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AngolaAngola Observer

Angola is one of the largest countries in Africa with a territory of 1,246,700 km2 and a population of 30,809,762, of which nearly 55 percent live in rural areas and approximately 45 percent in urban areas. The population density is 23.11 per km2. The country’s capital and largest city is Luanda, with a population of over 5 million people. The coastal lowlands rise into a plateau averaging 1,829 meter. The majority of the territory is desert or savannah with hardwood forests in the northeast of the country.

Angola gained independence from Portugal in 1975 and underwent a transition from a one-party socialist state to a nominally multiparty democracy in 1992. Joao Lourenco became the country's first new president in 38 years in September 2017. He was the chosen candidate of his predecessor Jose Eduardo dos Santos.

Angola is sub-Saharan Africa’s 3rd largest economy and one of Africa’s riches states in terms of natural resources. It is the 2nd largest crude oil producer in Africa since 2016. As of 2018, Angola boasts 384 billion c. m. of proven natural gas reserves while its gross production in that same year stood at 13.94 billion m3.

Increasing the access to electric power is a high priority for the government of Angola, which has set targets of 10 gigawatts (GW) of installed generation capacity and a 60 percent electrification rate by 2025.

Major Indicators

Land ( 1,246,700
Population (inhabitants) 30,809,762
Capital Luanda
Continent Africa
Language(s) Portuguese (official)
National currency Angolan Kwanza
Time Zone GMT+1
Labor force (inhabitants) 12,774,775
GDP (current billion US$) 105.75
GDP per capita (current US$) 3,432.39
GDP growth (percentage) -2.13
Exports of Goods and Services (current billion US$) NA
Proven natural gas reserves (billion c.m.) 384
Natural gas marketed production (billion c.m.) 6.14
LNG exports (billion c.m.) 5.25
Domestic natural gas consumption (billion c.m.) 0.71


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