Category:   World Travel Directory  :  Africa  :  Mozambique
Mozambique, is a country in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest.

It was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. By 1510, the Portuguese had control of all of the former Arab sultanates on the east African coast. From about 1500, Portuguese trading posts and forts became regular ports of call on the new route to the east.

It is a member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations, and an observer of the Francophonie. Mozambique (Moçambique) was named after Muça Alebique (Portuguese transliteration of Musa Alibiki), a sultan.

Mozambique's life expectancy and infant mortality rates are both among the worst ranked in the world.  Source

Mozambique Facts

Population: 21 million

Capital: Maputo

Currency: Mozambican Metical

Area: 801,590 km2

Language: Portuguese

Main Religion: Christian

Calling Code: +258

Time Zone: GMT + 2

Main Cities: Beira, Chimoio, Maputo, Maputo Provincia, Nampula