L'Angola: il paese delle guerre, del "galo negro" e dei suoi fantasmi

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Angola: the land of wars, the "black galo" and its ghosts

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[Autom. eng. transl.] Angola borders with Namibia in the south, Zambia in the south-east, with the Democratic Republic of Congo in the north, and in the northeast, and in the west with the Atlantic Ocean for about 1600 kilometers of coastline.1 There is also a external area, that of Cabinda, wedged between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Congo-Brazzaville, but separated from the rest of the country by the Congo river and by a corridor of territory belonging to the Congo. The country covers an area of 1,250,000 square kilometers, less than twice Texas - says the website of the CIA Worldfactbook 2004 - and this provides a starting point for a brief reflection on how much it is 'indicative' to have to think about the extension of Texas for understand the territorial breadth of an African country. The population is about 11 million inhabitants, the capital is Luanda and the currency is kwanza. In Angola, the average life expectancy is 36 for men and 37 for women. There are around 240,000 HIV-positive people. The main ethnic groups are the Ovimbundu, the Kimbundu, the Bakongo, the Mestico, and the Europeans. The official language is Portuguese, in addition to Bantu and local languages. The President is since 21 September 2004 Jose Eduardo Dos Santos
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Angola: the land of wars, the "black galo" and its ghosts
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)119-126
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2005


  • Angola
  • History and politics


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