Happy independence day Mozambique

Mozambique, officially ‘the Republic of Mozambique’ gained their independence from Portugal on 25 June 1975.

Things you might not know about Mozambique:

– The only official language of Mozambique is Portuguese, which is spoken mostly as a second language. But, there are more than 40 languages spoken in the country and the majority of Mozambicans speak more than one language.
– The country’s population of around 29 million is composed of overwhelmingly Bantu people.
– The largest religion in Mozambique is Christianity, with significant minorities following Islam and African traditional religions.
– Mozambique is rich in natural resources, is biologically and culturally diverse, and has a tropical climate.
– The country is home to some of the world’s best coral reefs. There are over 1,200 species of fish that have been identified in the coastal waters of Mozambique.
– Mozambique is also known for being the largest marine reserve in Africa. And other than the large variety of fish, it also cares for five out of seven endangered species of turtle.
– Mozambique boasts of one of the most beautiful railway station in the world. The CFM railway station is located in Maputo.
– Though Mozambique is considered a low-income country, it is also one of the fastest growing economies. The industry, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing, aluminium and petroleum production, is growing. South Africa is Mozambique’s main trading partner.
– The music of Mozambique serves many purposes, ranging from religious expression to traditional ceremonies. Musical instruments are usually handmade, and some are used in Mozambican musical expression, such as drums made of wood and animal skin, and the marimba, which is a kind of xylophone native to Mozambique and other parts of Africa.
– The flag of Mozambique stands out. It shows an AK-47 rifle. The rifle symbolises defence and vigilance.
– Mozambique has won two Olympic medals, both won by Maria de Lourdes Mutola in the women’s 800 meters, a bronze in 1996 and a gold in 2000.

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