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 for Angola
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Angola \An*go"la\, n. [A corruption of Angora.]
     A fabric made from the wool of the Angora goat.
     [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Angola
      n 1: a republic in southwestern Africa on the Atlantic Ocean;
           achieved independence from Portugal in 1975 and was the
           scene of civil war until 1990 [syn: Angola, Republic of
           Angola]

From CIA World Factbook 2002 :

  Angola
  
     Introduction Angola
     -------------------
                              Background: Civil war has been the norm in
                                          Angola since independence from
                                          Portugal in 1975. A 1994 peace
                                          accord between the government and
                                          the National Union for the Total
                                          Independence of Angola (UNITA)
                                          provided for the integration of
                                          former UNITA insurgents into the
                                          government and armed forces. A
                                          national unity government was
                                          installed in April of 1997, but
                                          serious fighting resumed in late
                                          1998, rendering hundreds of
                                          thousands of people homeless. Up to
                                          1.5 million lives may have been lost
                                          in fighting over the past quarter
                                          century. The death of Jonas SAVIMBI
                                          and a cease fire with UNITA may bode
                                          well for the country.
    
     Geography Angola
     ----------------
                                Location: Southern Africa, bordering the South
                                          Atlantic Ocean, between Namibia and
                                          Democratic Republic of the Congo
                  Geographic coordinates: 12 30 S, 18 30 E
                          Map references: Africa
                                    Area: total: 1,246,700 sq km
                                          water: 0 sq km
                                          land: 1,246,700 sq km
                      Area - comparative: slightly less than twice the size of
                                          Texas
                         Land boundaries: total: 5,198 km
                                          border countries: Democratic
                                          Republic of the Congo 2,511 km (of
                                          which 225 km is the boundary of
                                          discontiguous Cabinda Province),
                                          Republic of the Congo 201 km,
                                          Namibia 1,376 km, Zambia 1,110 km
                               Coastline: 1,600 km
                         Maritime claims: contiguous zone: 24 NM
                                          exclusive economic zone: 200 NM
                                          territorial sea: 12 NM
                                 Climate: semiarid in south and along coast to
                                          Luanda; north has cool, dry season
                                          (May to October) and hot, rainy
                                          season (November to April)
                                 Terrain: narrow coastal plain rises abruptly
                                          to vast interior plateau
                      Elevation extremes: lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
                                          highest point: Morro de Moco 2,620 m
                       Natural resources: petroleum, diamonds, iron ore,
                                          phosphates, copper, feldspar, gold,
                                          bauxite, uranium
                                Land use: arable land: 2.41%
                                          permanent crops: 0.4%
                                          other: 97.19% (1998 est.)
                          Irrigated land: 750 sq km (1998 est.)
                         Natural hazards: locally heavy rainfall causes
                                          periodic flooding on the plateau
            Environment - current issues: overuse of pastures and subsequent
                                          soil erosion attributable to
                                          population pressures;
                                          desertification; deforestation of
                                          tropical rain forest, in response to
                                          both international demand for
                                          tropical timber and to domestic use
                                          as fuel, resulting in loss of
                                          biodiversity; soil erosion
                                          contributing to water pollution and
                                          siltation of rivers and dams;
                                          inadequate supplies of potable water
              Environment - international party to: Biodiversity, Climate
                              agreements: Change, Desertification, Law of the
                                          Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship
                                          Pollution
                                          signed, but not ratified: none of
                                          the selected agreements
                        Geography - note: Cabinda is separated from rest of
                                          country by the Democratic Republic
                                          of the Congo
    
     People Angola
     -------------
                              Population: 10,593,171 (July 2002 est.)
                           Age structure: 0-14 years: 43.3% (male 2,318,326;
                                          female 2,272,726)
                                          15-64 years: 53.9% (male 2,904,595;
                                          female 2,806,430)
                                          65 years and over: 2.8% (male
                                          131,316; female 159,778) (2002 est.)
                  Population growth rate: 2.18% (2002 est.)
                              Birth rate: 46.18 births/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                              Death rate: 24.35 deaths/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                      Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2002
                                          est.)
                               Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
                                          under 15 years: 1.02 male(s)/female
                                          15-64 years: 1.03 male(s)/female
                                          65 years and over: 0.82 male(s)/
                                          female
                                          total population: 1.02 male(s)/
                                          female (2002 est.)
                   Infant mortality rate: 191.66 deaths/1,000 live births
                                          (2002 est.)
                Life expectancy at birth: total population: 38.87 years
                                          female: 40.18 years (2002 est.)
                                          male: 37.62 years
                    Total fertility rate: 6.43 children born/woman (2002 est.)
        HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 2.78% (1999 est.)
       HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/ 160,000 (1999 est.)
                                    AIDS:
                       HIV/AIDS - deaths: 15,000 (1999 est.)
                             Nationality: noun: Angolan(s)
                                          adjective: Angolan
                           Ethnic groups: Ovimbundu 37%, Kimbundu 25%, Bakongo
                                          13%, mestico (mixed European and
                                          Native African) 2%, European 1%,
                                          other 22%
                               Religions: indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman
                                          Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998
                                          est.)
                               Languages: Portuguese (official), Bantu and
                                          other African languages
                                Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read
                                          and write
                                          total population: 42%
                                          male: 56%
                                          female: 28% (1998 est.)
    
