Africa :: MOZAMBIQUE
  • Introduction :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • Almost five centuries as a Portuguese colony came to a close with independence in 1975. Large-scale emigration, economic dependence on South Africa, a severe drought, and a prolonged civil war hindered the country's development until the mid-1990s. The ruling Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (FRELIMO) party formally abandoned Marxism in 1989, and a new constitution the following year provided for multiparty elections and a free market economy. A UN-negotiated peace agreement between FRELIMO and rebel Mozambique National Resistance (RENAMO) forces ended the fighting in 1992. In 2004, Mozambique underwent a delicate transition as Joaquim CHISSANO stepped down after 18 years in office. His elected successor, Armando GUEBUZA, served two terms and then passed executive power to Filipe NYUSI in 2015. RENAMO’s residual armed forces have intermittently engaged in a low-level insurgency since 2012, although a late December 2016 ceasefire held throughout 2017.
  • Geography :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • Southeastern Africa, bordering the Mozambique Channel, between South Africa and Tanzania
    18 15 S, 35 00 E
    Africa
    total: 799,380 sq km
    land: 786,380 sq km
    water: 13,000 sq km
    country comparison to the world: 36
    slightly more than five times the size of Georgia; slightly less than twice the size of California
    total: 4,783 km
    border countries (6): Malawi 1,498 km, South Africa 496 km, Eswatini 108 km, Tanzania 840 km, Zambia 439 km, Zimbabwe 1,402 km
    2,470 km
    territorial sea: 12 nm
    exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
    tropical to subtropical
    mostly coastal lowlands, uplands in center, high plateaus in northwest, mountains in west
    mean elevation: 345 m
    elevation extremes: lowest point: Indian Ocean 0 m
    highest point: Monte Binga 2,436 m
    coal, titanium, natural gas, hydropower, tantalum, graphite
    agricultural land: 56.3%
    arable land 6.4%; permanent crops 0.3%; permanent pasture 49.6%
    forest: 43.7%
    other: 0% (2011 est.)
    1,180 sq km (2012)
    three large populations clusters are found along the southern coast between Maputo and Inhambane, in the central area between Beira and Chimoio along the Zambezi River, and in and around the northern cities of Nampula, Cidade de Nacala, and Pemba; the northwest and southwest are the least populated areas
    severe droughts; devastating cyclones and floods in central and southern provinces
    increased migration of the population to urban and coastal areas with adverse environmental consequences; desertification; water pollution caused by artisanal mining; pollution of surface and coastal waters; elephand poaching for ivory is a problem
    party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands
    signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
    the Zambezi River flows through the north-central and most fertile part of the country
  • People and Society :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • 26,573,706
    note: estimates for this country explicitly take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS; this can result in lower life expectancy, higher infant mortality, higher death rates, lower population growth rates, and changes in the distribution of population by age and sex than would otherwise be expected (July 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    noun: Mozambican(s)
    adjective: Mozambican
    African 99.66% (Makhuwa, Tsonga, Lomwe, Sena, and others), Europeans 0.06%, Euro-Africans 0.2%, Indians 0.08%
    Emakhuwa 25.3%, Portuguese (official) 10.7%, Xichangana 10.3%, Cisena 7.5%, Elomwe 7%, Echuwabo 5.1%, other Mozambican languages 30.1%, other 0.3%, unspecified 3.7% (2007 est.)
    Roman Catholic 28.4%, Muslim 17.9%, Zionist Christian 15.5%, Protestant 12.2% (includes Pentecostal 10.9% and Anglican 1.3%), other 6.7%, none 18.7%, unspecified 0.7% (2007 est.)
    Mozambique is a poor, sparsely populated country with high fertility and mortality rates and a rapidly growing youthful population – 45% of the population is younger than 15. Mozambique’s high poverty rate is sustained by natural disasters, disease, high population growth, low agricultural productivity, and the unequal distribution of wealth. The country’s birth rate is among the world’s highest, averaging around more than 5 children per woman (and higher in rural areas) for at least the last three decades. The sustained high level of fertility reflects gender inequality, low contraceptive use, early marriages and childbearing, and a lack of education, particularly among women. The high population growth rate is somewhat restrained by the country’s high HIV/AIDS and overall mortality rates. Mozambique ranks among the worst in the world for HIV/AIDS prevalence, HIV/AIDS deaths, and life expectancy at birth.
