Etiquette in Angola

Angola is located in southern Africa on the Atlantic coast and has a population of over 24 million people.

The country is a unitary presidential republic

The official language of Angola is Portuguese. However, nationally recognized languages include Kikongo, Chokwe, Umbundu, Kimbundu, Nganguela, and Kwanyama.

Most religious communities in Angola are Christian. There are smaller minorities of indigenous Tokoist followers and followers of Islam.

The currency of Angola is the Kwanza.

People typically shake hands and don’t rush through greetings. They will ask after family.

Eye contact is expected except for when you are meeting an elder. Women in rural areas might not make eye contact.

Always greet the eldest person first. Here, a bow is more appropriate than a handshake.

Fruit, flowers, and chocolates are considered good gifts. A small gift for children is also appropriate.

Gift-giving is only really practiced in city areas.

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