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Coordinates: 18°15′S 35°00′E / 18.250°S 35.000°E / -18.250; 35.000

Republic
Republic
of Mozambique

República de Moçambique  (Portuguese)

Flag

Emblem

Anthem: Pátria Amada  (Portuguese) "Beloved Homeland"

Location of  Mozambique  (dark blue) in the African Union  (light blue)

Capital and largest city Maputo 25°57′S 32°35′E / 25.950°S 32.583°E / -25.950; 32.583

Official languages Portuguese

Demonym Mozambican

Government Unitary dominant-party semi-presidential constitutional republic[1][2][3]

• President

Filipe Nyusi

• Prime Minister

Carlos Agostinho do Rosário[4]

Legislature Assembly of the Republic

Formation

• Portuguese East Africa

1 March 1498

• Independence from Portugal, under Communist rule

25 June 1975

• Admitted to the United Nations

16 September 1975

• Current constitution

30 November 1990

Area

• Total

801,590 km2 (309,500 sq mi) (35th)

• Water (%)

2.2

Population

• 2016 estimate

28,829,476[5] (50th)

• 2007 census

21,397,000 (52nd)

• Density

28.7/km2 (74.3/sq mi) (178th)

GDP (PPP) 2017 estimate

• Total

$37.386 billion[6]

• Per capita

$1,265[6]

GDP (nominal) 2017 estimate

• Total

$12.345 billion[6]

• Per capita

$417[6]

Gini (2008) 45.7[7] medium

HDI (2015)  0.418[8] low · 181st

Currency Mozambican metical (MZN)

Time zone CAT (UTC+2)

Drives on the left

Calling code +258

ISO 3166 code MZ

Internet TLD .mz

Website www.mozambique.co.mz

Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena and others.

Estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality and death rates, lower population and growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected.

Mozambique
Mozambique
(/moʊzæmˈbiːk/), officially the Republic
Republic
of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique, pronounced [ʁɛˈpuβlikɐ ðɨ musɐ̃ˈbikɨ]) is a country in Southeast Africa
Southeast Africa
bordered by the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
to the east, Tanzania
Tanzania
to the north, Malawi
Malawi
and Zambia
Zambia
to the northwest, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
to the west, and Swaziland
Swaziland
and South Africa
South Africa
to the southwest. It is separated from Madagascar
Madagascar
by the Mozambique Channel to the east. The capital and largest city is Maputo
Maputo
(known as "Lourenço Marques" before independence). Between the first and fifth centuries AD, Bantu-speaking peoples migrated to present-day Mozambique
Mozambique
from farther north and west. Beginning in the 11th century, Arab, Persian, and Somali merchants began establishing commercial ports along the coast, contributing to the development of a distinct Swahili culture
Swahili culture
and language. The voyage of Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
in 1498 marked the arrival of the Portuguese, who began a gradual process of colonisation and settlement in 1505. After over four centuries of Portuguese rule, Mozambique gained independence in 1975, becoming the People's Republic
Republic
of Mozambique
Mozambique
shortly thereafter. After only two years of independence, the country descended into an intense and protracted civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. In 1994, Mozambique
Mozambique
held its first multiparty elections, and has since remained a relatively stable presidential republic, although it still faces a low-intensity insurgency.[9] Mozambique
Mozambique
is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country's economy is based largely on agriculture, but industry is growing, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing and aluminium and petroleum production. The tourism sector is also expanding. South Africa
South Africa
is Mozambique's main trading partner and source of foreign direct investment, while Belgium, Brazil, Portugal and Spain
Spain
are also among the country's most important economic partners. Since 2001, Mozambique's annual average GDP growth has been among the world's highest. However, the country is still one of the poorest and most underdeveloped countries in the world,[10] ranking low in GDP per capita, human development, measures of inequality and average life expectancy.[11] The only official language of Mozambique
Mozambique
is Portuguese, which is spoken mostly as a second language by about half the population. Common native languages include Makhuwa, Sena, and Swahili. The country's population of around 29 million is composed overwhelmingly of Bantu people. The largest religion in Mozambique
Mozambique
is Christianity, with significant minorities following Islam
Islam
and African traditional religions. Mozambique
Mozambique
is a member of the United Nations, the African Union, the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organisation of the Islamic Cooperation, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries, the Non-Aligned Movement
Non-Aligned Movement
and the Southern African Development Community, and is an observer at La Francophonie.

Contents

1 Etymology 2 History

2.1 Bantu migrations 2.2 Swahili Coast 2.3 Portuguese Mozambique
Portuguese Mozambique
(1498–1975) 2.4 Mozambican War of Independence
Mozambican War of Independence
(1964–1974) 2.5 Independence (1975) 2.6 Mozambican Civil War
Mozambican Civil War
(1977–1992) 2.7 Democratic era (1993–present)

3 Geography and climate

3.1 Climate 3.2 Wildlife

4 Politics

4.1 Foreign relations 4.2 Administrative divisions 4.3 Military

5 Economy

5.1 Rebounding growth 5.2 Economic reforms 5.3 Corruption 5.4 Natural resources 5.5 Tourism 5.6 Transport 5.7 Water supply and sanitation

6 Demographics

6.1 Largest cities 6.2 Languages 6.3 Religion 6.4 Health 6.5 Education

7 Culture

7.1 Cultural identity 7.2 Arts 7.3 Cuisine 7.4 Media 7.5 Music 7.6 National holidays 7.7 Sport

8 See also 9 References 10 Bibliography 11 External links

Etymology[edit] The country was named Moçambique by the Portuguese after the Island of Mozambique, derived from Mussa Bin Bique or Musa Al Big or Mossa Al Bique or Mussa Ben Mbiki or Mussa Ibn Malik, an Arab
Arab
trader who first visited the island and later lived there.[12] The island-town was the capital of the Portuguese colony until 1898, when it was moved south to Lourenço Marques (now Maputo). History[edit] Main article: History of Mozambique

Mozambican Dhow.

Bantu migrations[edit] Further information: Bantu expansion Between the 1st and 5th centuries AD, waves of Bantu-speaking people migrated from the west and north through the Zambezi River
Zambezi River
valley and then gradually into the plateau and coastal areas. They established agricultural communities or societies based on herding cattle. They brought with them the technology for smelting and smithing iron. Swahili Coast[edit] From the late first millennium AD, vast Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
trade networks extended as far south into Mozambique
Mozambique
as the ancient port town of Chibuene.[13] Commercial settlements such as Sofala, Angoche, and others along the Mozambican Swahili Coast
Swahili Coast
became important centres for the Arab, Persian, and later Portuguese trade in slaves, gold, ivory, and other commodities. Connections are evident at sites including Manyikeni
Manyikeni
for 11–14th century ties with the inland Great Zimbabwe kingdoms. Portuguese Mozambique
Portuguese Mozambique
(1498–1975)[edit] Further information: Portuguese Mozambique

The Island of Mozambique
Island of Mozambique
is a small coral island at the mouth of Mossuril Bay on the Nacala
Nacala
coast of northern Mozambique, first explored by Europeans in the late 15th century.

