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Luanda Practical Information

Luanda is the largest city in Angola, Africa and it is also the capital. The city and country sit on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Founded by Portuguese settlers in 1575, the majority of the population is of Portuguese decent and thus speak the native tongue. Much of the city is poor, due to expensive merchandise, high rent and property taxes and low wages.


Kwanza (Kwz) is the currency used in the country, introduced after the War for Independence from Portugal and before the Angolan Civil War. It is discouraged from going out of the country and is not possible to be converted. The banking system is unstable for private use. It is strongly encouraged to have a stateside account when visiting the country.


The telephone system is very fragile, causing most residents to use cellular phones rather than landlines. The electricity used is 220 volts, 50 cycles. The electricity is unreliable and the city has many power outages. They have one local television, TPA, and five radio stations that play American and Brazilian music.


Like most cities to the East, they too drive on the right side of the road with narrow streets. The roads have many potholes due to lack of upholding.  

People of Luanda

The population of Luanda sits just below five million. It has grown throughout the years due to migration because of the wars going on in neighboring countries. Through the early years, after slave trading stopped and interracial relationships flourished, the major ethnicity in the city is African. The main language is still Portuguese, but many African languages still exist, such as the Bantu language. Many residents throughout the city endure hardship and struggles due to slow job production and near-to-nothing wages. Due to this, crime has risen, and has become very violent throughout the Shantytowns barricading the urban lands.

Land and Weather

The city sits above sea level at only six miles. Divided in two parts, one is the old city, called Baixa de Luanda in south Luanda and the other, the new city called Cidade Alta in the north. The major growing factor for the economy is oil extraction followed by diamonds, sugar, coffee and a few others.

Seated below the equator and by the water, the days are hot with a dry humidity. The city has many foggy days that halt the production of rain and low temperatures. The months of June to October are the driest days and March and April is the short rainy season. The hottest temperatures are in the month of May and the lowest in Late August.

Part or or all of this text stems from the original article at: Thomas Weber, Brandon Anderson, Luanda


February 18, 2010 change by ctanios

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