     Government Angola
     -----------------
                            Country name: conventional long form: Republic of
                                          Angola
                                          conventional short form: Angola
                                          local short form: Angola
                                          former: People's Republic of Angola
                                          local long form: Republica de Angola
                         Government type: republic, nominally a multiparty
                                          democracy with a strong presidential
                                          system
                                 Capital: Luanda
                Administrative divisions: 18 provinces (provincias, singular -
                                          provincia); Bengo, Benguela, Bie,
                                          Cabinda, Cuando Cubango, Cuanza
                                          Norte, Cuanza Sul, Cunene, Huambo,
                                          Huila, Luanda, Lunda Norte, Lunda
                                          Sul, Malanje, Moxico, Namibe, Uige,
                                          Zaire
                            Independence: 11 November 1975 (from Portugal)
                        National holiday: Independence Day, 11 November (1975)
                            Constitution: 11 November 1975; revised 7 January
                                          1978, 11 August 1980, 6 March 1991,
                                          and 26 August 1992
                            Legal system: based on Portuguese civil law system
                                          and customary law; recently modified
                                          to accommodate political pluralism
                                          and increased use of free markets
                                Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
                        Executive branch: chief of state: President Jose
                                          Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21
                                          September 1979); note - the
                                          president is both chief of state and
                                          head of government
                                          head of government: President Jose
                                          Eduardo DOS SANTOS (since 21
                                          September 1979); note - the
                                          president is both chief of state and
                                          head of government
                                          cabinet: Council of Ministers
                                          appointed by the president
                                          elections: president elected by
                                          universal ballot for a NA-year term;
                                          President DOS SANTOS originally
                                          elected (in 1979) without opposition
                                          under a one-party system and stood
                                          for reelection in Angola's first
                                          multiparty elections 29-30 September
                                          1992 (next to be held NA)
                                          election results: DOS SANTOS 49.6%,
                                          Jonas SAVIMBI 40.1%, making a run-
                                          off election necessary; the run-off
                                          was not held and SAVIMBI's National
                                          Union for the Total Independence of
                                          Angola (UNITA) repudiated the
                                          results of the first election; the
                                          civil war resumed
                      Legislative branch: unicameral National Assembly or
                                          Assembleia Nacional (220 seats;
                                          members elected by proportional vote
                                          to serve four-year terms)
                                          elections: last held 29-30 September
                                          1992 (next to be held NA)
                                          election results: percent of vote by
                                          party - MPLA 54%, UNITA 34%, others
                                          12%; seats by party - MPLA 129,
                                          UNITA 70, PRS 6, FNLA 5, PLD 3,
                                          others 7
                         Judicial branch: Supreme Court or Tribunal da Relacao
                                          (judges are appointed by the
                                          president)
           Political parties and leaders: Liberal Democratic Party or PLD
                                          [Analia de Victoria PEREIRA];
                                          National Front for the Liberation of
                                          Angola or FNLA [disputed leadership:
                                          Lucas NGONDA, Holden ROBERTO];
                                          National Union for the Total
                                          Independence of Angola or UNITA
                                          [Jonas SAVIMBI], largest opposition
                                          party has engaged in years of armed
                                          resistance; Popular Movement for the
                                          Liberation of Angola or MPLA [Jose
                                          Eduardo DOS SANTOS], ruling party in
                                          power since 1975; Social Renewal
                                          Party or PRS [disputed leadership:
                                          Eduardo KUANGANA, Antonio
                                          MUACHICUNGO]; UNITA-Renovada
                                          [Eugenio NGOLO "Manuvakola"]
                                          note: about a dozen minor parties
                                          participated in the 1992 elections
                                          but only won a few seats and have
                                          little influence in the National
                                          Assembly
            Political pressure groups and Front for the Liberation of the
                                 leaders: Enclave of Cabinda or FLEC [N'zita
                                          Henriques TIAGO; Antonio Bento
                                          BEMBE]
                                          note: FLEC is waging a small-scale,
                                          highly factionalized, armed struggle
                                          for the independence of Cabinda
                                          Province
               International organization ACP, AfDB, CCC, CEEAC, ECA, FAO, G-
                           participation: 77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICFTU, ICRM,
                                          IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF,
                                          IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, ITU, NAM,
                                          OAS (observer), OAU, SADC, UN,
                                          UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UPU, WFTU,
                                          WHO, WIPO, WMO, WToO, WTrO
     Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador
                                          Josefina Perpetua Pitra DIAKIDI
                                          FAX: [1] (202) 785-1258
                                          consulate(s) general: New York
                                          telephone: [1] (202) 785-1156
                                          chancery: 2100 16th Street NW,
                                          Washington, DC 20009
       Diplomatic representation from the chief of mission: Ambassador
                                      US: Christopher William DELL
                                          embassy: number 32 Rua Houari
                                          Boumeddienne, Luanda
                                          mailing address: international mail:
                                          Caixa Postal 6468, Luanda; pouch:
                                          American Embassy Luanda, Department
                                          of State, Washington, DC 20521-2550
                                          telephone: [244] (2) 445-481, 447-
                                          028, 446-224, 445-727
                                          FAX: [244] (2) 446-924
                        Flag description: two equal horizontal bands of red
                                          (top) and black with a centered
                                          yellow emblem consisting of a five-
                                          pointed star within half a cogwheel
                                          crossed by a machete (in the style
                                          of a hammer and sickle)
    
