Electricity supply

In 2011, Angola ranked 119th in terms of annual production with 5.512 billion kWh and 114th place in the world for installed capacity with 1,657 MW. In 2014 the installed capacity was 1,848 MW, of which 888 MW in thermal power plants and 960 MW in hydropower plants .

By 2014, only 30 to 40% of the population were connected to the electricity grid. As a result, the government began planning significant investments ($ 23.4 billion by 2017) in the electricity sector. This includes the construction of new power plants, investments in the transmission networks and rural electrification. A number of hydropower plants are to be built on Cuanza and Kunene in order to exploit the hydropower potential (estimated 18,000 MW). The hydropower potential of the Kunene has already been a basis for projects and partial investments in extensive and never fully implemented plans that arose as part of the former Cunene project between South Africa and Angola or Portugal. The Laúca dam with a planned output of 2,070 MW is currently being built. It is expected to go into operation in July 2017.

At present (as of April 2015) there is no national network in Angola , but there are three independent regional networks for the north, the center and the south of the country, as well as other isolated island solutions. As a result, the surpluses from the northern network cannot be fed into the other networks. By far the most important network is the northern one, which also includes the capital Luanda . After completion of the Laúca dam, the three power grids will also be connected to one another.

The power supply is unreliable across the country and is associated with regular blackouts that have to be compensated for by running expensive generators. The price per kWh is 3 AOA (approx. 2.5 € cents), but is heavily subsidized and does not cover costs.

Regional disparities

Street scene in Porto Amboim, May 2010

A structural problem of the Angolan economy is the extreme differences between the different regions, some of which are due to the protracted civil war. Around a third of economic activity is concentrated in Luanda and the neighboring province of Bengo, which is increasingly becoming the expansion area of ​​the capital. On the other hand, there is a standstill or even regression in various inland regions. At least as serious as the social inequality are the clear economic differences between the regions. In 2007, 75.1% of all business transactions and 64.3% of jobs were concentrated in Luanda in (public or private) commercial enterprises. In 2010, 77% of all companies were located in Luanda, Benguela, Cabinda, the province of Kwanza Sul and Namibe. In 2007, GDP per capita in Luanda and the neighboring province of Bengo grew to around 8,000 US dollars, while in western central Angola, thanks to Benguela and Lobito, it was slightly below 2000 US dollars, but in the rest of the country it was well below 1000 US dollars. The trend towards the concentration of the economy in the coastal strip, especially in the "water head" Luanda / Bengo, has not diminished since the end of the civil war, but has continued and brings with it the "emptying" of a large part of the inland. The global growth figures hide the fact that Angola's economy is suffering from extreme imbalances.


One of the most distinctive features of Angola today is pervasive corruption . In the surveys of Transparency International , the country regularly appears among the world's most corrupt, in Africa in a category with Somalia and Equatorial Guinea . In the first five years of the 21st century, it was estimated that oil revenues worth four billion US dollars, or 10% of the then gross domestic product, seeped away through corruption.

The fight against corruption has been part of the government's program for years, but it is only very seldom that it can be proven that this declaration of intent is actually being implemented. A sensational exception at the end of 2010 was the dismissal of ten department heads and almost 100 officers from the Alien and Border Police SME (Serviço de Migrações e Estrangeiros), who are not only responsible for border control but also for issuing entry, residence and exit permits is.

The new President João Lourenço is apparently taking decisive action against corruption and nepotism. In his first year in office he replaced several provincial governors, ministers, high officials and administrators of state companies, such as the head of the state oil company Sonangol , Isabel dos Santos , daughter of the previous president or the chairman of the supervisory board of the state oil fund with a value of 5 Billion US dollars, José Filomeno dos Santos , son of predecessor. José dos Santos was arrested in September 2018 and is suspected of illegally transferring US $ 500 million of the sovereign wealth fund abroad. He was released from custody in March 2019 and has since waited at home for his trial, which began in Luanda on December 9, 2019.

