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Luanda

Luanda, Angola’s capital and biggest city, is the country’s most populated and vital metropolis, as well as its principal port and major industrial, cultural, and urban center.

Luanda is Angola’s main seaport and administrative center, located on the country’s Atlantic Ocean coast.

It has a population of nearly 6 million people in the metropolitan area. It is also the capital of the province of Luanda, as well as the world’s third most populous Portuguese-speaking city, behind So Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, both in Brazil, and the world’s most populated Portuguese-speaking capital city, ahead of Braslia, Maputo, and Lisbon.

The city is now undergoing a massive redevelopment, with several huge projects underway that will substantially change the cityscape.

Luanda – Info Card

POPULATION : City: 2,825,311  /  Metro: 6,542,942
FOUNDED :  1576
TIME ZONE : +1
LANGUAGE : Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages
RELIGION : Indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15%
AREA : 113 km2 (44 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 6 m (20 ft)
COORDINATES : 8°50′18″S 13°14′4″E
SEX RATIO :• Male: 49.58%
• Female:50.42%
ETHNIC : Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo 13%, mestico (mixed European and native African) 2%, European 1%, other 22%

Climate of Luanda

Luanda’s climate is moderate and semi-arid.

Due to the chilly Benguela Current, which prevents precipitation from rapidly condensing into rain, the climate is moderate to hot yet unexpectedly dry. Even during the entirely dry months of June to October, frequent fog keeps temperatures from lowering at night.

Economy of Luanda

Luanda is home to almost one-third of Angolans, with 53% of the population living in poverty. For the most part, living conditions in Luanda remain poor, with critical amenities like as potable drinking water and electricity still in limited supply, as well as significant traffic congestion. Luxury buildings for the advantage of the rich few, on the other hand, are growing. Luanda is one of the most costly cities in the world for international residents.

Processed foods, drinks, textiles, cement and other construction materials, plastics, metalware, cigarettes, and shoes/clothing are all examples of manufacturing. The city refines petroleum (discovered in neighboring off-shore resources), however the plant was frequently destroyed during the Angolan Civil War (1975–2002).

Luanda has a great natural harbor, and coffee, cotton, sugar, diamonds, iron, and salt are the main exports. The city also boasts a strong construction sector, which is a result of the countrywide economic boom that began in 2002 when the civil war ended and governmental stability was restored.

How To Travel To Luanda

BY PLAINDespite its low visitor numbers, the city has a surprisingly high number of international links, which mostly serve Angolans residing abroad (such as in Brazil) and an increasing number of enterprises serving the oil and diamond sectors, as well as rehabilitation (done largely by Chinese workers and Brazilian...

How To Get Around In Luanda

BY MINIBUSTo encourage more people in Luanda to utilize the bus system, the government is making significant investments in it.BY TAXIA common mode of transportation for residents of the city is the Candongueiros, a light blue and white minibus cab. Locals utilize them every day, despite the fact that many foreigners...

Prices in Luanda

MARKET / SUPERMARKETMilk1 liter$ 2.30 Tomatoes1 kg$ 4.10 Cheese0.5 kg$ 18.50 Apples1 kg$ 4.00Oranges1 kg$ 4.20Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 2.00Bottle of Wine1 bottle$ 13.00Coca-Cola2 liters$ 3.00Bread1 piece$ 2.70Water1.5 l$ 1.40RESTAURANTSDinner (Low-range)for 2$ 40.00Dinner (Mid-range)for 2$ 58.00Dinner (High-range)for 2$ 76.00Mac Meal or similar1 meal$ 19.00Water0.33 l$ 1.25Cappuccino1 cup$ 2.75Beer (Imported)0.33 l$ 3.00Beer (domestic)0.5 l$ 2.30 Coca-Cola0.33 l$ 1.50Coctail...

Sights & Landmarks In Luanda

Mausoleum of Augostinho Neto, +244 222334835. When arriving in Luanda, the enormous obelisk-like edifice rising over the rest of the city is difficult to miss. If you're wondering what it is or why it's there, it's a mausoleum dedicated to Augustinho Neto, Angola's first President who spearheaded the country's...

Museums & Galleries In Luanda

Fortaleza de Sao MiguelAddress: Calcada de Sao Miguel, Luanda, AngolaMuseu da MoedaAddress: Av. 4 de Fevereiro 151, Luanda, AngolaPhone Number: +244 226 431 231Website : http://www.museudamoeda.bna.ao/ao/National Slavery MuseumThis museum chronicles the history of the slave trade in present day Angola.Address: Km. South of Luanda 18, Luanda, AngolaPhone Number:+244 923 586 173

Food & Restaurants In Luanda

On The Marginal or on Ilha De Luanda, the bulk of eateries are located. Take caution not to drink tap water while dining out.Ilha de Luanda is where Luanda's affluent congregate for dining and entertainment.The Belas Shopping Center has a food court with a range of cuisines ranging from...

Shopping In Luanda

Please keep in mind that many crafts DO need the purchase of "stamps" in order to cross customs. This is required, therefore ensure that you inquire before to purchasing.Local crafts are really reasonably priced; visit the Benfica HandCrafts Market just south of Luanda.Doniel Tomas (Constantino), Maianga Luanda, +244924091680.  Belas Shopping. From 9 a.m....

Nightlife In Luanda

Luanda is heavily impacted by Portuguese culture; for example, Portuguese beer is commonly consumed, while Heineken and Carlsberg also make an appearance. Portugal's most popular beers include Super Bock, Sagres, and Cristal (most consumed). Additionally, a diverse selection of regional beers is available, including Nocal, Cuca (the most popular...

Festivals & Events In Luanda

As with the rest of Africa, the old Angolan civilization has a plethora of traditional Luanda celebrations that have survived intact over the decades. They are not only intriguing glimpses into the ancient civilizations that existed here, but also joyful and unforgettable experiences. Therefore, for all those brave tourists...

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