A lot of people don't know much about Angola, except that it's in Africa. So for your educational purposes...
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Slightly less than twice the size of Texas
Border countries:DR of the Congo, Congo, Namibia, Zambia
Terrain: narrow coastal plain that rises abruptly to vast interior plateau.
Main natural resources: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore
(Of that, 5 million people are living in Luanda, a city built for 400,000 people)
Angola has a very young population due to the war (0-14 years: 43.7%, 15-64 years: 53.5%)
Religion: indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%
Languages: Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
Living below the poverty line: 70%
Infant mortality rate: 185.36 deaths/1,000 live births
Semiarid in south and along coast to Luanda; north has cool, dry season (May to October) and hot, rainy season (November to April)
On the war:
Angola is slowly 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 UNITA renewed fighting after being beaten by the MPLA at the polls. Up to 1.5 million lives may have been lost - and 4 million people displaced - in the quarter century of fighting.