From about 1500, Portuguese trading posts and forts displaced the Arabic commercial and military hegemony, becoming regular ports of call on the new European sea route to the east. The voyage of Vasco da Gama
Vasco da Gama
around the Cape of Good Hope
Cape of Good Hope
in 1498 marked the Portuguese entry into trade, politics, and society of the region. The Portuguese gained control of the Island of Mozambique
Island of Mozambique
and the port city of Sofala
Sofala
in the early 16th century, and by the 1530s, small groups of Portuguese traders and prospectors seeking gold penetrated the interior regions, where they set up garrisons and trading posts at Sena and Tete
Tete
on the River Zambezi
Zambezi
and tried to gain exclusive control over the gold trade.[14] The Portuguese attempted to legitimise and consolidate their trade and settlement positions through the creation of prazos (land grants) tied to their settlement and administration. While prazos were originally developed to be held by Portuguese, through intermarriage they became African Portuguese or African Indian centres defended by large African slave armies known as Chikunda. Historically within Mozambique
Mozambique
there was slavery. Human beings were bought and sold by African tribal chiefs, Arab
Arab
Muslim traders and Portuguese and other European traders as well. Many Mozambican slaves were supplied by tribal chiefs who raided warring tribes and sold their captives to the prazeiros.[14]

View of the Central Avenue in Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, ca. 1905;

Although Portuguese influence gradually expanded, its power was limited and exercised through individual settlers and officials who were granted extensive autonomy. The Portuguese were able to wrest much of the coastal trade from Arab
Arab
Muslims between 1500 and 1700, but, with the Arab
Arab
Muslim seizure of Portugal's key foothold at Fort Jesus on Mombasa Island
Mombasa Island
(now in Kenya) in 1698, the pendulum began to swing in the other direction. As a result, investment lagged while Lisbon
Lisbon
devoted itself to the more lucrative trade with India
India
and the Far East and to the colonisation of Brazil. During these wars, the Mazrui and Omani Arabs reclaimed much of the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
trade, forcing the Portuguese to retreat south. Many prazos had declined by the mid-19th century, but several of them survived. During the 19th century other European powers, particularly the British (British South Africa
South Africa
Company) and the French (Madagascar), became increasingly involved in the trade and politics of the region around the Portuguese East African territories.[citation needed]

Portuguese language
Portuguese language
printing and typesetting class, 1930

By the early 20th century the Portuguese had shifted the administration of much of Mozambique
Mozambique
to large private companies, like the Mozambique
Mozambique
Company, the Zambezia Company and the Niassa
Niassa
Company, controlled and financed mostly by the British, which established railroad lines to their neighbouring colonies ( South Africa
South Africa
and Rhodesia). Although slavery had been legally abolished in Mozambique, at the end of the 19th century the Chartered companies enacted a forced labour policy and supplied cheap—often forced—African labour to the mines and plantations of the nearby British colonies and South Africa. The Zambezia Company, the most profitable chartered company, took over a number of smaller prazeiro holdings, and established military outposts to protect its property. The chartered companies built roads and ports to bring their goods to market including a railroad linking present day Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
with the Mozambican port of Beira.[15][16] Due to their unsatisfactory performance and the shift, under the corporatist Estado Novo regime of Oliveira Salazar, towards a stronger Portuguese control of Portuguese Empire's economy, the companies' concessions were not renewed when they ran out. This was what happened in 1942 with the Mozambique
Mozambique
Company, which however continued to operate in the agricultural and commercial sectors as a corporation, and had already happened in 1929 with the termination of the Niassa Company's concession. In 1951, the Portuguese overseas colonies in Africa
Africa
were rebranded as Overseas Provinces of Portugal.[15][16][17] Mozambican War of Independence
Mozambican War of Independence
(1964–1974)[edit]

Portuguese troops during the Portuguese Colonial War, some loading FN FAL and G3.

Main article: Mozambican War of Independence As communist and anti-colonial ideologies spread out across Africa, many clandestine political movements were established in support of Mozambican independence. These movements claimed that since policies and development plans were primarily designed by the ruling authorities for the benefit of Mozambique's Portuguese population, little attention was paid to Mozambique's tribal integration and the development of its native communities.[18] According to the official guerrilla statements, this affected a majority of the indigenous population who suffered both state-sponsored discrimination and enormous social pressure. Many felt they had received too little opportunity or resources to upgrade their skills and improve their economic and social situation to a degree comparable to that of the Europeans. Statistically, Mozambique's Portuguese whites were indeed wealthier and more skilled than the black indigenous majority. As a response to the guerrilla movement, the Portuguese government from the 1960s and principally the early 1970s, initiated gradual changes with new socioeconomic developments and egalitarian policies for all.[citation needed] The Front for the Liberation of Mozambique
Mozambique
(FRELIMO) initiated a guerrilla campaign against Portuguese rule in September 1964. This conflict—along with the two others already initiated in the other Portuguese colonies of Angola
Angola
and Portuguese Guinea—became part of the so-called Portuguese Colonial War
Portuguese Colonial War
(1961–1974). From a military standpoint, the Portuguese regular army maintained control of the population centres while the guerrilla forces sought to undermine their influence in rural and tribal areas in the north and west. As part of their response to FRELIMO, the Portuguese government began to pay more attention to creating favourable conditions for social development and economic growth.[19] Independence (1975)[edit] FRELIMO
FRELIMO
took control of the territory after 10 years of sporadic warfare, as well as Portugal's own return to democracy after the fall of the authoritarian Estado Novo regime the Carnation Revolution
Carnation Revolution
of April 1974, and the failed coup of 25 November 1975. Within a year, most of the 250,000 Portuguese in Mozambique
Mozambique
had left—some expelled by the government of the nearly independent territory, some fleeing in fear—and Mozambique
Mozambique
became independent from Portugal
Portugal
on 25 June 1975. A law had been passed on the initiative of the relatively unknown Armando Guebuza
Armando Guebuza
of the FRELIMO
FRELIMO
party, ordering the Portuguese to leave the country in 24 hours with only 20 kilograms (44 pounds) of luggage. Unable to salvage any of their assets, most of them returned to Portugal
Portugal
penniless.[20] Mozambican Civil War
Mozambican Civil War
(1977–1992)[edit] Main article: Mozambican Civil War

