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Official name: Republic of Angola / República de Angola
Official Languages: Portuguese
Recognised Languages: Kikongo, Chokwe, Umbundu, Kimbundu, Nganguela, Kwanyama
Independence: (from Portugal) 11 November 1975
Population: 24,383,301 (2014 census)
Time Zone: UTC+1 (Daylight Savings Time is not observed)
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Angola is approximately twice the size of France, or of Texas. It is the world’s twenty-third largest country. Angola is bordered by Namibia, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the South Atlantic Ocean. The capital, Luanda, is situated in the northwest of the country.
Luanda is the largest city in Angola, and the most populated, with a population of over 6 million. It was founded on 25 January 1576 as "São Paulo da Assumpção de Loanda" by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais.
Having been present in Angola for more than 400 years, Portuguese culture has had a great influence on Angola; both countries share the Portuguese language and main religion (Roman Catholic Christianity).
The climate in Angola varies between regions, but averages at 16 degrees in the winter, and 21 in the summer. It is hotter and drier inland. March to April is the rainy season in Angola, whilst June to October are usually completely dry.
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office may advise against travel to some areas of Angola, please check their advice here - https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/angola - before you book your trip. Direct Travel Insurance are unable to offer cover for travel to any country against FCO advice.
Prior to travel to Angola, you must obtain a valid visa and/or work permit. Entry requirements can be checked with the Angolan Embassy in London.
There is a high level of crime in Luanda, and travellers are advised to avoid walking around, especially after dark. Popular tourist areas are particular targets for crime, and visitors are advised to remain vigilant. Cabinda province has reported high rates of violent crime against both foreigners and Angolans, and groups claiming responsibility for these attacks intend to continue targeting foreigners.
Cholera, malaria, rabies, and African haemorrhagic fevers are common in Angola. Additionally, diseases carried by insects such as Dengue Fever are also present. Angola launched a national vaccination campaign against measles in 2014, and this is ongoing. The campaign also includes polio vaccination. You will be vaccinated against yellow fever at the airport.