Mozambique

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INFORMATION

Capital: Maputo

Government: Republic

Current President: Filipe Nyusi

Economy:

  • Dependent upon foreign assistance for more than half of its annual budget.
  • Subsistence agriculture continues to employ the vast majority of the country’s work force and smallholder agricultural productivity and productivity growth is weak.

Population: 30,098,197 (2020)

Land Size: 812,379 sq km (313,661 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Makhuwa
  • Tsonga
  • Lomwe
  • Sena
  • Europeans: 0.06%
  • Euro-Africans: 0.2%
  • Indians: 0.08%
Religions:

  • Catholic: 28.4%
  • Protestant: 27.7% (Zionist Christian: 15.5%, Evangelical Pentecostal: 10.9%, Anglican: 1.3%)
  • Muslim: 17.9%
  • Other: 7.2%
  • None: 18.7%

Language(s):

  • Emakhuwa: 25.3%
  • Portuguese (official): 10.7%
  • Xichangana: 10.3%
  • Cisena: 7.5%
  • Elomwe: 7%
  • Echuwabo: 5.1%
  • Other Mozambican languages: 30.1%
  • Other: 4%

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RECENT NEWS

  • Fri - Dec 3, 2021: Zimtrade Urges Firms to Penetrate Maputo - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [The Herald] ZIMTRADE says Zimbabwean businesses can take advantage of their proximity to Mozambique to penetrate the neighbouring country's market, which has vast export opportunities.
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: Health Services Denied to Displaced Women as Tensions Rise With Host Communities - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Relations between host and displaced communities are negative and seem to be deteriorating,  both groups told a survey by UNHCR's Cabo Delgado Protection Cluster, published 18 November.  https://bit.ly/Moz-Palma-Protect The survey and focus group interviews were done in Quitunda,  Maganja and Mondlane villages, just south of Palma, which have a mix of people having fled  Palma and local people, many of who also fled but have now returned.
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: Insurgency Spreads to Niassa - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] As predicted, and following Frelimo's model after the Portuguese 1970 Operation Gordian Knot  (see this newsletter last week https://bit.ly/Moz-580), the guerrillas are moving away from the heavy military push by the Rwandans and have gone to another province, in this case Niassa.
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: Omicron Cuts Travel North, as Mozambique Tightens Checks on South Africa Border - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] The new Covid Omicron variant has already led to sharp travel restrictions between  Mozambique and most countries of the north. First discovered two weeks ago in Botswana  and South Africa, the variant has an unusually large number of mutations, particularly  affecting the spike protein. Initial indications are that it is more infectious, but not leading to  more hospital admissions. WHO has labelled the variant Omicron (15th letter of the Greek  alphabet and origin of the Latin le
  • Thu - Dec 2, 2021: IMF Continues to Back Gas, Despite the Resource Curse - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Attempts to limit gas in Mozambique are "not sensible", IMF representative in Mozambique, Alexis  Meyer-Cirkel, said in an open briefing 23 November. "I think that this discussion, preventing  Mozambique from developing this wealth, disproportionately penalises a country that has not  contributed to the creation of the problem and that is a poorer country," he stressed.