A land mine victim in Mozambique

The new government under president Samora Machel
Samora Machel
established a one-party state based on Marxist principles. It received diplomatic and some military support from Cuba
Cuba
and the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and proceeded to crack down on opposition.[21] Starting shortly after the independence, the country was plagued from 1977 to 1992 by a long and violent civil war between the opposition forces of anti-Communist Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) rebel militias and the FRELIMO regime. This conflict characterised the first decades of Mozambican independence, combined with sabotage from the neighbouring states of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and South Africa, ineffective policies, failed central planning, and the resulting economic collapse. This period was also marked by the exodus of Portuguese nationals and Mozambicans of Portuguese heritage,[22] a collapsed infrastructure, lack of investment in productive assets, and government nationalisation of privately owned industries, as well as widespread famine. During most of the civil war, the FRELIMO-formed central government was unable to exercise effective control outside of urban areas, many of which were cut off from the capital. RENAMO-controlled areas included up to 50% of the rural areas in several provinces, and it is reported that health services of any kind were isolated from assistance for years in those areas. The problem worsened when the government cut back spending on health care.[23] The war was marked by mass human rights violations from both sides of the conflict, with RENAMO
RENAMO
contributing to the chaos through the use of terror and indiscriminate targeting of civilians.[24][25] The central government executed tens of thousands of people while trying to extend its control throughout the country and sent many people to "re-education camps" where thousands died.[24] During the war, RENAMO
RENAMO
proposed a peace agreement based on the secession of RENAMO-controlled northern and western territories as the independent Republic
Republic
of Rombesia, but FRELIMO
FRELIMO
refused, insisting on the undivided sovereignty of the entire country. An estimated one million Mozambicans perished during the civil war, 1.7 million took refuge in neighbouring states, and several million more were internally displaced.[26] The FRELIMO
FRELIMO
regime also gave shelter and support to South African (African National Congress) and Zimbabwean ( Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
African National Union) rebel movements, while the governments of Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and later South Africa
South Africa
(at that time still apartheid) backed RENAMO
RENAMO
in the civil war. On 19 October 1986, Samora Machel
Samora Machel
was on his way back from an international meeting in Zambia
Zambia
in the presidential Tupolev Tu-134 aircraft when the plane crashed in the Lebombo Mountains
Lebombo Mountains
near Mbuzini. There were ten survivors, but President Machel and thirty-three others died, including ministers and officials of the Mozambique
Mozambique
government. The United Nations' Soviet delegation issued a minority report contending that their expertise and experience had been undermined by the South Africans. Representatives of the Soviet Union
Soviet Union
advanced the theory that the plane had been intentionally diverted by a false navigational beacon signal, using a technology provided by military intelligence operatives of the South African government.[27] Machel's successor Joaquim Chissano
Joaquim Chissano
implemented sweeping changes in the country, starting reforms such as changing from Marxism
Marxism
to capitalism, and began peace talks with RENAMO. The new constitution enacted in 1990 provided for a multi-party political system, market-based economy, and free elections. The civil war ended in October 1992 with the Rome General Peace Accords, first brokered by the Christian Council of Mozambique
Mozambique
(Council of Protestant
Protestant
Churches) and then taken over by Community of Sant'Egidio. Peace returned to Mozambique, under supervision of the ONUMOZ
ONUMOZ
peacekeeping force of the United Nations.[28] By 1993, more than 1.5 million Mozambican refugees had returned who had sought asylum in neighbouring Malawi, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Zambia, Tanzania, and South Africa
South Africa
as a result of war and drought, as part of the largest repatriation witnessed in sub-Saharan Africa.[29] Democratic era (1993–present)[edit]

A US helicopter flying over flooded Limpopo River during the 2000 Mozambique
Mozambique
flood.

Mozambique
Mozambique
held elections in 1994, which were accepted by most political parties as free and fair although still contested by many nationals and observers alike. FRELIMO
FRELIMO
won, under Joaquim Chissano, while RENAMO, led by Afonso Dhlakama, ran as the official opposition. In 1995, Mozambique
Mozambique
joined the Commonwealth of Nations, becoming, at the time, the only member nation that had never been part of the British Empire. By mid-1995, over 1.7 million refugees who had sought asylum in neighbouring countries had returned to Mozambique, part of the largest repatriation witnessed in sub-Saharan Africa. An additional four million internally displaced persons had returned to their homes. In December 1999, Mozambique
Mozambique
held elections for a second time since the civil war, which were again won by FRELIMO. RENAMO
RENAMO
accused FRELIMO of fraud, and threatened to return to civil war, but backed down after taking the matter to the Supreme Court and losing. In early 2000, a cyclone caused widespread flooding in the country, killing hundreds and devastating the already precarious infrastructure. There were widespread suspicions that foreign aid resources have been diverted by powerful leaders of FRELIMO. Carlos Cardoso, a journalist investigating these allegations, was murdered, and his death was never satisfactorily explained. Indicating in 2001 that he would not run for a third term, Chissano criticised leaders who stayed on longer than he had, which was generally seen as a reference to Zambian president Frederick Chiluba, who at the time was considering a third term, and Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe, then in his fourth term. Presidential and National Assembly elections took place on 1–2 December 2004. FRELIMO candidate Armando Guebuza
Armando Guebuza
won with 64% of the popular vote, while his opponent, Afonso Dhlakama
Afonso Dhlakama
of RENAMO, received 32% of the popular vote. FRELIMO
FRELIMO
won 160 seats in Parliament, with a coalition of RENAMO
RENAMO
and several small parties winning the 90 remaining seats. Guebuza was inaugurated as the President of Mozambique
Mozambique
on 2 February 2005, and served two five-year terms. His successor, Filipe Nyusi, became the 4th President of Mozambique
Mozambique
on 15 January 2015. Since 2013, an insurgency by RENAMO
RENAMO
has been occurring, mainly in the country's central and northern regions. On 5 September 2014, former president Guebuza and the leader of RENAMO
RENAMO
Dhlakama signed the Accord on Cessation of Hostilities, which brought the military hostilities to a halt and allowed both parties to concentrate on the general elections to be held in October 2014. However, after the general elections, a new political crisis emerged and the country appears to be once again on the brink of violent conflict. RENAMO
RENAMO
does not recognise the validity of the election results, and demands the control of six provinces – Nampula, Niassa, Tete, Zambezia, Sofala, and Manica – where they claim to have won a majority.[9] About 12,000 refugees are now in neighbouring Malawi.[30] The UNHCR, Doctors Without Borders, and Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch
have reported that government forces have torched villages and carried out summary executions and sexual abuses.[31] Geography and climate[edit] Main article: Geography of Mozambique

Satellite image

At 309,475 sq mi (801,537 km2), Mozambique
Mozambique
is the world's 36th-largest country. It is comparable in size to Turkey. Mozambique
Mozambique
is located on the southeast coast of Africa. It is bound by Swaziland
Swaziland
to the south, South Africa
South Africa
to the southwest, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
to the west, Zambia
Zambia
and Malawi
Malawi
to the northwest, Tanzania
Tanzania
to the north and the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
to the east. Mozambique
Mozambique
lies between latitudes 10° and 27°S, and longitudes 30° and 41°E. The country is divided into two topographical regions by the Zambezi River. To the north of the Zambezi
Zambezi
River, the narrow coastal strip gives way to inland hills and low plateaus. Rugged highlands are further west; they include the Niassa
Niassa
highlands, Namuli
Namuli
or Shire highlands, Angonia highlands, Tete
Tete
highlands and the Makonde plateau, covered with miombo woodlands. To the south of the Zambezi
Zambezi
River, the lowlands are broader with the Mashonaland plateau and Lebombo Mountains located in the deep south. The country is drained by five principal rivers and several smaller ones with the largest and most important the Zambezi. The country has four notable lakes: Lake Niassa
Niassa
(or Malawi), Lake Chiuta, Lake Cahora Bassa and Lake Shirwa, all in the north. The major cities are Maputo, Beira, Nampula, Tete, Quelimane, Chimoio, Pemba, Inhambane, Xai-Xai and Lichinga.

Geography of Mozambique

Lebombo Mountains.

Gorongosa National Park.

Island of Mozambique.

Ponta do Ouro.

Monte Binga

Climate[edit]

Mozambique
Mozambique
map of Köppen climate classification.

