Mozambique

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Mozambican Fact 1 (May 30–June 5, 2010)

In 2006, Mozambique revalued its currency: 1,000 meticais now equals one meticais.  Thus, the exchange rate in 2005 was 23,061 meticais to the American dollar, while now, the rate is 27.4 to the dollar.

Mozambican Fact 2 (June 6–June 12, 2010)

Mozambique has the third highest death rate in the world (1.983%), behind Angola and Zambia.  This is nearly one death for every two births, and results in an average life span of 41.37 years, and only 2.9% of the population being over 65.

Mozambican Fact 3 (June 13–June 19, 2010)

Mozambique and most of the surrounding countries use a 1.067 m (3.501 ft) railroad gauge.  Mozambique has the third most track in that gauge in the world (behind Japan and Indonesia). Bordering South Africa uses a different, but probably compatible, gauge of 1.065 m (3.494 ft), just 2 mm (0.08 in) smaller.

Mozambican Fact 4 (June 20–June 26, 2010)

The 2009 inflation rate in Mozambique is 3.5%, down significantly from 2008’s 10.3%

Mozambican Fact 5 (June 27–July 3, 2010)

There are three Mozambican politcal parties: the Democratic Movement of Mozambique, the Front for the Liberation of Mozambique, and the Mozambique National Resistance.