     Economy Angola
     --------------
                      Economy - overview: Angola is an economy in disarray
                                          because of a quarter century of
                                          nearly continuous warfare.
                                          Subsistence agriculture provides the
                                          main livelihood for 85% of the
                                          population. Oil production and the
                                          supporting activities are vital to
                                          the economy, contributing about 45%
                                          to GDP and 90% of exports. Violence
                                          continues, millions of land mines
                                          remain, and many farmers are
                                          reluctant to return to their fields.
                                          As a result, much of the country's
                                          food must still be imported. To
                                          fully take advantage of its rich
                                          natural resources - gold, diamonds,
                                          extensive forests, Atlantic
                                          fisheries, and large oil deposits -
                                          Angola will need to end its conflict
                                          and continue reforming government
                                          policies. Internal strife
                                          discourages investment outside of
                                          the petroleum sector, which is
                                          producing roughly 800,000 barrels of
                                          oil per day. While Angola made
                                          progress in bringing inflation down
                                          further, from over 300% in 2000 to
                                          about 110% in 2001, the government
                                          has failed to make sufficient
                                          progress on reforms recommended by
                                          the IMF, such as increasing foreign
                                          exchange reserves and promoting
                                          greater transparency in government
                                          spending. Angola's GDP could be
                                          among the world's fastest growing in
                                          2002 if oil production from the
                                          Girassol field, which began
                                          production in December 2001, reaches
                                          200,000 barrels per day as expected.
                                     GDP: purchasing power parity - $13.3
                                          billion (2001 est.)
                  GDP - real growth rate: 5.4% (2001 est.)
                        GDP - per capita: purchasing power parity - $1,330
                                          (2001 est.)
             GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 6%
                                          industry: 70%
                                          services: 24% (2000 est.)
           Population below poverty line: NA%
       Household income or consumption by lowest 10%: NA%
                        percentage share: highest 10%: NA%
        Inflation rate (consumer prices): 110% (2001 est.)
                             Labor force: 5 million (1997 est.)
             Labor force - by occupation: agriculture 85%, industry and
                                          services 15% (1997 est.)
                       Unemployment rate: extensive unemployment and
                                          underemployment affecting more than
                                          half the population (2001 est.)
                                  Budget: revenues: $928 million
                                          expenditures: $2.5 billion,
                                          including capital expenditures of
                                          $963 million (1992 est.)
                              Industries: petroleum; diamonds, iron ore,
                                          phosphates, feldspar, bauxite,
                                          uranium, and gold; cement; basic
                                          metal products; fish processing;
                                          food processing; brewing; tobacco
                                          products; sugar; textiles
       Industrial production growth rate: NA%
                Electricity - production: 1.19 billion kWh (2000)
      Electricity - production by source: fossil fuel: 40.34%
                                          hydro: 59.66%
                                          other: 0% (2000)
                                          nuclear: 0%
               Electricity - consumption: 1.107 billion kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2000)
                   Electricity - imports: 0 kWh (2000)
                  Agriculture - products: bananas, sugarcane, coffee, sisal,
                                          corn, cotton, manioc (tapioca),
                                          tobacco, vegetables, plantains;
                                          livestock; forest products; fish
                                 Exports: $7 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Exports - commodities: crude oil 90%, diamonds, refined
                                          petroleum products, gas, coffee,
                                          sisal, fish and fish products,
                                          timber, cotton
                      Exports - partners: US 44.5%, EU 17.3%, China 22.7%,
                                          South Korea 8.1% (2000)
                                 Imports: $2.7 billion (f.o.b., 2001 est.)
                   Imports - commodities: machinery and electrical equipment,
                                          vehicles and spare parts; medicines,
                                          food, textiles, military goods
                      Imports - partners: EU 47.4%, South Korea 16%, South
                                          Africa 15.9%, US 11.3%, Brazil 5.5%
                                          (2000)
                         Debt - external: $10.4 billion (2001 est.)
                Economic aid - recipient: $383.5 million (1999)
                                Currency: kwanza (AOA)
                           Currency code: AOA
                          Exchange rates: kwanza per US dollar - 32.8716
                                          (January 2002), 22.058 (2001),
                                          10.041 (2000), 2.791 (1999), 0.393
                                          (1998), 0.229 (1997); note - in
                                          December 1999 the kwanza was
                                          revalued with six zeroes dropped off
                                          the old value
                             Fiscal year: calendar year
    
