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Mozambique country of contrast and a land of smiles

Mozambique is one of the most attractive and intriguing tourist destination in South Africa. Many new international hotels and luxury lodges have opened, while the national parks and game reserves, some under private management are being returned to their former glory. The major draw for tourist have long been Mozambique's 2,500 km of white, palm-fringed beaches as well as the Islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago. The vast coral reefs host a range of unique main life and offer unbelievable diving and fishing opportunities.

Mozambique's other exotic destinations include the mysterious mountains of Namuli and Unango, the historical settlements of Angoche, the World Heritage Site of Mozambique Island, The magnificent natural harbour of Pemba, and the Quirimbas Archipelago.

Mozambique provides a contrast to other countries in Southern and East Africa, with its rare blend of African, Arab, and Portuguese influences. This mix is noticeable in the Afro-Portuguese cuisine adnd the Latin beat of the music in the clubs and discos.

Mozambique History

Mozambique was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. By 1505 the Portuguese had control of all of the former Arab sultanates on the East African coast. From about 1500 Portuguese trading posts and forts became regular ports of call on the new route to the East. Mozambique is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations.

Mozambique Geography

Mozambique covers an area of over 800,00 sq. km, three times the size of Great Britain. Situated South East of the African continent, it shares borders with six other countries, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia to the North, Zimbabwe to the West, South Africa and Swaziland to the South. The coastline is 2,500 km's long and boasts numerous majestic beaches fringed by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of small islands.
A vast, low grassland plateau which rises from the coast towards the mountainsin the North and West covers near nearly half the country's land area. The Zambezi river is the largest of the country's 25 rivers. Mozambique is rich in mineral resources such as gold , emeralds, copper, iron ore and bauxite and is currently in oil exporation.

Mozambique Climate

Tropical to sub-tropical with coastal temperatures high for much of the year while the interior is warm to mild, even in the cooler, dry season from April to September. It is usually sunny throughout the year.

Mozambique National Holidays

Dates and information for Mozambiques' National Holidays
  • 1st January - New Year's Day
  • 3rd February - Heroes' Day
  • 7th April - Women's Day
  • 1St May - Worker's Day
  • 25th June - Independence Day
  • 7th September - Victory Day
  • 25th September - Revolution Day
  • 4th October - Day of Peace and Reconciliation
  • 25th December - Christmas
More Information on Mozambique

Mozambique Coat of arms

Mozambique Coat Of Arms

The Mozambique Coat Of Arms was adopted in 1990 in the Constitution of Mozambique article 194. It shows a gear wheel, representing labor and industry. This is bordered by corn stalks and sugarcane, The corn stalks and sugarcane represent agricultural wealth. In the middle there is a red sun which symbolizes the building of a new life, over a map of Mozambique in green, and blue waves, an AK-47 which represents defense and vigilance crossed with a hoe which represents peasantry and agriculture production, and a book which represents education. The wreath is tied with a ribbon bearing the name of the Country. And the res star above is for socialism , symbolizes he spirit of international solidarity of the Mozambican people.

Mozambique Flag

Mozambique Flag

The Mozambique flag was adopted on 1st May 1983. It has a image of a AK-47 and is the only flag in the world to show such a modern rifle. The rifle stands for defence and vigilance. The green in the flag stands for the riches of the land, the small white stripes signify peace, the black represents the African continent, the yellow symbolizes the countries minerals, the red represents the struggle for independence. The open book symbolizes the importance of education, the hoe represents the countries agriculture and the star symbolizes Marxism and internationalism.