economic sectors

Oil platform off Luanda
  • Mining: Angola has rich offshore oil deposits and diamond mines in the northeast of the country, as well as other mineral deposits in the country. The natural resources make Angola one of the richest countries in Africa. Angola sells rough diamonds worth around one billion euros every year . The gemstones will also be processed in the country itself from 2019 in order to increase sales revenue. Most of the Angolan economy, however, lives from oil and its products. In 2016, the country was Africa's second largest oil producer and exporter after Nigeria with a production volume of 87.9 million tons (see oil / tables and graphics ). According to OPEC, the proceeds from oil production account for around 95% of exports and 45% of Angola's gross domestic product. The most important buyer of oil is the People's Republic of China , which has replaced the United States as its main trading partner. On January 1, 2007, Angola became the 12th member of OPEC , but has only participated in the quota regime since March 2007. In 1975 uranium deposits were also discovered on the border with Namibia . In April 2019, deposits of around 23 billion tons of mineral raw materials with economically interesting contents of rare earth metals were discovered in the province of Huambo , which are to be mined from 2020.
  • Agriculture: Around 85% of the working population are engaged in agriculture. The most important agricultural product for export is coffee , followed by sugar cane. Other important export goods are corn and coconut oil. The production of potatoes, rice and cocoa is also worth mentioning. The breeding of cattle and goats is relatively widespread. Overall, agriculture is still suffering severely from the consequences of the civil war. Because of the danger posed by remaining landmines , many farmers refuse to work their fields. Agricultural production is not enough to meet its own needs, and the country is dependent on the import of food. Agriculture is experiencing a slight upswing.
  • Industry: The country's industry is poorly developed and suffered from the civil war. The main industry in Angola is the processing of agricultural products, primarily grain, meat, cotton, tobacco and sugar; along with the refining of petroleum. Other important products are fertilizers, cellulose, adhesives, glass and steel.

Economic indicators

Angola's gross domestic product and foreign trade have grown massively in recent years due to increasing income from oil exports. When the oil price fell from 2014 onwards, there was a slump.

The important economic indicators of gross domestic product, inflation, budget balance and foreign trade developed as follows:

Change in gross domestic product (GDP), real
in% compared to the previous year
year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Change in% yoy 18.3 20.7 22.6 13.8 2.4 3.4 3.9 5.2 6.8 4.8 3.0 0.0
Source: World Bank
Development of GDP (nominal)
absolute (in billion US $) per inhabitant (in thousands of US $)
year 2014 2015 2016 year 2014 2015 2016
GDP in billion US $ 126.8 103.0 89.6 GDP per inhabitant (in thousands of US $) 4.7 3.6 3.1
Source: World Bank
Development of the inflation rate Development of the budget balance
in% compared to the previous year in% of GDP
("minus" means deficit in the national budget)
year 2013 2014 2015 2016 year 2008 2009 2010 2011
inflation rate 8.8 7.3 10.3 34.7 Budget balance −7.2 −1.0 ≈ 6.6 ≈ 4.3
Source: bfai ≈ = estimated
Development of foreign trade
in US $ billion and its change compared to the previous year in%
2013 2014 2015
Billion US $ % yoy Billion US $ % yoy Billion US $ % yoy
import 26.8 −6.8 28.8 7.5 16.8 −41.7
export 67.7 −4.4 58.7 −13.4 33.0 −43.7
balance 41.0 29.9 16.3
Source: GTAI

State budget

The state budget in 2016 comprised expenditures equivalent to US $ 33.50 billion , which was offset by income equivalent to US $ 27.27 billion. This results in a budget deficit of 6.5% of GDP .

Angola's debts totaled $ 31.4 billion in December 2011. According to Finance Minister Carlos Alberto Lopes, almost half of it, around 17.8 billion, was foreign debt. The main creditors of the Angolan government were China with 5.6 billion, Brazil with 1.8 billion, Portugal with 1.4 billion and Spain with 1.2 billion. Domestic debt of $ 13.6 billion resulted primarily from bonds and treasury bills in support of ongoing government investment programs.

In 2006 the share of government expenditure (as a percentage of GDP) was as follows:

In October 2019, a value added tax (IVA) of 14% was introduced to make the national budget more independent of oil exports. Previously there was only a consumption tax (IC) of 10%, which was thus abolished. The calculated additional revenue for 2020 through the IVA is 432.4 billion Kwanzas, the calculated state revenue for 2020 without the oil sector is 712.3 billion Kwanzas.

