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From October 2003 to December 2005 I was a volunteer in Monapo, Mozambique. I wanted to create a page specifically about Mozambique and my experience there to make it easier to share pictures with family and friends, but also for anyone interested in this beautiful country, because it is beautiful. Africa seems blurry in the imaginations of many people. To me, it is a place of endless possibility; everyday was filled with the potential for something louca or emocional or belississima.   

   Mozambique is Portuguese-speaking country in Southern Africa. It has ten provinces, each with its own culture, languages and terrain. I lived in Nampula province, but got to know the capital city of Maputo fairly well too. The only provinces I never visited were Tete, Niassa and Zambezia. 

BBC Country Profile 

  • Full name: A República de Moçambique

  • Population: 21.4 million (via UN, 2007)

  • Capital: Maputo

  • Area: 812,379 sq km (313,661 sq miles) 

  • Official Language: Portuguese ( There are over 20 different African languages in Mozambique, but Portuguese is used in education, government and professional life.)

  • Major religions: Indiginous beliefs, Islam, Christianity

  • Life expectancy: 42 years (men), 42 years (women) (UN)

  • Monetary unit: 1 metical (25,000 meticais is more or less 1 USD)

  • Main exports: prawns, cashews, cotton

  • GNI per capita: US $310 (World Bank, 2006)

  • Internet domain: .mz

  • International dialling code: +258


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