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With a population of around 18 million, Mozambique borders Tanzania to the north, Zambia and Malawi to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and South Africa and Swaziland to the southwest. The Indian Ocean lies to the east of Mozambique with a coastline of nearly 2500km, with beaches bordered by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands. Behind this coastline, a vast low plateau rises towards mountains in the west and up north it accounts for nearly half the area of Mozambique.
The Bazaruto Archipelago situated approximately 780 km north of Maputo consists of four islands including surrounding islets, reefs and beautiful sandy beaches. The Zambezi is the largest and most important of the 25 main rivers, which flow through Mozambique into the Indian Ocean.
Mozambique’s climate tends to be dry during the months of April to September, during which time the climate is pleasant. In the wet season it tends to be hot and humid with temperatures ranging from 27°C to 29° C on the coast but cooler inland.
Facts and Figures
|Area||799,380 sq km (308,641 sq miles).|
|Capital||Maputo- population 1,244,227 (2006)|
|Language||Portuguese is the official language. There are also many local African languages spoken, such as Tsong, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua.|
|Religion||Christian (mainly Roman Catholic), Muslim and Hindu. Many also follow traditional beliefs.|
|Time||GMT + 2|
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