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: 26,573,706 (2017)

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 - Feb 15, 2019: Former Mozambique Finance Minister Manuel Chang's Bail Denied - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [News24Wire] Former Mozambican finance minister Manuel Chang has been denied bail by the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court.
  • Thu - Feb 7, 2019: Low Rainfall in South Causing Water and Food Shortages - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Low rainfall in the south of Mozambique during this rainy season means that the Pequenos Libombos dam, which supplies Maputo, is only 20% full, and Maputo and Matola will only receive water on alternate days. Irrigation water for farmers will also be cut. (O Pais 31 Jan) Boreholes promised after the last drought have been promised again. But the situation is likely to be permanent, with all climate change forecasts predicting a fall in rainfall in Mozambique south of the River Save.
  • Thu - Feb 7, 2019: Gas Companies Discourage Local Business - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Both Andarko and ExxonMobil-led Mozambique Rovuma Venture (MRV) have issued insurance tender notices that have requirements that Mozambican insurance companies do not meet, namely that they have experience underwriting LNG projects. (Noticias 5 Dec, 1 Feb)
  • Thu - Feb 7, 2019: Former Finance Minister Chang Case Drags On - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Three more days of hearings in Kempton Park magistrates court, Johannesburg have led to little change, with Manuel Chang still in jail and no decision on bail. Extradition and bail are dealt with by different judges and the next hearings will be Friday 15 February for bail and Tuesday 26 February for extradition.
  • Thu - Feb 7, 2019: Nyusi Encouraging Mauritius Tax Haven Investment - AllAfrica News: Mozambique
    [Mozambique News Reports And Clippings] Mauritius is already one of the 10 largest investors in Mozambique, having invested $3 bn in the past five years. And on a 1-3 February visit to the country, President Filipe Nyusi encouraged more Mauritius investment. (AIM En 1,3 Feb)