Languages of Angola

What languages are spoken in Angola?

1. Portuguese - official language
2. Umbundu
3. Kikongo
4. Kimbundu
5. Luvale
6. Kwanyama (Oshiwambo)
7. Cokwe/Chokwe
8. Lucazi
9. Mbangala
10. Ibinda
11. Nyaneka
12. Mbwela
13. Nyemba
14. Yaka
15. Lunda
16. Nkumbi
17. Mbunda
18. Ruund
19. Kuvale
20. Luba-Kasai
21. Songo
22. Luimbi
23. Yombe
24. Mpinda
25. Suku
26. Gciriku
27. Sama
28. Holu
29. Ndombe
30. Nkangala
31. Kwangali
32. Himba/Herero
33. Khongo
34. Dhimba/Zemba
35. Yauma
36. Ngandyera (Oshiwambo)
37. Nyengo
38. Kwandu
39. Northwestern !Kung
40. Kung-Ekoka
41. Mbukushu
42. Makoma
43. Kibala
44. Mashi
45. Ngendelengo
46. Khwedam

  1. Portuguese: Portuguese is the primary official language of Angola and is used for government affairs, education, and official documents. It is also the medium of instruction in schools and the language of the media.

  2. Umbundu: Umbundu, one of the Bantu languages, is among the most widely spoken indigenous languages in Angola. It is primarily used in the central and southern regions of the country.

  3. Kimbundu: Kimbundu is another significant Bantu language in Angola and is primarily spoken in the central and western parts of the country.

  4. Kikongo: Kikongo is spoken in the northwestern regions of Angola and has a considerable number of speakers.

  5. Chokwe: Chokwe is predominantly spoken in the northeastern regions, near the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

  6. Ovambo: Ovambo is spoken in the southern part of the country, near the border with Namibia.

Basic Information about Angola:

Angola is a country located in Southern Africa, known for its stunning landscapes, diverse cultures, and a history marked by conflict and reconciliation. It gained independence from Portuguese colonial rule in 1975 and has since worked to rebuild and develop its infrastructure and economy.

Interesting Facts about Angola:

  1. Natural Beauty: Angola boasts a wide range of natural beauty, including the dramatic landscapes of the Tundavala Fissure, the mesmerizing waterfalls of Kalandula, and the lush Okavango Delta in the north.

  2. Wildlife Diversity: The country is home to a rich variety of wildlife, including elephants, lions, and various antelope species. Angola's national parks and protected areas are vital for conservation efforts.

  3. Cultural Diversity: Angola's diverse ethnic groups each contribute to the nation's rich cultural tapestry. Traditional dances, music, and art are an integral part of the culture.

  4. Ongoing Reconciliation: Angola has made significant progress in moving past its history of civil conflict, with a focus on reconciliation, stability, and economic growth.

  5. Oil and Diamonds: Angola is one of Africa's leading oil producers, and it has significant diamond reserves. These natural resources are crucial to the country's economy.

  6. Languages and Identity: Angola's linguistic diversity reflects its multi-ethnic makeup, and the preservation of indigenous languages plays a vital role in maintaining cultural heritage.


Back to blog