25 Facts About Luanda


Luanda's population increased greatly from refugees fleeing the war, but its infrastructure was inadequate to handle the increase.

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Luanda has been considered one of the most expensive cities in the world for expatriates.

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The inhabitants of Luanda are mostly members of the ethnic group of the Ambundu, but in recent times there has been an increase of the number of the Bakongo and the Ovimbundu.

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Luanda was the main host city for the matches of the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

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Luanda was Portugal's bridgehead from 1627, except during the Dutch rule of Luanda, from 1640 to 1648, as Fort Aardenburgh.

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For decades, Luanda's facilities were not adequately expanded to handle this huge increase in the city's population.

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Luanda has become one of the world's most expensive cities.

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Luanda has been undergoing major road reconstruction in the 21st century, and new highways are planned to improve connections to Cacuaco, Viana, Samba, and the new airport.

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Luanda is divided into two parts, the Baixa de Luanda and the Cidade Alta .

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The Baixa de Luanda is situated next to the port, and has narrow streets and old colonial buildings.

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Until 2011, the former Luanda Province comprised what now forms five municipalities.

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City of Luanda is divided in six urban districts: Ingombota, Angola Quiluanje, Maianga, Rangel, Samba and Sambizanga.

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The capital Luanda is growing constantly - and in addition, increasingly beyond the official city limits and even provincial boundaries.

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Luanda has a hot semi-arid climate, bordering upon a hot desert climate .

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Inhabitants of Luanda are primarily members of African ethnic groups, mainly Ambundu, Ovimbundu, and Bakongo.

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Population of Luanda has grown dramatically in recent years, due in large part to war-time migration to the city, which is safe compared to the rest of the country.

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In 2006 Luanda saw an increase in violent crime, particularly in the shanty towns that surround the colonial urban core.

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Luanda is one of the world's most expensive cities for resident foreigners.

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In Mercer's cost of living index, Luanda was ranked as top of the list due to the extremely high costs of goods and security.

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Luanda sits above Seoul, Geneva and Shanghai in the rankings.

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Luanda has an excellent natural harbour; the chief exports are coffee, cotton, sugar, diamonds, iron, and salt.

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Luanda is the starting point of the Luanda railway that goes due east to Malanje.

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Main airport of Luanda is Quatro de Fevereiro Airport, which is the largest in the country.

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Port of Luanda serves as the largest port of Angola and is one of the busiest ports in Africa.

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Luanda's roads are in a poor state of repair, but are undergoing an extensive reconstruction process by the government in order to relieve traffic congestion in the city.

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