Mozambique Latest News

President Guebuza Awarded Honorary Degree
[AIM]Maputo -The Economics Faculty of the Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique's oldest institution of higher education, on Thursday awarded an honorary doctorate in development economics to President Armando Guebuza.
Cuamba - Official Result Confirms Frelimo Victory
[AIM]Maputo -The official results from the mayoral by-election in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba, announced on Thursday by the Niassa Provincial Elections Commission, conform the victory of Zacarias Filipe, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party.
Foreign Debt Remains Sustainable, Says Finance Minister
[AIM]Maputo -Although one of the indicators is now causing concern, Mozambique's foreign debt remains sustainable, Finance Minister Manuel Chang told reporters on Thursday.
Guebuza Meets With Representatives of Diaspora
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican President Armando Guebuza on Friday urged Mozambican communities living abroad to act as “informal diplomats”, and to place national unity, peace and self-esteem at the centre of their actions.
Annual Trade With China Approaching Three Billion U.S. Dollars
[AIM]Maputo -The volume of trade between Mozambique and China rose from 1.64 billion US dollars in 2013 to 2.94 billion so far this year, according to Chinese ambassador Li Chunhua.
Frelimo Wins Cuamba By-Election
[AIM]Maputo -Zacarias Filipe, the candidate of the ruling Frelimo Party has won Wednesday's mayoral by-election in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba, with almost 58 per cent of the votes.
Tete Province Declared Free of Land Mines
[AIM]Maputo -The western Mozambican province of Tete on Wednesday was formally declared free of land lines.
Lam Introduces Cheap Flights
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique Airlines (LAM) announced on Friday the introduction of cheap air fares, known as “Letzgo”, for selected domestic flights as from January.
Central Bank Warns Politicians Not to Damage the Currency
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambican opinion makers should take care of the words they use in order not to have damaging effects on the country's currency, the metical, warned the governor of the Bank of Mozambique, Ernesto Gove, on Wednesday.
At Least Five Deaths in Maputo Storm
[AIM]Maputo -At least five people died in the torrential rains that lashed Maputo on Monday night according to the municipal councillor for health and social welfare, Nurbai Calu.
Government and Ifad Discuss Projects
[AIM]Maputo -Representatives of the Mozambican government and of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) met in Maputo on Monday to assess the projects currently under way with IFAD support.
Contract On Sale of Gas to EDM
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Hydrocarbons Company (ENH) will sell two million gigajoules of natural gas a year to the publicly owned electricity company, EDM, which will be used to generate power at the Ressano Garcia thermal power station (CTRG), on the border with South Africa.
Independence of Africa Remains Incomplete As Long As Western Sahara Is Occupied, Says Vice President of Mozambican Parliament
[SPS]The Vice-President of Mozambican parliament, Lucas Chomera Jeremias, stressed Tuesday at the headquarters of the Saharawi National Council that the independence of Africa is incomplete as long as the last case of decolonization in Africa, Western Sahara is under colonial occupation.
Girl Leaders Come Together to Advocate for Their Rights
[UNFPA]Maputo -"Adolescent girls have rights and potential," declared 15-year-old Catia Zefanias Uamusse, at the opening of the National Girls' Conference in Maputo, Mozambique, in mid-November. "We ought to be in charge of our own bodies and make decisions regarding our sexual and reproductive health."
Contrary to 'Noticias', CNE Has Delivered Results Sheets
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's National Elections Commission (CNE) has delivered to the Constitutional Council, the country's highest body in matters of constitutional and electoral law, all the results sheets from the 15 October general elections which it requested - contrary to a claim made on the front page of Wednesday's issue of the Maputo daily "Noticias".
All Polling Stations Bar One Opened On Time
[AIM]Maputo -All bar one of the 65 polling stations in the northern Mozambican municipality of Cuamba opened on time, at 07.00, for Wednesday's mayoral by-election, according to the Electoral Observatory, Mozambique's largest and most credible group of election observers.
Municipal Bus Company Running At Heavy Loss
[AIM]Maputo -Maputo's publicly owned municipal bus company, EMTPM, made a loss of over 174 million meticais (about 5.5 million US dollars, at current exchange rates) in 2013, according to the company's report and accounts for that year, published this week.
27 Cases of Human Trafficking Reported This Year
[AIM]Maputo -In the first ten months of this year, 27 cases of trafficking in people were reported in Mozambique, according to Assistant Attorney-General, Lucia Maximiliano.
Storms Leave Trail of Destruction
[AIM]Maputo -Storms that hit parts of southern and central Mozambique over the weekend and on Monday night left a trail of destruction across Maputo city and province, and much of Sofala.
President of Saharawi National Council Receives Vice President of Mozambican Parliament
[SPS]Shaheed Elhafed -The President of the Sahrawi National Council, Khatry Adduh, received Tuesday at the Guest house the Vice President of the Mozambican parliament, Lucas Chomera Jeremias.
Minister Inspects Progress On Fish Market
[AIM]Maputo -Mozambique's Minister of Fisheries, Victor Borges, on Monday expressed satisfaction at progress in building the new fish market on the Maputo coast road.
'I Didn't Think Twice, I Decided to Come to Liberia'
[Verdade]The Ebola epidemic doesn't give truce and has caused the death of 5,459 people, between 15,351 cases identified in eight countries, until 18 November, according to data from the World Health Organisation (WHO). On the frontline of the fight against this epidemic, in the small town of Greenville, Liberia, we found a Mozambican Jeremias Naiene.
Dhlakama Accused of Violating Ceasefire
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican government on Monday accused Afonso Dhlakama, leader of the former rebel movement Renamo, of violating the agreement on cessation of hostilities that he had signed with President Armando Guebuza on 5 September.
EU Keeps Mozambican Air Companies On Banned List
[AIM]Maputo -The European Commission has kept all Mozambican air companies on its black list of airlines that are not allowed to operate in the air space of the European Union.
Soldiers Caught Selling Gun
[AIM]Maputo -The Mozambican police on Monday announced the arrests of three members of the armed forces (FADM) who were caught trying to sell an AK-47 assault rifle.
Bill Passed On Leader of Second Party
[AIM]The Assembly of the Republic on 4 December passed the second and final reading of a bill which creates the post of "Leader of the Second Largest Party in Parliament".
Deputies' Privileges Bill Passed
[AIM]The Mozambican parliament, the Assembly of the Republic, on 4 December passed the final reading of a bill increasing the benefits and privileges of parliamentary deputies.
Interest Rates Unchanged, While Exchange Rate Slips
[AIM]Maputo -The Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Mozambique has announced that the bank's key interest rates will remain unchanged for the rest of the year.
President Guebuza Inaugurates Nacala Airport
[AIM]President Armando Guebuza on 13 December officially inaugurated the new international airport in the northern port city of Nacala, costing over US$250 million and built with the financial support of Brazil. President Guebuza declared that the imposing new buildings are yet further proof that "there are people committed to the construction of a prosperous Mozambique, and who oppose those who only know how to make speeches which incite to violence and destruction".
Electoral Observatory Will Cover By-Election in Full
[AIM]Maputo -The Electoral Observatory (OE), the largest and most credible grouping of Mozambican election observers, has guaranteed that it will be present at all 65 polling stations in the mayoral by-election due to be held in the northern municipality of Cuamba on Wednesday.
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