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(Republic of Angola)
Flag: the top half - a red, lower half - black; in the center the five-pointed yellow star and a half of a yellow cogwheel are crossed by a yellow machete.
SLOGAN: Angola Avanti.
MONETARY GROUP: Angola escudo (AE) I was national currency till 1977 when the kwanza (Kw) from 100 lwei replaced it. There are coins of 50 lwei and 1, 2, 5, 10 and 20 kwanza and also notes of 20, 50, 100, 500 and 1000 kwanza. Kw1 = $0,01129 (or $1 = Kw88.6) as of 2005.
SCALES AND MEASURES: the metric system is used.
HOLIDAYS: New year, on January 1; Anniversary of flash of the anti-Portuguese fight, on February 4; Victory Day, on March 27; Youth Day, on April 14; Day of workers, on May 1; Day of armed forces, on August 1; Day of national heroes, on September 17; Independence Day, on November 11; Day of pioneers, on December 1; Anniversary of MPLA Fund, on December 10; Day of family, on December 25.
ARRANGEMENT, SIZE AND ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Angola is located on the western coast of Africa, to the south from the equator. Angola is a little less, than is twice more than Texas, with a total area of 1 246 700 sq.km (481 353 quarter. Miles), including an exclave of Cabinda (7 270 sq.km / 2 810 quarter. Miles) which is surrounded with the Democratic Republic of the Congo (the GENISTA - earlier Zaire) and the Republics of Congo (ROC). Actually, Angola stretches 1,758 km (1 092 miles) se-nv and 1491 km (926 miles) of ne-sw; Cabinda 166 km long (103 miles) of NUS and 62 km (39 miles). Actually Angola it is limited on n and ne from DROC, differently to Zambia, on Namibia (South West Africa) and on the Atlantic Ocean. Its total length of border, including Cabinda, is 5 198 km (3,233 miles).
Topographical Angola consists generally of wide plains at the height more than 1000 m (3,300 feet) at height; high the plateau (planalto) in the center and the South makes up to 2400 m (7 900 feet). The highest point in Angola - the mountain. Moko, at the height of 2620 m (8 596 feet), near Huambo; other main peaks - Mt. Furs (2,583 m / 8,474 feet), in the region Benguela and on the mountain. Vavele (2,479 m / 8,133 feet), in the Province of Kuanza-Sul.
The rivers are numerous, but are a little navigable. In Angola there are three types of the rivers: constantly eating rivers (for example, the river Zaire), the seasonal fodder rivers and the temporary rivers and streams. Only Cuanza, in the central Angola and Zaire, in the north, are navigable by boats of the considerable size.
The climate of Angola considerably varies from the coast to the central plateau and even between the northern coast and the southern coast. The North, from Cabinda to Ambriz, has humid tropical climate. The zone which begins a little to the north from Luanda and stretches to Namibe, Malanye's region and east strip has temperate tropical climate. Damp conditions prevail to the south from Namibe, dry conditions in the central area the plateau and climate of the desert in the southern strip between the plateau and border with Namibia. There are two seasons: a dry, cool season from June till end of September and a rainy, hot season from October to April or May.
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