Mozambique

The country of Mozambique is located in southeast Africa. It is border, to the east, by the Indian Ocean. It also shares borders South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia. Some quick facts about Mozambique include:

  • Mozambique is the 36th largest country in the world.

  • The capital of Mozamabique is Maputo. Approximately 1.2 million people call Maputo home. That’s about equal to the population of Dallas, Texas.

  • Mozambique’s currency is called the metical. In June 2019, 1 US dollar was worth about 62 metical.

  • The Portuguese began to colonize the area in the early 16th century. Today, Portuguese is still the official language. Other languages include English, Swahili, and Tsonga.

  • One of the most famous Mozambicans is Graca Machel. She is the widow of former Mozambican president Samora Machel. In 1998, she married former South African president Nelson Mandela. This makes her the only woman in the world to be First Lady - twice!