    Mozambique is predominantly a country of emigration, but internal, rural-urban migration has begun to grow. Mozambicans, primarily from the country’s southern region, have been migrating to South Africa for work for more than a century. Additionally, approximately 1.7 million Mozambicans fled to Malawi, South Africa, and other neighboring countries between 1979 and 1992 to escape from civil war. Labor migrants have usually been men from rural areas whose crops have failed or who are unemployed and have headed to South Africa to work as miners; multiple generations of the same family often become miners. Since the abolition of apartheid in South Africa in 1991, other job opportunities have opened to Mozambicans, including in the informal and manufacturing sectors, but mining remains their main source of employment.
    0-14 years: 44.72% (male 5,975,407/female 5,908,511)
    15-24 years: 21.57% (male 2,824,012/female 2,907,033)
    25-54 years: 27.42% (male 3,409,425/female 3,875,837)
    55-64 years: 3.4% (male 435,203/female 468,939)
    65 years and over: 2.9% (male 352,546/female 416,793) (2017 est.)
    total dependency ratio: 93.5
    youth dependency ratio: 87.5
    elderly dependency ratio: 6.1
    potential support ratio: 16.5 (2015 est.)
    total: 17.2 years
    male: 16.6 years
    female: 17.8 years (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 222
    2.46% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 20
    38.1 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 11
    11.6 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    -1.9 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    three large populations clusters are found along the southern coast between Maputo and Inhambane, in the central area between Beira and Chimoio along the Zambezi River, and in and around the northern cities of Nampula, Cidade de Nacala, and Pemba; the northwest and southwest are the least populated areas
    urban population: 36% of total population (2018)
    rate of urbanization: 4.35% annual rate of change (2015-20 est.)
    Matola 1.635 million; MAPUTO (capital) 1.102 million; Nampula 775,000 (2018)
    at birth: 1.01 male(s)/female
    0-14 years: 1.01 male(s)/female
    15-24 years: 0.97 male(s)/female
    25-54 years: 0.88 male(s)/female
    55-64 years: 0.92 male(s)/female
    65 years and over: 0.85 male(s)/female
    total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2017 est.)
    18.9 years
    median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2011 est.)
    489 deaths/100,000 live births (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 21
    total: 65.9 deaths/1,000 live births
    male: 67.9 deaths/1,000 live births
    female: 63.8 deaths/1,000 live births (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    total population: 53.7 years
    male: 52.9 years
    female: 54.5 years (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 215
    5.08 children born/woman (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 11
    27.1% (2015)
    7% of GDP (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    0.06 physicians/1,000 population (2013)
    0.7 beds/1,000 population (2011)
    improved:
    urban: 80.6% of population
    rural: 37% of population
    total: 51.1% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 19.4% of population
    rural: 63% of population
    total: 48.9% of population (2015 est.)
    improved:
    urban: 42.4% of population
    rural: 10.1% of population
    total: 20.5% of population
    unimproved:
    urban: 57.6% of population
    rural: 89.9% of population
    total: 79.5% of population (2015 est.)
    12.5% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    2.1 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    70,000 (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 4
    degree of risk: very high
    food or waterborne diseases: bacterial and protozoal diarrhea, hepatitis A, and typhoid fever
    vectorborne diseases: malaria and dengue fever
    water contact disease: schistosomiasis
    animal contact disease: rabies (2016)
    7.2% (2016)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    15.6% (2011)
    country comparison to the world: 44
    6.5% of GDP (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 78
    definition: age 15 and over can read and write
    total population: 58.8%
    male: 73.3%
    female: 45.4% (2015 est.)
