Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique, pronounced [ʁɛˈpublikɐ di musɐ̃ˈbiki]), is a country in southeastern Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. It was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975 and became the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly afterwards. It was the scene of an intense civil war from 1977 to 1992.
Mozambique is a member of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, the Community of Portuguese Language Countries and the Commonwealth of Nations and an observer of the Organisation internationale de la Francophonie.
Religion in Mozambique
According to the 1997 census, approximately half of the people of Mozambique are Christians (32.8% Roman Catholics and 17.5% Protestants), 27.8% are Muslims, 16.8% have other religious beliefs (about 0.1% are Buddhists) and 5.1% have no religion.
- The Complete Book of Buddha's Lists -- Explained. David N. Snyder, Ph.D., 2006.
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