Welcome to Mozambique
A hot and busy place
“Hello. My name is Albano. And I’m Manuela. Welcome to Mozambique.
We live in the northwestern province of Tete, which is the hottest region in the country.
The town of Tete is experiencing an economic boom thanks to the rich coal seams in the province.
Tete is also an important transport hub, because it lies in a corridor of land between Malawi and Zimbabwe. The Zambezi River flows through this corridor. Historically, the river acted as an important route for transporting goods. Now, the Zambezi is probably more important for the hydro-electricity it produces.
Come and take a look at our videos, where we visit the Cahora Bassa Dam and also show you other interesting features of our region."
Family or smallholder farms account for nearly 90% of domestic food supplies in Mozambique. Farmers grow cassava and maize/corn as the main crops, with millet, rice and beans also common.
The famous Portuguese maritime explorer, Vasco da Gama, sailed around the south of the African continent en route to India. His ship landed at Mozambique Island in 1498.
Malaria is the leading killer of children in Mozambique, accounting for nearly a quarter of all deaths among those under five (WHO 2009).
Growing at around 7% each year, the country’s economy is one of Africa’s strongest performers. Foreign companies have increasingly chosen to invest in Mozambique, particularly in mining ventures.
Though commercial fishing takes place, especially for Mozambique’s key export of prawns, traditional fishing accounts for around 85% of the country’s domestic catch.
Mozamibique’s extensive coastline has long stretches of white sandy beaches. Some of the world's best-preserved coral reefs are found off the coast, supporting around 800 species of fish.
Primary education became free in 2005 and today, nearly all young children are enrolled at primary school. However, many leave school early, particularly girls. Over a third of Mozambican girls (aged 15-24) are unable to read and write.
The broad coastal plain to the south (100-200km wide) leaves many southern regions vulnerable to flooding. Mozambique suffered from particularly severe floods in 2000.
Mozambique is home to a variety of groups, including the Makua, Thonga, Shona/Ndau, Sena, Nyungwe and Yao. Around 40 different Bantu languages and dialects are spoken.