    total: 10 years
    male: 10 years
    female: 9 years (2014)
    total: 7.4%
    male: 7.7%
    female: 7.1% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 18
  • Government :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • conventional long form: Republic of Mozambique
    conventional short form: Mozambique
    local long form: Republica de Mocambique
    local short form: Mocambique
    former: Portuguese East Africa, People's Republic of Mozambique
    etymology: named for the offshore island of Mozambique; the island was apparently named after Mussa al-BIK, an influential Arab slave trader who set himself up as sultan on the island in the 15th century
    presidential republic
    name: Maputo
    geographic coordinates: 25 57 S, 32 35 E
    time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
    10 provinces (provincias, singular - provincia), 1 city (cidade)*; Cabo Delgado, Gaza, Inhambane, Manica, Maputo, Cidade de Maputo*, Nampula, Niassa, Sofala, Tete, Zambezia
    25 June 1975 (from Portugal)
    Independence Day, 25 June (1975)
    history: previous 1975, 1990; latest adopted 16 November 2004, effective 21 December 2004
    amendments: proposed by the president of the republic or supported by at least one-third of the Assembly of the Republic membership; passage of amendments affecting constitutional provisions including the independence and sovereignty of the state, the republican form of government, basic rights and freedoms, and universal suffrage requires at least a two-thirds majority vote by the Assembly and approval in a referendum; referenda not required for passage of other amendments; amended 2007, 2018 (2018)
    mixed legal system of Portuguese civil law, and customary law; note - in rural, predominately Muslim villages with no formal legal system, Islamic law may be applied
    has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; non-party state to the ICCt
    citizenship by birth: no
    citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must be a citizen of Mozambique
    dual citizenship recognized: no
    residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years
    18 years of age; universal
    chief of state: President Filipe Jacinto NYUSI (since 15 January 2015)
    head of government: President Filipe Jacinto NYUSI (since 15 January 2015); Prime Minister Carlos Agostinho DO ROSARIO (since 17 January 2015)
    cabinet: Cabinet appointed by the president
    elections/appointments: president elected directly by absolute majority popular vote in 2 rounds if needed for a 5-year term (eligible for 2 consecutive terms); election last held on 15 October 2014 (next to be held on 15 October 2019); prime minister appointed by the president
    election results: Filipe NYUSI elected president in first round; percent of vote - Filipe NYUSI (FRELIMO) 57.0%, Afonso DHLAKAMA (RENAMO) 36.6%, Daviz SIMANGO (MDM) 6.4%
    description: unicameral Assembly of the Republic or Assembleia da Republica (250 seats; members elected in single- and multi-seat constituencies by party-list proportional representation vote and 2 members representing Mozambicans abroad appointed by the elected party; members serve 5-year terms)
    elections: last held on 15 October 2014 (next to be held in October 2019)
    election results: percent of vote by party - FRELIMO 55.9%, RENAMO 32.5%, MDM 8.4%, other 3.2%; seats by party - FRELIMO 144, RENAMO 89, MDM 17
    highest court(s): Supreme Court (consists of the court president, vice president, and 5 judges); Constitutional Council (consists of 7 judges); note - the Higher Council of the Judiciary is responsible for judiciary management and discipline
    judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court president appointed by the president of the republic; vice president appointed by the president in consultation with the Higher Council of the Judiciary (CSMJ) and ratified by the Assembly of the Republic; other judges elected by the Assembly; judges serve 5-year renewable terms; Constitutional Council judges appointed - 1 by the president, 5 by the Assembly, and 1 by the CSMJ; judges serve 5-year nonrenewable terms
    subordinate courts: Administrative Court (capital city only); provincial courts or Tribunais Judicias de Provincia; District Courts or Tribunais Judicias de Districto; customs courts; maritime courts; courts marshal; labor courts; community courts
    Democratic Movement of Mozambique (Movimento Democratico de Mocambique) or MDM [Daviz SIMANGO]
    Front for the Liberation of Mozambique (Frente de Liberatacao de Mocambique) or FRELIMO [Filipe NYUSI]
    Mozambican National Resistance (Resistencia Nacional Mocambicana) or RENAMO [Afonso DHLAKAMA]
    ACP, AfDB, AU, C, CD, CPLP, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (NGOs), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), MIGA, NAM, OIC, OIF (observer), OPCW, SADC, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, Union Latina, UNISFA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
    chief of mission: Ambassador Carlos DOS SANTOS (since 28 January 2016)
    chancery: 1525 New Hampshire Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
    telephone: [1] (202) 293-7146
    FAX: [1] (202) 835-0245
    chief of mission: Ambassador H. Dean PITTMAN (since 18 February 2016)
    embassy: Avenida Kenneth Kuanda 193, Maputo
    mailing address: P.O. Box 783, Maputo
    telephone: [258] (21) 49 2797
    FAX: [258] (21) 49 0114
    three equal horizontal bands of green (top), black, and yellow with a red isosceles triangle based on the hoist side; the black band is edged in white; centered in the triangle is a yellow five-pointed star bearing a crossed rifle and hoe in black superimposed on an open white book; green represents the riches of the land, white peace, black the African continent, yellow the country's minerals, and red the struggle for independence; the rifle symbolizes defense and vigilance, the hoe refers to the country's agriculture, the open book stresses the importance of education, and the star represents Marxism and internationalism
    note: one of only two national flags featuring a firearm, the other is Guatemala
    national colors: green, black, yellow, white, red
    name: "Patria Amada" (Lovely Fatherland)
    lyrics/music: Salomao J. MANHICA/unknown
    note: adopted 2002
  • Economy :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • At independence in 1975, Mozambique was one of the world's poorest countries. Socialist policies, economic mismanagement, and a brutal civil war from 1977 to 1992 further impoverished the country. In 1987, the government embarked on a series of macroeconomic reforms designed to stabilize the economy. These steps, combined with donor assistance and with political stability since the multi-party elections in 1994, propelled the country’s GDP, in purchasing power parity terms, from $4 billion in 1993 to about $37 billion in 2017. Fiscal reforms, including the introduction of a value-added tax and reform of the customs service, have improved the government's revenue collection abilities. In spite of these gains, about half the population remains below the poverty line and subsistence agriculture continues to employ the vast majority of the country's work force.
