Luanda Profile

Sao Paulo de Loanda was founded on 25th January 1575 by Portuguese explorer Paulo Dias de Novais and it served as the centre of the Portuguese slave trade to Brazil until 1836. By the time of independence from Portugal in 1975 the city, now known as Luanda, was mainly populated by white Portuguese, however, the Angolan civil war that broke out in that year saw most of the Portuguese fleeing the city back to Portugal or South Africa. The Angolan people flooded in ~ but without any of the requisite knowledge to run and maintain a city whose population was growing to the five million today. This mass influx created mass slums flowing out from the centre of Luanda which was simply not able to cope with the millions heading towards it.

By 2002 the situation had stabilised and Angola's vast oil and diamond production helped reconstruct the city until today, when it is considered one of the most expensive places to live on the African continent. This wealth is leading to a massive rebuilding within the city which is likely to drastically alter the city skyline over the next few years.

Located in the north-east of Angola on the Atlantic coast, the city is easily accessible via Quatro de Fevereiro airport, click below to make a virtual landing at Luanda! Check out our interactive map of Luanda below and zoom in on areas of interest.


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Luanda Profile

Luanda Profile

Luanda Profile

Luanda Profile

 


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A short video about Luanda, the capital city of the Republic of Angola, together with its history and some facts and figures, then make a virtual landing at Luanda Airport here.

 
 


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