Welcome to Luanda


Brief information about the Luanda

It's Angola port, and its important industrial, urban and cultural centre. Situated on the west shore with the Atlantic Ocean of Angola , Luanda is equally Angola's main seaport and its administrative centre.

It was set as São Paulo da Loanda by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais.

The city served as the centre of the slave trade to Brazil prior to its prohibition. For Portugal, most of the white Portuguese abandoned as refugees, principally at the start of the Angolan Civil War in 1975. Its infrastructure was insufficient to deal with the increase, although the population of luanda increased from refugees fleeing the war.

This caused the exacerbation of musseques, or slums , around Luanda. The city is currently undergoing a major reconstruction, with many large improvements taking place that will alter its cityscape. The industries within the city include the processing of agricultural products, beverage manufacturing, textile, cement car assembly plants, construction materials, plastics, metallurgy, cigarettes and shoes.

The city is also notable as an economic centre for petroleum, and there is a refinery located in the city. Luanda has been considered among the most expensive cities in the world for expatriates. The inhabitants of Luanda are members of the group of their Ambundu, but in recent times there has been a rise of the amount of the Bakongo and the Ovimbundu.

There is a European population. Luanda has been the host city for the 2010 African Cup of Nations' matches.