Main article: Climate of Mozambique Mozambique
Mozambique
has a tropical climate with two seasons, a wet season from October to March and a dry season from April to September. Climatic conditions, however, vary depending on altitude. Rainfall is heavy along the coast and decreases in the north and south. Annual precipitation varies from 500 to 900 mm (19.7 to 35.4 in) depending on the region, with an average of 590 mm (23.2 in). Cyclones are common during the wet season. Average temperature ranges in Maputo
Maputo
are from 13 to 24 °C (55.4 to 75.2 °F) in July to 22 to 31 °C (71.6 to 87.8 °F) in February. Wildlife[edit] Main article: Wildlife of Mozambique See also: Category:Flora of Mozambique, List of marine molluscs of Mozambique, and List of non-marine molluscs of Mozambique There are known to be 740 bird species in Mozambique, including 20 globally threatened species and two introduced species, and over 200 mammal species endemic to Mozambique, including the critically endangered Selous' zebra, Vincent's bush squirrel
Vincent's bush squirrel
and 13 other endangered or vulnerable species. Protected areas of Mozambique include thirteen forest reserves, seven national parks, six nature reserves, three frontier conservation areas and three wildlife or game reserves. Politics[edit] Main article: Politics of Mozambique

Incumbent President Filipe Nyusi.

Maputo
Maputo
City Hall

Mozambique
Mozambique
is a multi-party democracy under the 1990 constitution. The executive branch comprises a President, Prime Minister, and Council of Ministers. There is a National Assembly and municipal assemblies. The judiciary comprises a Supreme Court and provincial, district, and municipal courts. Suffrage
Suffrage
is universal at eighteen. In the 1994 elections, Joaquim Chissano
Joaquim Chissano
was elected President with 53% of the vote, and a 250-member National Assembly was voted in with 129 Liberation Front of Mozambique
Mozambique
(FRELIMO) deputies, 112 Mozambican National Resistance (RENAMO) deputies, and nine representatives of three smaller parties that formed the Democratic Union (UD). Since its formation in 1994, the National Assembly has made progress in becoming a body increasingly more independent of the executive. By 1999, more than one-half (53%) of the legislation passed originated in the Assembly. After some delays, in 1998 the country held its first local elections to provide for local representation and some budgetary authority at the municipal level. The principal opposition party, RENAMO, boycotted the local elections, citing flaws in the registration process. Independent slates contested the elections and won seats in municipal assemblies. Turnout was very low. In the aftermath of the 1998 local elections, the government resolved to make more accommodations to the opposition's procedural concerns for the second round of multiparty national elections in 1999. Working through the National Assembly, the electoral law was rewritten and passed by consensus in December 1998. Financed largely by international donors, a very successful voter registration was conducted from July to September 1999, providing voter registration cards to 85% of the potential electorate (more than seven million voters). The second general elections were held 3–5 December 1999, with high voter turnout. International and domestic observers agreed that the voting process was well organised and went smoothly. Both the opposition and observers subsequently cited flaws in the tabulation process that, had they not occurred, might have changed the outcome. In the end, however, international and domestic observers concluded that the close result of the vote reflected the will of the people. President Chissano won the presidency with a margin of 4% over the RENAMO-Electoral Union coalition candidate, Afonso Dhlakama, and began his five-year term in January 2000. FRELIMO
FRELIMO
increased its majority in the National Assembly with 133 out of 250 seats. RENAMO-UE coalition won 116 seats, one went independent, and no third parties are represented. The opposition coalition did not accept the National Election Commission's results of the presidential vote and filed a formal complaint to the Supreme Court. One month after the voting, the court dismissed the opposition's challenge and validated the election results. The opposition did not file a complaint about the results of the legislative vote. The second local elections, involving thirty-three municipalities with some 2.4 million registered voters, took place in November 2003. This was the first time that FRELIMO, RENAMO-UE, and independent parties competed without significant boycotts. The 24% turnout was well above the 15% turnout in the first municipal elections. FRELIMO won twenty-eight mayoral positions and the majority in twenty-nine municipal assemblies, while RENAMO
RENAMO
won five mayoral positions and the majority in four municipal assemblies. The voting was conducted in an orderly fashion without violent incidents. However, the period immediately after the elections was marked by objections about voter and candidate registration and vote tabulation, as well as calls for greater transparency. In May 2009, the government approved a new general elections law that contained innovations based on the experience of the 2003 municipal elections. Presidential and National Assembly elections took place on 1–2 December 2004. FRELIMO
FRELIMO
candidate Armando Guebuza
Armando Guebuza
won with 64% of the popular vote. His opponent, Afonso Dhlakama
Afonso Dhlakama
of RENAMO, received 32% of the popular vote. FRELIMO
FRELIMO
won 160 seats in Parliament. A coalition of RENAMO
RENAMO
and several small parties won the 90 remaining seats. Armando Guebuza
Armando Guebuza
was inaugurated as the President of Mozambique on 2 February 2005. RENAMO
RENAMO
and some other opposition parties made claims of election fraud and denounced the result. These claims were supported by international observers (among others by the European Union Election Observation Mission to Mozambique
Mozambique
and the Carter Centre) to the elections who criticised the fact that the National Electoral Commission (CNE) did not conduct fair and transparent elections. They listed a whole range of shortcomings by the electoral authorities that benefited the ruling party FRELIMO. According to EU observers, the elections shortcomings have probably not affected the final result in the presidential election. On the other hand, the observers have declared that the outcome of the parliamentary election and thus the distribution of seats in the National Assembly does not reflect the will of the Mozambican people and is clearly to the disadvantage of RENAMO. After clashes between RENAMO
RENAMO
guards and the police in Muxungue and Gondola in April 2013, RENAMO
RENAMO
said it would boycott and disrupt local elections in November 2013. Since the end of the civil war in 1992, about 300 RENAMO
RENAMO
guards had remained armed and refused to join the national army or the police force.[32] Foreign relations[edit] Main article: Foreign relations of Mozambique

Mozambique's embassy in Washington, D.C.

While allegiances dating back to the liberation struggle remain relevant, Mozambique's foreign policy has become increasingly pragmatic. The twin pillars of Mozambique's foreign policy are maintenance of good relations with its neighbours[33] and maintenance and expansion of ties to development partners. During the 1970s and the early 1980s, Mozambique's foreign policy was inextricably linked to the struggles for majority rule in Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and South Africa
South Africa
as well as superpower competition and the Cold War.[34] Mozambique's decision to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia
Rhodesia
and deny that country access to the sea led Ian Smith's government to undertake overt and covert actions to oppose the country. Although the change of government in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
in 1980 removed this threat, the government of South Africa
South Africa
continued to back RENAMO
RENAMO
in its war with the FRELIMO
FRELIMO
government. Mozambique
Mozambique
also belonged to the Front Line States.[citation needed] The 1984 Nkomati Accord, while failing in its goal of ending South African support to RENAMO, opened initial diplomatic contacts between the Mozambican and South African governments. This process gained momentum with South Africa's elimination of apartheid, which culminated in the establishment of full diplomatic relations in October 1993. While relations with neighbouring Zimbabwe, Malawi, Zambia
Zambia
and Tanzania
Tanzania
show occasional strains, Mozambique's ties to these countries remain strong. In the years immediately following its independence, Mozambique benefited from considerable assistance from some Western countries, notably the Scandinavians. The Soviet Union
Soviet Union
and its allies became Mozambique's primary economic, military and political supporters, and its foreign policy reflected this linkage. This began to change in 1983; in 1984 Mozambique
Mozambique
joined the World Bank
World Bank
and International Monetary Fund. Western aid by the Scandinavian countries of Sweden, Norway, Denmark
Denmark
and Iceland
Iceland
quickly replaced Soviet support. Finland[35] and the Netherlands
Netherlands
are becoming increasingly important sources of development assistance. Italy
Italy
also maintains a profile in Mozambique
Mozambique
as a result of its key role during the peace process. Relations with Portugal, the former colonial power, continue to be important because Portuguese investors play a visible role in Mozambique's economy. Mozambique
Mozambique
is a member of the Non-Aligned Movement
Non-Aligned Movement
and ranks among the moderate members of the African bloc in the United Nations
United Nations
and other international organisations. Mozambique
Mozambique
also belongs to the African Union (formerly the Organisation of African Unity) and the Southern African Development Community. In 1994, the government became a full member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, in part to broaden its base of international support but also to please the country's sizeable Muslim population. Similarly, in early 1996 Mozambique
Mozambique
joined its Anglophone
Anglophone
neighbours in the Commonwealth of Nations. At the time it was the only nation to have joined the Commonwealth that was never part of the British Empire. In the same year, Mozambique
Mozambique
became a founding member and the first President of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries
Community of Portuguese Language Countries
(CPLP), and maintains close ties with other Portuguese-speaking countries. Administrative divisions[edit] Main articles: Provinces of Mozambique, Districts of Mozambique, and Postos of Mozambique

