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More than 29 million people live in Angola (2017). The population density is low and amounts to approximately 24 inhabitants per square kilometer.
Natural population growth is 3.52%. (2017)
Birth rate per 1000 inhabitants is 44.20 (2017)
Mortality rate per 1000 inhabitants is 9.20 (2017)
Life expectancy is 60.2 years. (men 58.2 and women 61.8 years (2017)
The population consists of nine large Bantu groups (with the exception of a Portuguese minority in Luanda and a small group Kung nomads) These nine Bantu groups are divided into about a hundred tribes, of which the Ovimbundu and Bakongo are the largest.
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Officially Portuguese is the language of Angola. Especially in urban areas, nearly 85% of the population speaks Portuguese. Furthermore, many Bantu languages (including Chowke, Umbundu, Kikongo, Kmbundu and Oshiwambo) are spoken. Angolan radio has programs in 14 different languages.
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Most of the inhabitants of Angola adhere to indigenous religions. Rural communities in the country practice animism and other indigenous religions. There is also a small Muslim community. There are also Christians, divided into Roman Catholics (38%) and Protestants (15%). The largest Protestant communities are Methodists, Baptists, Congregationalists (United Church of Christ) and members of the Assemblies of God.
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Last updated September 2021
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