    Mozambique's once substantial foreign debt was reduced through forgiveness and rescheduling under the IMF's Heavily Indebted Poor Countries (HIPC) and Enhanced HIPC initiatives. However, in 2016, information surfaced revealing that the Mozambican Government was responsible for over $2 billion in government-backed loans secured between 2012-14 by state-owned defense and security companies without parliamentary approval or national budget inclusion; this prompted the IMF and international donors to halt direct budget support to the Government of Mozambique. An international audit was performed on Mozambique’s debt in 2016-17, but debt restructuring and resumption of donor support have yet to occur.
    Mozambique grew at an average annual rate of 6%-8% in the decade leading up to 2015, one of Africa's strongest performances, but the sizable external debt burden, donor withdrawal, elevated inflation, and currency depreciation contributed to slower growth in 2016-17.
    Two major International consortiums, led by American companies ExxonMobil and Anadarko, are seeking approval to develop massive natural gas deposits off the coast of Cabo Delgado province, in what has the potential to become the largest infrastructure project in Africa. . The government predicts sales of liquefied natural gas from these projects could generate several billion dollars in revenues annually sometime after 2022.
    $36.73 billion (2017 est.)
    $35.4 billion (2016 est.)
    $33.21 billion (2015 est.)
    note: data are in 2017 dollars
    country comparison to the world: 124
    $12.68 billion (2017 est.)
    3% (2017 est.)
    3.8% (2016 est.)
    6.6% (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    $1,200 (2017 est.)
    $1,200 (2016 est.)
    $1,200 (2015 est.)
    note: data are in 2017 dollars
    country comparison to the world: 225
    27.9% of GDP (2017 est.)
    3.4% of GDP (2016 est.)
    5% of GDP (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    household consumption: 67.3%
    government consumption: 24.5%
    investment in fixed capital: 19.5%
    investment in inventories: 24.9%
    exports of goods and services: 42.6%
    imports of goods and services: -78.8% (2017 est.)
    agriculture: 22.3%
    industry: 23%
    services: 54.7% (2017 est.)
    cotton, cashew nuts, sugarcane, tea, cassava (manioc, tapioca), corn, coconuts, sisal, citrus and tropical fruits, potatoes, sunflowers; beef, poultry
    aluminum, petroleum products, chemicals (fertilizer, soap, paints), textiles, cement, glass, asbestos, tobacco, food, beverages
    10.5% (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 9
    12.98 million (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 45
    agriculture: 74.4%
    industry: 3.9%
    services: 21.7% (2015 est.)
    24.5% (2017 est.)
    25% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 195
    46.1% (2015 est.)
    lowest 10%: 1.9%
    highest 10%: 36.7% (2008)
    45.6 (2008)
    47.3 (2002)
    country comparison to the world: 37
    revenues: $2.758 billion
    expenditures: $3.607 billion (2017 est.)
    22.3% of GDP (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 137
    -6.9% of GDP (2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 185
    102.2% of GDP (2017 est.)
    118.8% of GDP (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 18
    calendar year
    15.3% (2017 est.)
    19.2% (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 214
    19% (4 November 2017)
    23.25% (31 December 2016)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    27% (31 December 2017 est.)
    21.18% (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 8
    $4.278 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $3.411 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 110
    $6.496 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $5.142 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 122
    $5.231 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $4.242 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 127
    $NA
    -$2.039 billion (2017 est.)
    -$4.424 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 161
    $4.773 billion (2017 est.)
    $3.328 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 112
    aluminum, prawns, cashews, cotton, sugar, citrus, timber; bulk electricity
    India 28.1%, Netherlands 24.4%, South Africa 16.7% (2017)
    $5.021 billion (2017 est.)
    $4.733 billion (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 124
    machinery and equipment, vehicles, fuel, chemicals, metal products, foodstuffs, textiles
    South Africa 36.8%, China 7%, UAE 6.8%, India 6.2%, Portugal 4.4% (2017)
    $2.193 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $2.081 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 117
    $10.27 billion (31 December 2017 est.)
    $10.48 billion (31 December 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 113
    meticais (MZM) per US dollar -
    64.4 (2017 est.)
    63.07 (2016 est.)
    63.07 (2015 est.)
