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Fun Facts About Angola - From Basketball to History!


									Foreign RelationsDid you know- Present-day Angola has an independent
foreign policy since the 1990s. Currently, the modern state of Angola
maintains close diplomatic relations with the United States of America.
It has also excellent ties with Brazil and the People's Republic of
China. In December 2008, the country's ruler Jose Eduardo dos Santos, a
Soviet-trained-engineer, arrived in Beijing, China's capital, for an
official visit. During Cold War, in the 1970s and early 1980s, it had had
rocky relationship with the White House. During that time, Luanda forged
strong links with the Soviet Union (modern-day Russia), Cuba, Bulgaria
and the German Democratic Republic (now Germany). Due to its anti-
American policy, the Angolan rule, along with other pro-Soviet states,
boycotted the 1984 Summer Games in Los Angeles, CA.TourismDid you know-
This land has important scope for exploiting its potential in fishing,
and eco-tourism. There are several virgin beaches -unknown in the world--
with spectacular landscapes and a favorable climate.GeographyDid you
know- This former Portuguese colony is Africa's seventh-largest country,
after Sudan, Algeria, Libya and other countries. Otherwise, the African
nation of Angola shares borders with Namibia (former South African
territory) and Zambia (ex British dependency), as well as Congo ( ex
French territory), and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (former
Zaire).It is one of the most diverse nations on the Planet, from tropical
jungles, and savannahs to mountains, rivers, waterfalls, and
deserts.EconomicsDid you know- Thanks to oil exports, between 1994 and
2004, the country boasted one of the world's fastest-growing economies,
ahead of several Asian and Latin American nations.Modern HistoryDid you
know- Like many Portuguese colonies on the African mainland, the modern
country of Angola, once the seat of an ancient kingdom, gained its
national independence in the mid-1970s. Then, in the succeeding years,
it, with Soviet/Cuban backing, became a Marxist republic in the Third
World, alongside states like the Democratic People's Republic of Korea
(also known as North Korea), Laos, Cambodia, Ethiopia, and Benin (former
Dahomey). In the subsequent decade, Angola, under the rule of Jose
Eduardo Dos Santos, the country's ruler since 1979, abandoned Marxism-
Leninism, along with Benin, Ethiopia, and Sao Tome &
Principe.LanguageDid you know- The Portuguese is the official language,
but Angola, a vast nation with a host of ethnic groups, has a large non-
Portuguese speaking population.Ruacana FallsDid you know- The country is
home to the Ruacana Falls, one of Africa's natural wonders. It is
Southern Africa's fourth-largest waterfallsFamous VisitorsDid you know-
Pope Benedict XVI visited the country in March 2009; the first visit from
a Vatican leader to Africa since 2000 when John Paul II went to Mount
Sinai, Egypt. By the early 1990s, Pope John Paul II travelled to
AngolaLuandaDid you know- Luanda, one of sub-Saharan Africa's most
important cities, is the national capital of the country.Angola &
Miss WorldDid you know- At the 2007 Miss World in Sanya (China), the
country's representative Micaela Patricia Reis achieved the highest-ever
finish for an Angolan beauty queen, first runner-up. Miss Reis had been
hand-picked by an international panel of judges. Since the late 1990s,
the African nation of Angola has competed in 11 Miss World
contests.BasketballDid you know- Astonishingly,Angola, a former war-torn
nation (from 1976 to 1992), has competed, without foreign coaches, in
five FIBA World Cups (Spain'86, Argentina'90, Canada'94, USA'02, and
Japan'06). In addition, the Angolan men's basketball team will be one of
the 24 squads present at the 2010 FIBA World Tournament in Istanbul,
Turkey. By 1986, in the World Championships, the Angolan team, which had
beat Australia (one of the world's top ten basketball teams) in the
previous round, placed 20th. By the early 2000s, it finished 11th in the
global tournament in Indianapolis (USA), ahead of China, Venezuela and
Canada. On the other hand, the nation has competed in five Olympic
tournaments (Barcelona'92, Atlanta'96, Sydney'00, Athens'04 and Beijing
'08). At the XXV Summer Games in Spain, Angola defeated the People's
Republic of China 79-69.Awards/ gold medals (1983-2009)1983: Regional
Tournament, Cairo (Egypt) - silver medal1985: African Tournament, Abidjan
(Ivory Coast) - silver medal1987: Continental Tournament, Tunis
(Tunisia)- bronze medal1987: All- Africa Games, Nairobi (Kenya) -
champions1989: Continental Tournament, Luanda (Angola) - winners1992:
African Cup, Cairo (Egypt)- gold medal1993: Continental Tournament,
Nairobi (Kenya) -gold medal1995: Continental Tournament- Algiers
(Algeria) -gold medal1997: African Cup, Dakar (Senegal)-bronze medal1997:
All- Africa Games, Harare (Zimbabwe) - champions1999: Regional
Tournament, Luanda (Angola)- winners1999: All- Africa Games, Johannesburg
(South Africa)- champions2001: African Tournament, Rabat (Morocco) -
winners2003: Regional Tournament, Cairo (Egypt)- champions2003: All-
Africa Games, Abuja (Nigeria) - champions2005: Regional Tournament,
Algiers (Algeria) - winners2007: Continental Tournament, Luanda (Angola)
- winners2007: All- Africa Games, Algiers (Algeria) - champions2009:
African Cup, Tripoli (Libya) - gold medal

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