The state budget for 2020 is 15.9 trillion Kwanzas (27 billion euros). The government is assuming an average oil price of 55 US dollars / barrel, an inflation rate of 24% and real economic growth of 1.8%. Social spending is 40.7% of total spending. This also includes environmental protection, the expenditure of which has increased by 180% compared to the previous year.

Foreign investment

Since the end of the civil war, private investment by Angolans abroad has increased steadily. This has to do with the fact that in the country the accumulation is concentrated on a small social group and this group is keen to scatter their possessions for reasons of security and profit maximization. The preferred investment target is Portugal, where Angolan investors (including the President's family) are present in banks and energy companies, in telecommunications and in the press. B. Buying up wineries and tourism properties.


Angola with road and rail network

Rail transport

Rail transport in Angola is geared towards the ports. It operates on three networks that are not connected. Another route not connected to the three networks has since been discontinued. There are both freight and passenger traffic. The total length of the route is 2,764 kilometers, of which 2,641 kilometers are in the Cape gauge common in southern Africa and 123 kilometers in the 600 millimeter gauge (as of 2010). The sole operator is the state company Caminhos de Ferro de Angola (CFA).

Long-distance bus transport

There are long-distance buses operated by Macon and Grupo SGO that connect Luanda with the largest cities in the country. Macon offers international connections to Windhoek and Kinshasa .

Air traffic

In Angola, 10 airlines are licensed for domestic flights: Aerojet, Air Guicango, Air Jet, Air 26, Bestfly, Heliang, Heli Malongo, SJL, Sonair and TAAG. Sonair has the largest fleet for the domestic market with six aircraft. The airports with the highest number of passengers in 2016 were: Luanda, Cabinda, Soyo, Catumbela and Lubango. TAAG is the international airline of Angola.

Maritime transport

There are catamaran connections for passengers from the center of Luanda to the suburbs of Benfica, Samba, Corimba, Cacuaco and Panguila as well as a fast ferry connection for the transport of people, vehicles and goods from Luanda to Cabinda, which are operated by the state Instituto Marítimo e Portuário de Angola . Further ship connections to Lobito, Namibe and Porto Amboim are planned.


Angola has 14 million cell phone users, or 46% of the population. The market is divided between the two companies Unitel (82%) and Movicel (18%). 20% of the population have internet access, here too the two market leaders are Unitel (87%) and Movicel (12%). The fixed telephone network is used by only 0.6% of the population. This market is led by Angola Telecom (58%), followed by MsTelecom (21%), TV Cabo (19%) and Startel (2%). Television is only used by 7% of the population, the market leader in this segment is the company ZAP (69%), followed by DStv (28%) and TV Cabo (3%).

On December 26, 2017, AngoSat-1 , the first Angolan communications satellite , was launched into geostationary orbit from the Russian rocket launch site at Baikonur . However, the planned orbital position could not be reached and it was abandoned a few months later.

On September 26, 2018, the South Atlantic Cable System , a 6,165 km long submarine cable that connects Angola with Brazil in 63 milliseconds, went into operation. It also enables the Luanda - Miami connection (via Fortaleza ) in 128 milliseconds.



Some well-known Angolan writers are Mário Pinto de Andrade , Luandino Vieira , Arlindo Barbeitos , Alda Lara , Agostinho Neto , Pepetela , Ondjaki, and José Eduardo Agualusa .

Under the entry Arquivos dos Dembos / Ndembu Archives , 1160 manuscripts from Angola from the 17th to the early 20th centuries were included in the UNESCO list of World Document Heritage .


In music, Angola has a rich variety of regional styles. The music had a great influence on Afro-American music, especially on Brazilian music, through the slaves deported from there. But contemporary Angolan pop music is also heard in the other Portuguese-speaking countries. Kizomba and Kuduro are styles of music and dance that have spread to the world from Angola. Conversely, an increasing influence from the US and Brazilian music markets can be felt in the modern musical life and youth culture of Luanda.

The most famous pop musicians include Waldemar Bastos , Paulo Flores , Bonga , Vum Vum Kamusasadi , Maria de Lourdes Pereira dos Santos Van-Dúnem , Ana Maria Mascarenhas , Mario Gama , Pérola , Yola Semedo , Anselmo Ralph and Ariovalda Eulália Gabriel .


