Looking to boost your knowledge about countries of Africa? Take a look at these 21 interesting facts about Mozambique!
- Mozambique is a beautiful, wildlife-rich country in South-east Africa.
- It is bordered by Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Tanzania to the north, Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest and Zimbabwe to the west.
- To explore the beautiful landscape and discover the incredible wildlife that Mozambique has to offer, head for the coordinates of 25.9500° S, 32.5833° E.
Flag of Mozambique
- The terrain here is mostly dominated by coastal lowlands, with uplands further inland, high plateaus in the northwest and mountains in the west.
- The total land area of Mozambique is 308,642 square miles (799,380 square kilometres)…
- …that’s more than 3 times the size of the UK!
- Mozambique’s population was 29.5 in 2018…
- …that’s less than half the population of the UK!
- Residents here are known as Mozambicans.
- The capital is Maputo; it covers an area of 134 square miles (346 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,2 million in 2020.
- Mozambicans enjoy a tropical to subtropical climate with a rainy season from November to April and a year-round average temperature of 28°C!
- Mozambique is home to a wide range of wildlife, including elephants, manatees, lions, aardvarks, rhinoceros, hippopotamuses, giraffes, snakes, buffalos, crocodiles, leopards, bushbabies, monkeys, cheetahs, panthers and hyenas!
- Despite boasting a total of 98 airports, only 21 have paved runways!
- The official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, although many local languages are also spoken here.
- Mozambique gained independence from Portugal in 1975.
- Mozambican Metical is the official currency here.
Benguerra Island, Mozambique
- Did you know that Mozambique is the only one-word country name to feature all 5 vowels? That’s a good one to remember for your next pub quiz night!
- The average life span here is 59.31 years (2017).
- Mozambique grows cashew nuts, cotton, tea, sugarcane, corn, coconuts, fruits and potatoes; they also rear cattle and poultry and catch fish.
- Its industry consists of aluminium, petroleum products, textiles, chemicals, glass, cement, tobacco, food and beverages.
- The main exports include aluminium, prawns, cotton, sugar, timber, citrus fruits and electricity.
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