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Long golden beaches, fascinating cultures and exotic animals welcome visitors to Mozambique. This beautiful land along Africa's southeastern coast has had a painful past. But today, Mozambicans are hopeful about their future. Read on to learn more.

Get to know Mozambique! Get the facts about its land, products and culture.


Official name: Official Name: Republic of Mozambique


Size: 309,494 square miles (about twice the size of California)


Population:  22,948,858 as of 2011


Population Under Age 14: Mozambique's population is young. Malnutrition, disease and lack of clean water take a heavy toll on the people of Mozambique. Life expectancy is low. The average person lives to be only 40.


Capital: Maputo (formerly known as Lourenço Marques)


Official Language: Portuguese, tribal languages are also spoken.


Currency: Metical


Religion: Catholic 23.8%, Zionist Christian 17.5%, Muslim 17.8%, other 17.8%, none 23.1% (1997 census)


Literacy: 48%


Climate: Ranging from tropical to subtropical. It gets hottest in the north, and the rainy season causes flooding in the south from November to March.


Agricultural Products: Cotton, cashews, sugarcane, tea, cassava, corn, citrus and tropical fruits


Industrial Products: Food, beverage, chemicals (fertilizer soaps, paints), textiles, cement

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