The weather is composed of two seasons: rainy and hot season (from September to April), cold and dry (from May to August).
Along the coastline, there is a high degree of precipitation decreasing from North to South and year average temperature are placed over 23ºC.
The central zone can be characterized as follows: North with high degree of rainfall and high temperature; central highland with a dry season with temperature of around 19ºC and south with intensive cold because of its proximity to the desert and influence of the tropical wind. *extracts of the poem "We will be back" António Agostinho Neto Some interesting aspects Driving orientation: right hand driving.
Bank office hours: 8am - 3pm. Official language: Portuguese. National currency: Kwanza (US dollar is also accepted in many places).
Electricity: 220/240V 50Hz. Time Zone: GMT/UTC +1 Telephone code: +244 Measuring Units: metric Curiosity: when you buy something on the street (fruit or other), it is common from the client to ask for "squebra" which is small discount for the courtesy.
One of the most fantastic things in Angola is the culture within all its manifestation. The traditional music (Semba, Rebita) and the so called modern music (kizomba, kuduro, and zouk) have been already internationa-lized to certain extent.
Some musical instruments are worthy to be mentioned such as the drum, kissange and marimba. "From marimba to Kissange, to our Carnival, we will be back." Traditional dance with its rhythm has a special space.
Each and every time new rhythm and variations enrich them demonstrating the creativity of the Angolan people. The Carnival is one of the biggest cultural expressions together with music, dance and tradition. Concerning Angolan han-dcraft, the nation has a lot to offer.
Wooden handcraft is the most expressive probably (black-wood, grey wood, pink wood and Panga-Panga) but, there are other materials being used with high care and art such as Clay, Mateba (palm fibre), bronze, ivory, horn, etc.
Important Note – If you get a handcraft objects and you want to take it home with you, you need a stamp from the Ministry of Culture and affix it on the object.
The Portuguese Navigator Diogo Cão, at his arrival at the Angolan coast in 1482, met a well structured kingdom – the Congo kingdom, basically inhabited by the Bantu people, coming mainly from north of Africa.
Good relationship was then established between the Portuguese people and the Congo Kingdom with intensive trade exchanges.
The good relationship came to an end when the Portuguese national, Paulo Dias de Novais started occupying directly the seacoast by establishing captainships. At the same time, the slavery trade was started, from Afri-ca to Brazil until the 19th century when slavery was abolished.
Angola is a young country which became independent in 1975 500 years after colonization of the Portuguese. the struggle for independence was started on February 04, 1960 with the emergence of the 3 main armed parties – MPLA, FNLA and UNITA).
On the 11th of November 1975, Doctor Antonio Agostinho Neto declared the independence of Angola. But, peace was not yet reality by that time. The main warring parties started another round of war among themselves for power which lasted for long time. Now that peace is a fact, Angola has entered into a dynamic process of national reconstruction.
All sectors of the Angolan economy including infrastructures are being revitalized.