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Angola

Background

Angola

Angola is rebuilding its country after the end of a 27-year civil war in 2002. Fighting between the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA), led by Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS, and the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), led by Jonas SAVIMBI, followed independence from Portugal in 1975. Peace seemed imminent in 1992 when Angola held national elections, but fighting picked up again by 1996. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - in the quarter century of fighting. SAVIMBI's death in 2002 ended UNITA's insurgency and strengthened the MPLA's hold on power. President DOS SANTOS held legislative elections in September 2008 and, despite promising to hold presidential elections in 2009, has since made a presidential poll contingent on the drafting of a new constitution.

About

Angola is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Namibia in the south, Zambia in the east and the Republic of Congo, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north. The country is rich in natural resources: It has large reserves of oil and diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land. Despite this, Angola remains a very poor country, having been ravaged by a bloody civil war in the early 1970s.

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AngolaTalatona Convention Hotel 

Rua Luanda Sul
Luanda CCB4 GU02
Angola

Price (US$): $480 - $760 / night

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Location. Talatona Convention Hotel is located near the beach in Luanda and close to Talatona Convention Centre. Other area points of interest include Mussulo Beach. Hotel Features. Talatona Convention Hotel features a coffee shop/café, a poolside bar, and a bar/lounge. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an outdoor tennis court, and a health club. Spa… more »

AngolaHotel Horizonte Novo 

Rua Do Imbondeiro, N 50
Bairro 1 de maio - Luanda Sul
Viana
Angola

Price (US$): $199 - $318 / night

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Location. Hotel Horizonte Novo is located in Viana and attractions in the region include Estadio da Cidadela and Talatona Convention Centre. Hotel Features. Hotel Horizonte Novo features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The hotel serves a complimentary buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a spa tub, a sauna, and a fitness facility. Complimentary wireless Internet access is available in public areas. This Viana property has 2 meeting… more »

AngolaAldeamento da Mulemba 

Estrada do Cacuaco Km 9
Luanda
Angola

Price (US$): $295 - $369 / night

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Location. Located in Luanda, Aldeamento da Mulemba is near the airport and Estadio da Cidadela is a local attraction. Regional points of interest also include Talatona Convention Centre. Resort Features. Aldeamento da Mulemba's restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. A poolside bar and a bar/lounge are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The resort serves a complimentary buffet breakfast. Recreational amenities include a fitness facility. This 3 star… more »

AngolaHOTEL BAIA LUANDA 

Av Dr Agostinho Neto
Luanda
Angola

Price (US$): $485 - $765 / night

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IN PRAIA DO BISPO 5 MINUTES FROM LUANDA CITY CENTRE HOTELBAIA IS PART OF THE NEWEST ECONOMIC CENTRE IN ANGOLA SCAPITAL. ITS EASE OF ACCESS AND PRIZED LOCATION WITH MAGNIFICENT VIEWS OVER BAIA DE LUANDA ALLOWS THE ENJOYMENT OF A PEACEFUL ENVIRONMENT AND PRECIOUS MOMENTS OF RELAXATION AND RECREATION DURING BUSINESS TRAVEL.WITH AN AVANT GARDE ARCHITECTURE WHICH GIVES THE SPACE AMODERN YET COSY FEELING HOTEL BAIA OFFERS 138 ROOMS ARESTAURANT WITH INTERNATIONAL CUISINE TWO BARS A FITNESSCENTRE… more »

AngolaHOTEL TROPICO LUANDA 

Rua da Missao No 103
Luanda
Angola

Price (US$): $470 - $825 / night

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LUANDA IS THE CITY OF OPPORTUNITIES AND STAYING AT TROPICOIS AN OPPORTUNITY YOU CANNOT MISS. A HOTEL THAT MEETS THEMOST DEMANDING REQUIREMENTS OF A DISCERNING GUEST ATTENDINGBUSINESS MEETINGS SAFETY AND INTERNATIONAL DIMENSION. THEROOMS ARE DECORATED IN A WESTERN STYLE BUT THE SOUL TROPICOIS PURELY AFRICAN WITH OUTSTANDING QUALITY IN ALL SERVICES.GUESTS ENJOY THE ASSURANCE OF KNOWING THEY ARE IN THE RIGHTPLACE WHERE COMFORT AND SERENITY ARE GUARANTEED. more »

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Angola

Full name
Republic of Angola
Capital
Luanda
Location

Southern Africa, bordering the South Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and Democratic Republic of the Congo

Geographic coordinates

12 30 S, 18 30 E

Area comparative

slightly less than twice the size of Texas

Border countries

Democratic Republic of the Congo 2,511 km (of which 225 km is the boundary of discontiguous Cabinda Province), Republic of the Congo 201 km, Namibia 1,376 km, Zambia 1,110 km

Coastline

1,600 km

Climate

semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)

Terrain

narrow coastal plain rises abruptly to vast interior plateau

Lowest point

Atlantic Ocean 0 m

Highest point

Morro de Moco 2,620 m

Natural resources

petroleum, diamonds, iron ore, phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold, bauxite, uranium

Population

13,068,161 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico (mixed European and native African) 2%, European 1%, other 22%

Religions

indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)

Languages

Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages

Government type

republic; multiparty presidential regime

Independence

11 November 1975 (from Portugal)

National holiday

Independence Day, 11 November (1975)

Chief of state

President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21 September 1979); note - the president is both chief of state and head of government

Head of government

President Jose Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21 September 1979); Antonio Paulo KASSOMA was named prime minister by MPLA on 26 September 2008

Internet country code

.ao

Internet users

606,700 (2009)

Airports

193 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Cabinda, Lobito, Luanda, Namibe

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