Capital | Maputo
Population | 22,948,858 (July 2011 est.)
Area | 801,590 SQ KM
Official Language | Portuguese
Holidays | Independence Day, 25 June (1975)
Currency | Metical (MZM)
Time Zone | UTC +2
Best Time to Visit | June to August, when rainfall and temperatures are at their lowest.
Connecting with the Culture | Visiting Pemba, a coastal town at the mouth of a huge bay with a great beach, some interesting buildings and a lively atmosphere. Exploring Ilah de Mocambique (Mozambique Island), the northern half of which has been declared a World Heritage Site. Swimming at the Bazaruto Archipelago National Park. Seeing the grand Zambezi River dammed by the Barragem de Cahora Bassa- set in stunning scenery at the head of a magnificent gorge. Lazing on the long, beautiful beaches of Tofo and Barra.
Read | Dumba-Nengue- Histórias trάgicas do Banditismo by politician, journalist and environmentalist Lina Magaia.
Listen | to Léman’s Automy dzi Txintxile (Changes of Life) and Katchume by Kapa Dêch.
Watch | Borders of Blood and Mueda, Memory and Massacre.
Eat | matapa (cassava leaves cooked in a peanut sauce, often with prawns) in the south of galinha ά Zambeziana (chicken with a sauce of lime juice, garlic and hot pepper) in Quelimane and Zambézia province.
Drink | sura (palm wine) or nipa, a local brew made from the fruit of cashew.
In a Word | lixile (good morning)
Characteristics | Friendly people; guerrilla war; poverty; beautiful beaches; land mines.
Surprises | Large mammals believed to be extinct or on the verge of extinction in Mozambique include the black rhino, white rhino, giraffe, roan antelope and the African wild dog.