A panoramic view of Maputo, the capital of Mozambique
Mozambique
and the largest city in the country. Maputo
Maputo
city is separate from the Maputo
Maputo
Province.

Mozambique
Mozambique
is divided into ten provinces (provincias) and one capital city (cidade capital) with provincial status. The provinces are subdivided into 129 districts (distritos). The districts are further divided in 405 "Postos Administrativos" (Administrative Posts) and then into Localidades (Localities), the lowest geographical level of the central state administration. Since 1998, 53 "Municípios" (Municipalities) have been created in Mozambique.

Niassa Cabo Delgado Nampula Tete Zambezia Manica Sofala Gaza Inhambane Maputo
Maputo
(city) Maputo

The districts of Mozambique
Mozambique
are divided into 405 postos. Postos administrativos (administrative posts) are the main subdivisions of districts. This name, in use during colonial times, was abolished after independence[36] and was replaced by localidades (localities). However, it was re-established in 1986.[37] Administrative posts are headed by a Secretários (secretaries), which before independence were called Chefes de Posto (post chiefs). Administrative posts can be further subdivided into localities, also headed by secretaries. Military[edit] Mozambique
Mozambique
operates a small, functioning military that handles all aspects of domestic national defence, the Mozambique
Mozambique
Defence Armed Forces. Economy[edit] Main article: Economy of Mozambique

A proportional representation of Mozambique's exports

The official currency is the New Metical (as of March 2018, 1 USD is roughly equivalent to 62 New Meticals), which replaced old Meticals at the rate of a thousand to one. The old currency was redeemable at the Bank of Mozambique until the end of 2012. The US$, South African rand, and recently the euro are also widely accepted and used in business transactions. The minimum legal salary is around US$60 per month. Mozambique
Mozambique
is a member of the Southern African Development Community (SADC). The SADC free trade protocol is aimed at making the Southern African region more competitive by eliminating tariffs and other trade barriers. The World Bank
World Bank
in 2007 talked of Mozambique's 'blistering pace of economic growth'. A joint donor-government study in early 2007 said ' Mozambique
Mozambique
is generally considered an aid success story.' The IMF
IMF
in early 2007 said ' Mozambique
Mozambique
is a success story in Sub-Saharan Africa.' Yet, despite this apparent success, both the World Bank
World Bank
and UNICEF
UNICEF
used the word 'paradox' to describe rising chronic child malnutrition in the face of GDP growth. Between 1994 and 2006, average annual GDP growth was approximately 8%, however, the country remains one of the poorest and most underdeveloped in the world. In a 2006 survey, three-quarters of Mozambicans said that in the past five years their economic position had remained the same or become worse.[38] Rebounding growth[edit]

Traditional sailboat in Ilha de Moçambique

Maputo, the capital, is the richest city of Mozambique.

The resettlement of civil war refugees and successful economic reform have led to a high growth rate: the country enjoyed a remarkable recovery, achieving an average annual rate of economic growth of 8% between 1996 and 2006[39] and between 6–7% from 2006 to 2011.[40] The devastating floods of early 2000 slowed GDP growth to 2.1% but a full recovery was achieved in 2001 with growth of 14.8%.[citation needed]. Rapid expansion in the future hinged on several major foreign investment projects, continued economic reform, and the revival of the agriculture, transportation, and tourism sectors. In 2013 about 80% of the population was employed in agriculture, the majority of whom were engaged in small-scale subsistence farming[41] which still suffered from inadequate infrastructure, commercial networks, and investment. However, in 2012, more than 90% of Mozambique's arable land was still uncultivated. In 2013, a BBC article reported that, starting in 2009, Portuguese had been returning to Mozambique
Mozambique
because of the growing economy in Mozambique
Mozambique
and the poor economic situation in Portugal.[42] Economic reforms[edit] More than 1,200 state-owned enterprises (mostly small) have been privatised. Preparations for privatisation and/or sector liberalisation are underway for the remaining parastatal enterprises, including telecommunications, energy, ports, and railways. The government frequently selects a strategic foreign investor when privatising a parastatal. Additionally, customs duties have been reduced, and customs management has been streamlined and reformed. The government introduced a value-added tax in 1999 as part of its efforts to increase domestic revenues. Plans for 2003–04 include Commercial Code reform; comprehensive judicial reform; financial sector strengthening; continued civil service reform; and improved government budget, audit, and inspection capability. Further political instability resulting from the floods left thousands homeless, displaced within their own country.[citation needed] Corruption[edit] Mozambique's economy has been shaken by a number of corruption scandals. In July 2011, the government proposed new anti-corruption laws to criminalise embezzlement, influence peddling and graft, following numerous instances of the theft of public money. This has been endorsed by the country's Council of Ministers. Mozambique
Mozambique
has convicted two former ministers for graft in the past two years.[43] Mozambique
Mozambique
was ranked 116 of 178 countries in anti-graft watchdog Transparency International's latest index of global corruption. According to a USAID report written in 2005, "the scale and scope of corruption in Mozambique
Mozambique
are cause for alarm."[44] In March 2012, the government of the southern Mozambican province of Inhambane
Inhambane
uncovered the misappropriation of public funds by the director of the Provincial Anti-Drugs Office, Calisto Alberto Tomo. He was found to have colluded with the accountant in the Anti-Drugs Office, Recalda Guambe, to steal over 260,000 meticais between 2008 and 2010.[45] The government of Mozambique
Mozambique
has taken steps to address the problem of corruption, and some positive developments can be observed, such as the passages of several new anti-corruption bills in 2012.[46] Natural resources[edit] Main article: Mineral industry of Mozambique In 2012, large natural gas reserves were discovered in Mozambique, revenues which have the potential to dramatically change the economy.[47] Tourism[edit]

European tourists on the beach, in Inhambane, Mozambique

Main article: Tourism in Mozambique Mozambique
Mozambique
attracts tourists. The country's natural beauty, wildlife, and historic heritage provide opportunities for beach, cultural, and eco-tourism. Mozambique
Mozambique
has a great potential for growth in its gross domestic product (GDP), although its current contribution is only 5.6%. The beaches with clean water are suitable for tourism, especially those that are very far from urban centers, such as those in the province of Cabo Delgado, especially the Quirimbas Islands, and the province of Inhambane, especially the Archipelago of Bazaruto. The country also has several national parks, most notably Gorongosa National Park, with its infrastructures rehabilitated and repopulated in certain species of animals that were already disappearing.[citation needed] Transport[edit] Main article: Transport
Transport
in Mozambique

Steam locomotive at Inhambane, 2009.

