Angola. According to countryaah, President José Eduardo dos Santos celebrated his 30th birthday in September without giving any hint of plans to step down. The presidential election that was scheduled to be carried out during the year was postponed until the parliamentary commission that writes a new constitution should be able to finish its work.
After the end of the 27-year-long civil war in 2002, the Angolan regime has been able to use the country’s large oil revenues to create stability, despite the fact that wealth is extremely unevenly distributed. However, the world economic crisis and the oil price race forced the regime to turn to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in 2009 with a request for a loan of up to US $ 890 million to avoid an acute budget crisis. See ABBREVIATIONFINDER for abbreviation AO which stands for the nation of Angola.
Angola – Luanda
Luanda, formerly São Paulo de Luanda, capital of Angola; 2. 8 million residents (2014). Luanda, the country’s largest city, is located on the Atlantic coast of northern Angola. The city’s business sector includes, among other things, oil refinery, breweries and the textile, sugar, tobacco and cement industries. Luanda is also an export port for coffee, cotton, diamonds and salt. The city has universities (founded in 1962).
Luanda was founded by the Portuguese in 1575, became the colonial administrative center in 1627 and was one of the shipping ports for slave traffic to Brazil.
Traditional handicrafts are offered in Luanda. There are hardly any shops outside of the big cities.
There are several nightclubs and cinemas in Luanda. It is also advisable to book tickets in advance here. The popular kizombas feature African music and local food.
As there are only a few restaurants and hotels, tables should be reserved in advance. First class service is available at Hotel Presidente Meridien.
Many hotels in Angola have recently been renovated and now offer air conditioning, telephones, radios and private bathrooms. However, the offer is limited, so you should book well in advance. In Luanda, hotels are particularly expensive. More information is available from SATUL (Sociedade Angolana de Empreendimentos Turisticos e Hotelaria, LDA), Rua do Carmo 8, Luanda. (Tel: (02) 33 21 19). Accommodation is also available in Kissama National Park (see Resorts & Excursions).
(47%) indigenous religions and Christianity (predominantly Catholicism (38%) and Protestants (15%)).
Social Rules of Conduct
The usual forms of politeness should be observed. Photographing: Public facilities, events or buildings and soldiers may not be photographed. Failure to do so may result in loss of the film, photographic equipment or arrest. Tipping is officially frowned upon. If not included in the bill, about 10%. Cigarettes and the like are gladly accepted.
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Hot and humid north during summer months November to April; somewhat cooler and considerably drier in the winter months from May to October. In the south it is almost constantly hot, in winter it is slightly cooler.
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