In the 2017 press freedom ranking published by Reporters Without Borders , Angola was ranked 125th out of 180 countries. The situation of press freedom in the country is classified by Reporters Without Borders as "difficult".

watch TV

Televisão Pública de Angola (Angolan, public), TV Zimbo (Angolan, private), AngoTV (Angolan, private), Rádio Televisão Portuguesa (Portuguese, public), Rádio Televisão Portuguesa Internacional (Portuguese, public), Televisão Comercial de Angola (Angolan, state), ZON Multimédia (private), TV Record (Brazilian, private) TV Globo (Brazilian, private), Televisão de Moçambique (TVM) (Mozambican, state)


RNA (Rádio Nacional de Angola) (state), Rádio LAC (Luanda Antena Comercial), Rádio Ecclesia (Catholic radio station), Rádio Cinco (sports radio), Rádio Despertar (affiliated with UNITA), Rádio Mais (private), TSF (Portuguese radio ), Rádio Holanda (in Portuguese)


In 2016, 23.0% of the population used the internet.


Jornal de Angola (state)

Weekly newspapers (all private): Semanário Angolense, O País , A Capital, Folha 8, Agora, Angolense, Actual, Independente, Cara, Novo Jornal, O Apostolado (church), Gazeta de Luanda

Business newspapers: Jornal de Economia & Finanças (state), Semanário Económico (private), Expansão (private)


Rumo (business magazine, private)

News agencies

Agência Angola Press (ANGOP; state)


Fans of the Angolan national team at the 2006 World Cup in Germany

On October 8, 2005, the Angolan national soccer team unexpectedly qualified for the 2006 World Cup in Germany. A close 1-0 win at the bottom of the group in Rwanda was enough to get the ticket and to throw Nigeria , which has participated in every World Cup finals since 1994, out of the competition. The Angolan team took part in a World Cup final for the first time, where they were eliminated in the group third in the preliminary round after a 0: 1 against Portugal, a 0: 0 against Mexico and a 1: 1 against Iran. The team also took part in the African Championships (Africa Cup) in 1996 , 1998 , 2006 , 2008 , 2010 (as host), 2012 , 2013 and 2019 .


The Angolan men's national basketball team has won eleven of the last thirteen events of the African Cup, making it the most successful team in the history of the competition. Therefore, she regularly takes part in the World Cup and the Olympic Games . At the 1992 Games , Angola was the first opponent of the US Dream Team . The greatest sporting successes so far have been surviving the preliminary round at the 2002 , 2006 and 2010 World Championships .


The women's national handball team has won the African championship eleven times and is also the first African team to reach the finals at a World Cup.

Roller skate hockey

This sport has been practiced in Angola since the Portuguese colonial times. In March 2019, the first African championship in roller skate hockey was held in Luanda . Angola won the title after beating Mozambique .


The surfing is becoming increasingly popular in Angola. Since 2013 the Social Surf Weekend has been held every year in October with participants from home and abroad in Cabo Ledo with the support of the Ministry of Tourism. In 2018 it developed into Angola's largest summer festival with over 4,000 participants. In September 2016, the country's first national surf championship also took place in Cabo Ledo. It was organized by the Angolan Water Sports Association. In July 2018, Angola became a member state of the International Surfing Association (ISA).


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Web links

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  1. In Angola itself, the pronunciation in Portuguese, as in most African languages, is [ aŋˈgɔːla ]
  2. ^ Anti-colonial war 1961–1974, decolonization conflict 1974/75, civil war 1975–2002.
  3. See the article by Fernando Pacheco, a very good expert on the subject, in the Angolan newspaper Novo Jornal on May 15, 2015.
  4.  ( page no longer available , search in web archives ) lack credibility, as they update the last colonial statistics according to unrealistic criteria. Your supposedly exact numbers are basically pure fiction@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  5. The assumptions of UNHabitat offer a certain point of reference. See, for example, The State of African Cities 2010: Governance, Inequality, and Urban Land Markets , Nairobi: UNEP / UNHabitat, 2010. It assumes that 80% of Angola's population will live in cities by the middle of this century.
  6. This does not include the surrounding area (including parts of the neighboring province of Bengo), which together with the city represents “Greater Luanda”.

Individual evidence

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