National Mozambican airline, LAM Mozambique

Modes of transport in Mozambique
Mozambique
include rail, road, water, and air. There are rail links serving principal cities and connecting the country with Malawi, Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
and South Africa. There are over 30,000 km of roads, but much of the network is unpaved. On the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
coast are several large seaports, including Nacala, Beira and Maputo, with further ports being developed. There are 3,750 km of navigable inland waterways. There is an international airport at Maputo, 21 other paved airports, and over 100 with unpaved runways. The Mozambican railway system developed over more than a century from three different ports on the Indian Ocean
Indian Ocean
that serve as terminals for separate lines to the hinterland. The railroads were major targets during the Mozambican Civil War, were sabotaged by RENAMO, and are being rehabilitated. A parastatal authority, Portos e Caminhos de Ferro de Moçambique (abbreviated CFM; in English Mozambique
Mozambique
Ports and Railways), oversees the railway system of Mozambique
Mozambique
and its connected ports, but management has been largely outsourced. Each line has its own development corridor. As of 2005[update] there are 3,123 km of railway track, consisting of 2,983 km of 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge, compatible with neighboring rail systems, and a 140 km line of 762 mm (2 ft 6 in) gauge, the Gaza Railway.[48] The central Beira Railroad Corporation
Beira Railroad Corporation
route links the port of Beira to the landlocked countries of Malawi, Zambia
Zambia
and Zimbabwe. To the north of this the port of Nacala
Nacala
is also linked by rail to Malawi, and to the south Maputo
Maputo
is linked to Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
and South Africa. These networks interconnect only via neighbouring countries. A new route for coal haulage between Tete
Tete
and Beira was planned to come into service by 2010,[49] and in August 2010, Mozambique
Mozambique
and Botswana
Botswana
signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a 1,100 km railway through Zimbabwe, to carry coal from Serule
Serule
in Botswana
Botswana
to a deepwater port at Techobanine Point in Mozambique.[50] Newer rolling stock has been supplied by the Indian Golden Rock workshop[51] using Centre Buffer Couplers (AAR)[52] and air brakes. Water supply and sanitation[edit] Main article: Water supply and sanitation in Mozambique

Woman fetching water during the dry season from a polluted source in Machaze District of the Central Manica Province.

Water supply and sanitation in Mozambique
Water supply and sanitation in Mozambique
is characterised by low levels of access to an improved water source (estimated to be 51% in 2011), low levels of access to adequate sanitation (estimated to be 25% in 2011) and mostly poor service quality. In 2007 the government has defined a strategy for water supply and sanitation in rural areas, where 62% of the population lives. In urban areas, water is supplied by informal small-scale providers and by formal providers. Beginning in 1998, Mozambique
Mozambique
has reformed the formal part of the urban water supply sector through the creation of an independent regulatory agency called CRA, an asset-holding company called FIPAG and a Public-private partnership (PPP) with a company called Aguas de Moçambique. The PPP covered those areas of the capital and of four other cities that had access to formal water supply systems. However, the PPP ended when the management contracts for four cities expired in 2008 and when the foreign partner of the company that serves the capital under a lease contract withdrew in 2010, claiming heavy losses. While urban water supply has received considerable policy attention, the government has no strategy for urban sanitation yet. External donors finance about 87.4% of all public investments in the sector. The main donors in the water sector are the World Bank, the African Development Bank, Canada, the Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.[citation needed] Demographics[edit] Main article: Demographics of Mozambique The north-central provinces of Zambezia and Nampula
Nampula
are the most populous, with about 45% of the population. The estimated four million Macua are the dominant group in the northern part of the country; the Sena and Shona (mostly Ndau) are prominent in the Zambezi
Zambezi
valley, and the Shangaan or Tsonga dominate in southern Mozambique. Other groups include Makonde, Yao, Swahili, Tonga, Chopi, and Nguni (including Zulu). Bantu people comprise 97.8% of the population, with the rest made up of White Africans
White Africans
(largely of Portuguese ancestry), Euro-Africans (mestiço people of mixed Bantu and Portuguese heritage), and Indians.[11] Roughly 45,000 people of Indian descent reside in Mozambique.[53] During Portuguese colonial rule, a large minority of people of Portuguese descent lived permanently in almost all areas of the country,[54] and Mozambicans with Portuguese blood at the time of independence numbered about 360,000. Many of these left the country after independence from Portugal
Portugal
in 1975. There are various estimates for the size of Mozambique's Chinese community, ranging from 7,000 to 12,000 as of 2007[update].[55][56] According to a 2011 survey, the total fertility rate was 5.9 children per woman, with 6.6 in rural areas and 4.5 in urban areas.[57] Largest cities[edit]

 

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Largest cities or towns in Mozambique (According to 2007 census)

Rank Name Province Pop. Rank Name Province Pop.

Maputo

Matola 1 Maputo Maputo 1,178,116 11 Gurué Zambézia 125,042

Beira

Nampula

2 Matola Maputo 671,556 12 Maxixe Inhambane 119,868

3 Beira Sofala 431,583 13 Lichinga Niassa 109,839

4 Nampula Nampula 388,526 14 Pemba Cabo Delgado 108,737

5 Chimoio Manica 256,992 15 Angoche Nampula 93,777

6 Nacala Nampula 224,553 16 Dondo Sofala 78,648

7 Quelimane Zambézia 188,964 17 Cuamba Niassa 73,268

8 Mocuba Zambézia 136,393 18 Montepuez Cabo Delgado 72,279

9 Tete Tete 129,316 19 Chókwè Gaza 63,695

10 Xai-Xai Gaza 127,366 20 Chibuto Gaza 59,165

Languages[edit] Main article: Languages of Mozambique

Language most spoken at home, 2007[58]

Emakhuwa 4,153,811 25.42%

Portuguese 2,088,798 12.78%

Xichangana 1,710,801 10.47%

Elomwe 1,132,755 6.93%

Cisena 1,171,673 7.17%

Echuwabo 733,926 4.49%

Other Mozambican language 4,718,907 28.87%

Other foreign language 30,969 0.19%

None 5,118 0.03%

Unknown 596,735 3.65%

Total 16,343,493 100.00%

Ethnic map of Mozambique.

