Angola is a southern African nation whose varied terrain encompasses tropical Atlantic beaches, a labyrinthine system of rivers and Sub-Saharan desert that extends across the border into Namibia. The country’s colonial history is reflected in its Portuguese-influenced cuisine and its landmarks including Fortaleza de São Miguel, built by the Portuguese in 1576 to defend the capital, Luanda.
Dialing code: +244
Currency: Angolan kwanza
President: José Eduardo dos Santos
Population: 21.47 million (2013) World Bank
Official language: Portuguese