Quick Facts

  • Officially known as the Republic of Mozambique
  • Independence: 1975 (from Portugal)
  • Official language: Portuguese
  • Religions: primarily Christianity and Islam
  • Capital: Maputo (pop. 1.187 million)
  • Population: 25,303,113
  • Divided into 10 provinces and 1 capital
  • Literacy rate: 58.8%
  • Climate: tropical
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A republic
  • Chief of state: President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi (since 2015)
  •  Head of government: Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho Do Rosario (since 2015)     

Healthcare Statistics

  • Health expenditures: 6.8% GDP
  • Maternal mortality rate: 489/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 70.21/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 52.94 years
  • Physician density: 0.04/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 0.7/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 10.58%
  • Infectious disease risk: very high
  • Infectious diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, schistosomiasis, rabies
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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