Portuguese is the official and most widely spoken language of the nation, spoken by 50.3% of the population.[59] Most Mozambicans living in the cities speak Portuguese as their first language. The Bantu-group languages of Mozambique
Mozambique
that are indigenous to the country vary greatly in their groupings and in some cases are rather poorly appreciated and documented.[60] Apart from its lingua franca uses in the north of the country, Swahili is spoken in a small area of the coast next to the Tanzanian border; south of this, towards Moçambique Island, Kimwani, regarded as a dialect of Swahili, is used. Immediately inland of the Swahili area, Makonde is used, separated farther inland by a small strip of Makhuwa-speaking territory from an area where Yao or ChiYao is used. Makonde and Yao belong to a different group, Yao[61] being very close to the Mwera language of the Rondo Plateau area in Tanzania.[62] Prepositions appear in these languages as locative prefixes prefixed to the noun and declined according to their own noun-class. Some Nyanja is used at the coast of Lake Malawi, as well as on the other side of the Lake.[63][64] Somewhat different from all of these are the languages of the eMakhuwa group, with a loss of initial k-, which means that many nouns begin with a vowel: for example, epula = "rain".[60] There is e Makhuwa
Makhuwa
proper, with the related eLomwe and eChuwabo, with a small eKoti-speaking area at the coast. In an area straddling the lower Zambezi, Sena, which belongs to the same group as Nyanja, is spoken, with areas speaking the related CiNyungwe and CiSenga further upriver. A large Shona-speaking area extends between the Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
border and the sea: this was formerly known the Ndau variety[65] but now uses the orthography of the Standard Shona of Zimbabwe. Apparently similar to Shona, but lacking the tone patterns of the Shona language, and regarded by its speakers as quite separate, is CiBalke, also called Rue or Barwe, used in a small country near the Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe
border. South of this area are languages of the Shangaan group, which are quite different again. Xi Tswa or Tswa occurs at the coast and inland, XiTsonga or Tsonga straddles the area around the Limpopo River, including such local dialects as XiChangana. This language area extends into neighbouring South Africa. Still related to these, but distinct, are Gi Tonga
Tonga
and CiCopi or Chopi, spoken north of the mouth of the Limpopo, and Xi Ronga or Ronga, spoken in the immediate region around Maputo. The languages in this group are, judging by the short vocabularies,[60] very vaguely similar to Zulu, but obviously not in the same immediate group. There are small Swazi- and Zulu-speaking areas in Mozambique
Mozambique
immediately next to the Swaziland
Swaziland
and KwaZulu-Natal borders. Arabs, Chinese, and Indians primarily speak Portuguese and some Hindi. Indians from Portuguese India
India
speak any of the Portuguese Creoles of their origin aside from Portuguese as their second language. Religion[edit] Main article: Religion in Mozambique

Beira Cathedral

A mosque in downtown Maputo

The 2007 census found that Christians made up 56.1% of Mozambique's population and Muslims comprised 17.9% of the population. 7.3% of the people held other beliefs, mainly animism, and 18.7% had no religious beliefs.[11][66] The Roman Catholic Church has established twelve dioceses (Beira, Chimoio, Gurué, Inhambane, Lichinga, Maputo, Nacala, Nampula, Pemba, Quelimane, Tete,[67] and Xai-Xai; archdioceses are Beira, Maputo
Maputo
and Nampula). Statistics for the dioceses range from a low 5.8% Catholics in the population in the diocese of Chimoio, to 32.50% in Quelimane diocese (Anuario catolico de Mocambique 2007). The work of Methodism in Mozambique
Mozambique
started in 1890. The Rev. Dr. Erwin Richards began a Methodist mission at Chicuque in Inhambane Province. A Igreja Metodista Unida em Moçambique (the UMC in Mozambique) observed the 100th anniversary of Methodist presence in Mozambique
Mozambique
in 1990. Then- Mozambique
Mozambique
President Chissano praised the work and role of the UMC to more than 10,000 people who attended the ceremony. The United Methodist Church has tripled in size in Mozambique
Mozambique
since 1998. There are now more than 150,000 members in more than 180 congregations of the 24 districts. New pastors are ordained each year. New churches are chartered each year in each Annual Conference (North and South).[68] The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
(LDS Church) has established a growing presence in Mozambique. It first began sending missionaries to Mozambique
Mozambique
in 1999, and, as of April 2015, has more than 7,943 members.[69] The Bahá'í Faith
Bahá'í Faith
has been present in Mozambique
Mozambique
since the early 1950s but did not openly identify itself in those years because of the strong influence of the Catholic Church which did not recognise it officially as a world religion. The independence in 1975 saw the entrance of new pioneers. In total there are about 3,000 declared Baha'is in Mozambique
Mozambique
as of 2010[update]. The Administrative Committee is located in Maputo. Muslims are particularly present in the north of the country. They are organised in several "tariqa" or brotherhoods. Two national organisations also exist—the Conselho Islâmico de Moçambique and the Congresso Islâmico de Moçambique. There are also important Pakistani, Indian associations as well as some Shia communities. Among the main Protestant
Protestant
churches are Igreja União Baptista de Moçambique, the Assembleias de Deus, the Seventh-day Adventists, the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, the Igreja do Evangelho Completo de Deus, the Igreja Metodista Unida, the Igreja Presbiteriana de Moçambique, the Igrejas de Cristo and the Assembleia Evangélica de Deus. Health[edit] Further information: Health in Mozambique

Hospital in Luabo

The increase in number of HIV positive Mozambicans on Antiretroviral treatment, 2003–14

The fertility rate is at about 5.5 births per woman. Public expenditure on health was at 2.7% of the GDP in 2004, whereas private expenditure on health was at 1.3% in the same year. Health expenditure per capita was 42 US$ (PPP) in 2004. In the early 21st century there were 3 physicians per 100,000 people in the country. Infant mortality was at 100 per 1,000 births in 2005.[70] After its independence from Portugal
Portugal
in 1975, the Mozambique government established a primary health care system that was cited by the WHO as a model for other developing countries.[71] Over 90% of the population had been provided with vaccination. During the period of the early 1980s, around 11% of the government budget was targeted on health care.[72] The Mozambique
Mozambique
civil war led to a great setback in the primary health system in Mozambique. The RENAMO's attack on government infrastructures included health and education systems from 1980 to 1992.[23] The 2010 maternal mortality rate per 100,000 births for Mozambique
Mozambique
is 550. This is compared with 598.8 in 2008 and 385 in 1990. The under 5 mortality rate, per 1,000 births is 147 and the neonatal mortality as a percentage of under 5s mortality is 29. In Mozambique
Mozambique
the number of midwives per 1,000 live births is 3 and the lifetime risk of death for pregnant women 1 in 37.[73] The official HIV prevalence in Mozambique
Mozambique
in 2011 was 11.5% of the population aged between 15 and 49 years. In the southern parts of Mozambique— Maputo
Maputo
and Gaza provinces as well as the city of Maputo—the official figures are more than twice as high as the national average. In 2011 the health authorities estimated about 1.7 million Mozambicans were HIV-positive, of whom 600,000 were in need of anti-retroviral treatment. As of December 2011, 240,000 were receiving such treatment, increasing to 416,000 in March 2014 according to the health authorities. According to the 2011 UNAIDS Report, the HIV/AIDS epidemic in Mozambique
Mozambique
seems to be levelling off.[74] Education[edit] Main article: Education in Mozambique

