801,590 sq. km
Mozambique is bordered by Tanzania in the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and South Africa to the west and southwest.
It borders east with the Indian Ocean and has a rugged coastline of nearly 2500km dotted with beaches bordered by lagoons, coral reefs and strings of islands.
The country is divided into two topographical regions by the Zambezi River. To the north of the Zambezi River, the narrow coastline moves inland to hills and low plateaus, and further west to rugged highlands. To the south of the Zambezi River, the lowlands are broader with the Mashonaland plateau and Lebomo
Mountains located in the Deep South.
Head of state
President Mr Armando Guebuza
22,894,000 (2009 estimate)
Maputo (formerly Lourenco Marques)
Portuguese is the official language. Many local African languages, such as Tsonga, Sena Nyanja, Makonde and Macua, Shangaan are also spoken. In some areas English is also understood.
The currency of Mozambique is the Metical (plural: Meticais).
01 January (New Year's Day)
03 February (Heroes’ Day)
07 April (Woman’s Day)
01 May (Workers Day)
25 June (Independence Day)
07 September (Victory Day)
25 September (Revolution Day)
04 October (Day of Peace and Reconciliation)
25 December (Christmas Day)
*Good Friday and Easter Monday dates are dependant on the year of travel