    39.98 (2014 est.)
    31.37 (2013 est.)
  • Energy :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • population without electricity: 15,700,000
    electrification - total population: 39%
    electrification - urban areas: 66%
    electrification - rural areas: 27% (2013)
    19.58 billion kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 76
    13.86 billion kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
    12.88 billion kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 17
    10.55 billion kWh (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 25
    2.556 million kW (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 104
    14% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 196
    0% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 149
    85.6% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 13
    0.5% of total installed capacity (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 152
    0 bbl/day (2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 173
    0 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 166
    0 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 167
    0 bbl (1 January 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 171
    0 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 179
    23,000 bbl/day (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 134
    0 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 183
    21,890 bbl/day (2014 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 116
    5.695 billion cu m (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 50
    1.895 billion cu m (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 81
    3.8 billion cu m (2015 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 34
    0 cu m (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 160
    2.832 trillion cu m (1 January 2017 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 14
    3.9 million Mt (2013 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 135
  • Communications :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • total subscriptions: 82,421
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: less than 1 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 146
    total subscriptions: 15,025,598
    subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 57 (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 66
    general assessment: the mobile segment has shown strong growth since the introduction of competition in 2003; poor fixed-line infrastructure means most Internet access is through mobile accounts
    domestic: extremely low fixed-line teledensity contrasts with rapid growth in the mobile-cellular network; three mobile-cellular operators provide coverage that includes all the main cities and key roads; mobile-cellular teledensity now about 70 per 100 persons
    international: country code - 258; landing point for the EASSy and SEACOM fiber-optic submarine cable systems; satellite earth stations - 5 Intelsat (2 Atlantic Ocean and 3 Indian Ocean) (2016)
    1 state-run TV station supplemented by private TV station; Portuguese state TV's African service, RTP Africa, and Brazilian-owned TV Miramar are available; state-run radio provides nearly 100% territorial coverage and broadcasts in multiple languages; a number of privately owned and community-operated stations; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters are available (2007)
    .mz
    total: 4,543,284
    percent of population: 17.5% (July 2016 est.)
    country comparison to the world: 82
  • Transportation :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • number of registered air carriers: 3
    inventory of registered aircraft operated by air carriers: 16
    annual passenger traffic on registered air carriers: 686,892
    annual freight traffic on registered air carriers: 5,138,916 mt-km (2015)
    C9 (2016)
    98 (2013)
    country comparison to the world: 57
    total: 21
    over 3,047 m: 1
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 2
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 9
    914 to 1,523 m: 5
    under 914 m: 4 (2017)
    total: 77
    2,438 to 3,047 m: 1
    1,524 to 2,437 m: 9
    914 to 1,523 m: 29
    under 914 m: 38 (2013)
    gas 972 km; refined products 278 km (2013)
    total: 4,787 km
    narrow gauge: 4,787 km 1.067-m gauge (2014)
    country comparison to the world: 40
    total: 31,083 km
    paved: 7,365 km
    unpaved: 23,718 km (2015)
    country comparison to the world: 96
    460 km (Zambezi River navigable to Tete and along Cahora Bassa Lake) (2010)
    country comparison to the world: 85
    total: 27
    by type: general cargo 10, other 17 (2017)
    country comparison to the world: 131
    major seaport(s): Beira, Maputo, Nacala
  • Military and Security :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • 1.03% of GDP (2016)
    0.99% of GDP (2015)
    1.02% of GDP (2014)
    0.99% of GDP (2013)
    0.91% of GDP (2012)
    country comparison to the world: 111
    Mozambique Armed Defense Forces (Forcas Armadas de Defesa de Mocambique, FADM): Mozambique Army, Mozambique Navy (Marinha de Guerra de Mocambique, MGM), Mozambique Air Force (Forca Aerea de Mocambique, FAM) (2012)
    registration for military service is mandatory for all males and females at 18 years of age; 18-35 years of age for selective compulsory military service; 18 years of age for voluntary service; 2-year service obligation; women may serve as officers or enlisted (2012)
  • Transnational Issues :: MOZAMBIQUE

  • South Africa has placed military units to assist police operations along the border of Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Mozambique to control smuggling, poaching, and illegal migration
    IDPs: 10,368 (Democratic Republic of Congo) (refugees and asylum seekers) (2018)
    southern African transit point for South Asian hashish and heroin, and South American cocaine probably destined for the European and South African markets; producer of cannabis (for local consumption) and methaqualone (for export to South Africa); corruption and poor regulatory capability make the banking system vulnerable to money laundering, but the lack of a well-developed financial infrastructure limits the country's utility as a money-laundering center