Pupils in front of their school in Nampula, Mozambique

School children in the classroom

Since independence from Portugal
Portugal
in 1975, school construction and teacher-training enrollments have not kept up with population increases. Especially after the Mozambican Civil War
Mozambican Civil War
(1977–1992), with post-war enrollments reaching all-time highs due to stability and youth population growth, the quality of education has suffered. All Mozambicans are required by law to attend school through the primary level; however, a lot of children in Mozambique
Mozambique
do not go to primary school because they have to work for their families' subsistence farms for a living. In 2007, one million children still did not go to school, most of them from poor rural families, and almost half of all teachers in Mozambique
Mozambique
were still unqualified. Girls’ enrollment increased from 3 million in 2002 to 4.1 million in 2006 while the completion rate increased from 31,000 to 90,000, which testified a very poor completion rate.[75] After grade 7, pupils must take standardised national exams to enter secondary school, which runs from eighth to 10th grade.[citation needed] Space in Mozambican universities is extremely limited; thus most pupils who complete pre-university school do not immediately proceed on to university studies. Many go to work as teachers or are unemployed. There are also institutes which give more vocational training, specialising in agricultural, technical or pedagogical studies, which students may attend after grade 10 in lieu of a pre-university school. After independence from Portugal
Portugal
in 1975, a number of Mozambican pupils continued to be admitted every year at Portuguese high schools, polytechnical institutes and universities, through bilateral agreements between the Portuguese government and the Mozambican government. According to 2010 estimates, the literacy rate of Mozambique
Mozambique
was 56.1% (70.8% male and 42.8% female).[76] By 2015, this had increased to 58.8% (73.3% male and 45.4% female).[77] Culture[edit]

Woman with traditional mask in Mozambique

Main article: Culture of Mozambique Cultural identity[edit] Mozambique
Mozambique
was ruled by Portugal, and they share a main language (Portuguese) and main religion (Roman Catholicism). But since most of the people of Mozambique
Mozambique
are Bantus, most of the culture is native; for Bantus
Bantus
living in urban areas, there is some Portuguese influence. Mozambican culture also influences the Portuguese culture. Mozambican food, music, movies (by RTP África), and traditions are now part of everyday lifestyles of Portugal.[citation needed] Arts[edit] The Makonde are renowned for their wood carving and elaborate masks (see picture), that are commonly used in traditional dances. There are two different kinds of wood carvings: shetani, (evil spirits), which are mostly carved in heavy ebony, tall, and elegantly curved with symbols and nonrepresentational faces; and ujamaa, which are totem-type carvings which illustrate lifelike faces of people and various figures. These sculptures are usually referred to as "family trees", because they tell stories of many generations. During the last years of the colonial period, Mozambican art reflected the oppression by the colonial power, and became symbol of the resistance. After independence in 1975, the modern art came into a new phase. The two best known and most influential contemporary Mozambican artists are the painter Malangatana Ngwenya
Malangatana Ngwenya
and the sculptor Alberto Chissano. A lot of the post-independence art during the 1980s and 1990s reflect the political struggle, civil war, suffering, starvation, and struggle. Dances are usually intricate, highly developed traditions throughout Mozambique. There are many different kinds of dances from tribe to tribe which are usually ritualistic in nature. The Chopi, for instance, act out battles dressed in animal skins. The men of Makua dress in colourful outfits and masks while dancing on stilts around the village for hours. Groups of women in the northern part of the country perform a traditional dance called tufo, to celebrate Islamic holidays.[78] Cuisine[edit] See also: Portuguese cuisine, Cuisine of Mozambique, and African cuisine With a nearly 500-year presence in the country, the Portuguese have greatly influenced Mozambique's cuisine. Staples and crops such as cassava (a starchy root of Brazilian origin) and cashew nuts (also of Brazilian origin, though Mozambique
Mozambique
was once the largest producer of these nuts[citation needed]), and pãozinho (pronounced [pɐ̃wˈzĩɲu], Portuguese-style French buns[citation needed]), were brought in by the Portuguese. The use of spices and seasonings such as bay leaves, chili peppers, fresh coriander, garlic, onions, paprika, red sweet peppers, and wine were introduced by the Portuguese, as were maize, millet, potatoes, rice, sorghum, and sugarcane. espetada (kebab), the popular inteiro com piripiri (whole chicken in piri-piri sauce), prego (steak roll), pudim (pudding), and rissóis (battered shrimp) are all Portuguese dishes commonly eaten in present-day Mozambique.[citation needed] Media[edit] Main article: Media of Mozambique

Headquarters of Rádio Moçambique in KaMpfumo (ceb) district of Maputo
Maputo
(photo 2009)

Mozambican media is heavily influenced by the government.[79] Newspapers have relatively low circulation rates, due to high newspaper prices and low literacy rates.[79] Among the most highly circulated newspapers are state-controlled dailies, such as Noticias and Diário de Moçambique, and the weekly Domingo.[80] Their circulation is mostly confined to Maputo.[81] Most funding and advertising revenue is given to pro-government newspapers.[79] However, the number of private newspapers with critical views of the government have increased significantly in recent years.[when?][80] Radio
Radio
programmes are the most influential form of media in the country due to their ease of access.[79] State-owned radio stations are more popular than privately owned media. This is exemplified by the government radio station, Rádio Moçambique, the most popular station in the country.[79] It was established shortly after Mozambique's independence.[82] The T.V. stations watched by Mozambicans are STV, TIM, and TVM Televisão Moçambique. Through cable and satellite, viewers can access tens of other African, Asian, Brazilian, and European channels.[citation needed] Music[edit] Further information: Music of Mozambique

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The music of Mozambique
Mozambique
serves many purposes, ranging from religious expression to traditional ceremonies. Musical instruments are usually handmade. Some of the instruments used in Mozambican musical expression include drums made of wood and animal skin; the lupembe, a woodwind instrument made from animal horns or wood; and the marimba, which is a kind of xylophone native to Mozambique
Mozambique
and other parts of Africa. The marimba is a popular instrument with the Chopi of the south central coast, who are famous for their musical skill and dance. Some[who?] would say that Mozambique's music is similar to reggae and West Indian calypso. Other music types are popular in Mozambique
Mozambique
like marrabenta, and other Lusophone music forms like fado, bossa nova, and maxixe (with origins from kizomba, Maxixe, and samba). National holidays[edit] Further information: Public holidays in Mozambique

Date National holiday designation Notes

1 January Universal fraternity day New year

3 February Mozambican heroes day In tribute to Eduardo Mondlane

7 April Mozambican women day In tribute to Josina Machel

1 May International workers day Work day

25 June National Independence day Independence proclamation in 1975 (from Portugal)

7 September Victory Day In tribute to the Lusaka Accord signed in 1974

25 September National Liberation Armed Forces Day In tribute to the start of the armed fight for national liberation

4 October Peace and Reconciliation In tribute to the General Peace Agreement signed in Rome in 1992

25 December Family Day Christians also celebrate Christmas

Sport[edit] Football (Portuguese: futebol) is the most popular sport in Mozambique. The national team is the Mozambique
Mozambique
national football team. Roller hockey is also popular and the best results for the national team was fourth at the 2011 FIRS Roller Hockey World Cup. See also[edit]

Africa
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portal Mozambique
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portal

Index of Mozambique-related articles Outline of Mozambique

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Territory British Virgin Islands Cayman Islands Falkland Islands Gibraltar Guernsey Isle of Man Jersey Montserrat Pitcairn Islands St. Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands Turks and Caicos Islands

Source: Commonwealth Secretariat - Member States

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