Fortress of São Miguel, Luanda, Angola. Author and Copyright Virgilio Pena da Costa.
Fortress of São Miguel, Luanda, Angola. Author and Copyright Virgilio Pena da Costa.

African Countries with Portuguese as an Official Language

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Written by Dietrich Köster © June 2012 by Dietrich Köster, D-53113 Bonn 

Cape Verde
Official name: Republic of Cape Verde
Capital city: Praia
Language: The official language is Portuguese, besides Creole is spoken.
Population: 530,000
Area: 4,036 sq km
Currency: Cape Verde Escudo (CVE)
Independence Day: 05 July 1975

Guinea-Bissau
Official name: Republic of Guinea-Bissau
Capital city: Bissau
Language: The official language is Portuguese, in addition, among others Creole, Mandjaco and Mandinga are spoken.
Population: 1,696,000
Area: 36,100 sq km
Currency: West African CFA franc (XOF)
Independence Day: 10 September 1974

Equatorial Guinea
Official name: Republic of Equatorial Guinea
Capital city: Malabo
Language: The official languages are Spanish, French and Portuguese, in addition Fang, Bube and Anobonense are spoken.
Population: 676,000
Area: 28,050 sq km
Currency: Central African CFA franc (XAF)
Independence: 12 October 1968

Goree island, Senegal

Goree island, Senegal

São Tomé and Príncipe
Official name: Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Príncipe
Capital city: São Tomé
Language: The official language is Portuguese, besides Creole is spoken.
Population: 158,000
Area: 1,001 sq km
Currency: Dobra (STD)
Independence Day: 12 July 1975

Angola
Official name: Republic of Angola
Capital city: Luanda
Language: The official language is Portuguese, in addition particularly Umbundo, Kimbundo, Kikongo and Tchokwe are spoken.
Population: 16,949,000
Area: 1,246,000 sq km
Currency: Kwanza (AOA)
Independence Day: 11 November 1975

Mozambique
Official name: Republic of Mozambique
Capital city: Maputo
Language: The official language is Portuguese. There are many national languages​​: Changane, Lomu, Shona, Tsonga, Chicheva, Macua.
Population: 21,372,000
Area: 799,000 sq km
Currency: Metical (MZN)
Independence Day: 25 June 1975

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Compiled with the database of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries (CPLP) and Fischer Weltalmanach 2010 and by own knowledge. See also: Data on the independence of Portuguese colonies.

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