     Communications Angola
     ---------------------
          Telephones - main lines in use: 69,700 (1997)
            Telephones - mobile cellular: 25,800 (2000)
                        Telephone system: general assessment: telephone
                                          service limited mostly to government
                                          and business use; HF radiotelephone
                                          used extensively for military links
                                          domestic: limited system of wire,
                                          microwave radio relay, and
                                          tropospheric scatter
                                          international: satellite earth
                                          stations - 2 Intelsat (Atlantic
                                          Ocean)
                Radio broadcast stations: AM 36, FM 7, shortwave 9 (2000)
                                  Radios: 815,000 (2000)
           Television broadcast stations: 7 (2000)
                             Televisions: 196,000 (2000)
                   Internet country code: .ao
       Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 1 (2000)
                          Internet users: 30,000 (2001)
    
     Transportation Angola
     ---------------------
                                Railways: total: 2,771 km (inland, much of the
                                          track is unusable because of land
                                          mines still in place from the civil
                                          war)
                                          narrow gauge: 2,648 km 1.067-
                                          m gauge; 123 km 0.600-m gauge (2000
                                          est.)
                                Highways: total: 76,626 km
                                          paved: 19,156 km
                                          unpaved: 57,470 km (1997)
                               Waterways: 1,295 km
                               Pipelines: crude oil 179 km
                       Ports and harbors: Ambriz, Cabinda, Lobito, Luanda,
                                          Malongo, Mocamedes, Namibe, Porto
                                          Amboim, Soyo
                         Merchant marine: total: 9 ships (1,000 GRT or over)
                                          totaling 39,305 GRT/63,528 DWT
                                          ships by type: cargo 8, petroleum
                                          tanker 1 (2002 est.)
                                Airports: 244 (2001)
           Airports - with paved runways: total: 32
                                          over 3,047 m: 4
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 13
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 6
                                          under 914 m: 1 (2001)
         Airports - with unpaved runways: total: 212
                                          over 3,047 m: 2
                                          2,438 to 3,047 m: 5
                                          1,524 to 2,437 m: 30
                                          914 to 1,523 m: 95
                                          under 914 m: 80 (2001)
    
     Military Angola
     ---------------
                         Military branches: Army, Navy, Air and Air Defense
                                            Forces, National Police Force
          Military manpower - military age: 18 years of age (2002 est.)
          Military manpower - availability: males age 15-49: 2,532,469 (2002
                                            est.)
       Military manpower - fit for military males age 15-49: 1,272,509 (2002
                                   service: est.)
      Military manpower - reaching military males: 103,807 (2002 est.)
                              age annually:
             Military expenditures - dollar $1.2 billion (FY97)
                                    figure:
         Military expenditures - percent of 22% (1999)
                                       GDP:
    
     Transnational Issues Angola
     ---------------------------
                 Disputes - international: none
                            Illicit drugs: used as a transshipment point for
                                           cocaine destined for Western Europe
                                           and other African states
    
                                         
  
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Angola, NY -- U.S. village in New York
     Population (2000):    2266
     Housing Units (2000): 903
     Land area (2000):     1.425623 sq. miles (3.692346 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    1.425623 sq. miles (3.692346 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            02198
     Located within:       New York (NY), FIPS 36
     Location:             42.639109 N, 79.030709 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     14006
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Angola, NY
      Angola
  

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Angola, IN -- U.S. city in Indiana
     Population (2000):    7344
     Housing Units (2000): 3012
     Land area (2000):     4.229491 sq. miles (10.954332 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.015500 sq. miles (0.040145 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    4.244991 sq. miles (10.994477 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            01666
     Located within:       Indiana (IN), FIPS 18
     Location:             41.636971 N, 85.000885 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     46703
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
     Headwords:
      Angola, IN
      Angola
  

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