|Government||Republic, nominally a multiparty democracy with a strong presidential system|
|Area|| total: 1,246,700 km2
water: 0 km2
land: 1,246,700 km2
|Population||12,127,071 (July 2006 est.)|
|Language||Portuguese (official), Bantu and other African languages|
|Religion||Indigenous beliefs 47%, Roman Catholic 38%, Protestant 15% (1998 est.)|
Angola is a country in Central Africa. It is bordered by Namibia in the south, Zambia in the east and the Republic of Congo, as well as the Democratic Republic of the Congo in the north. The country is rich in natural resources: It has large reserves of oil and diamonds, hydroelectric potential, and rich agricultural land. Despite this, Angola remains a very poor country, having been ravaged by a bloody civil war from 1975 to 2002.