Angola's traditional music is the semba - Brazilian samba is believed to have originated in Angola, where it's known as "semba". The two are very similar. Angolan semba was danced to celebrate different occasions and is known as the music of the sea.
1. Luanda, Angola's capital is the world’s most expensive city for expats.
2. Angola's economy is one of the world's fastest growing - Between 1994 and 2004, Angola had one of the world's fastest-growing economies. Economic growth in 2012 is expected to exceed 7%.
3. Angola is very rich in natural resources - The country is the 2nd largest oil and diamond producer in sub-Saharan Africa.
4. Luanda is known as the " Paris of Africa" - This title is apparently due to the city's sophisticated culture and atmosphere.
5. Portuguese is the official language - Other spoken languages include Umbundu, Kimbundu, Kikongo, and Tchokwe.
6. Angola gained independence in 1975 - The country got independence from Portugal on November 11, 1975. It is the last country in Africa to gain independence from Portugal.
7. Angola has a very young population - Interestingly, nearly 70% of the population in Angola is under the age of 24.
8. Angola is twice the size of Texas - The country spans 481,354 square miles, making it the world's 23rd largest country. It's the seventh largest country in Africa.