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Surface: 799,380 km² (land: 786,380 km², water: 13,000 km²)

Population: 22.9 million inhabitants (July 2011, CIA). The majority of the population are indigenous peoples such as Makua-Lomwe (47.3%), Tsonga (23.3%) and Shona (11.3%). Other peoples: Yao 3.8%, Swahili 0.8%, Makonde 0.6%, mixed European-African roots 0.2%, Indians 0.08%, Europeans 0.06%.

Population density: 28.7 inhabitants per km²

Growth of population: 2,444% per year (2011, CIA)

Capital: Maputo (about 1.2 million inhabitants, 2005).
Form of government: Mozambique has been a republic since 1990 and in the Commonwealth since 1995. The constitution dates from 1990. The parliament consists of 250 members who are elected every five years. The first peace agreement after the civil war between the Mozambican government and the right-wing Renamo rebels, including those supported by South Africa, was signed in 1992, and in 1994 the country's first free presidential and parliamentary elections took place. General Chissano emerged victorious from them and was re-elected in 1999. In 2004 the FRELIMO candidate won Guebuza.
Mozambique has been independent from Portugal since June 25, 1975.
Administrative structure: 10 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia): Cabo Delgado, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Maputo, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Tete and Zambezia as well a city (Cidade de Maputo).

Head of Government: Prime Minister Alberto Vaquina, since October 8, 2012

Head of State: President Armando Guebuza, since February 2, 2005

The highest point: Monte Binga, 2,436 m

Lowest point: Indian Ocean, 0 m

Language: the official language in Mozambique is Portuguese. The following languages ​​are most widely spoken in the country: Emakhuwa (26.1%), Xichangana (11.3%), Portuguese (8.8%, 27% of the population speak Portuguese as a second language), Elomwe (7.6%), Cisena ( 6.8%), Echuwabo (5.8%), other Mozambican languages ​​(32%), other foreign languages ​​(0.3%), unspecified 1.3% (1997 census).

Religion: Catholics 23.8%, Muslims 17.8%, Zionists 17.5%, others, especially natural religions 17.8%, no religion 23.1% (1997 census)

Local time: CET + 1 h.
In Mozambique there is no change between summer and winter time.
The time difference to Central Europe is +1 hour in winter and 0 hours in summer.

Telephone code: 00258 or +258

Internet identifier: .mz

Mains voltage: 220 V, 50 Hz

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