Egypt, a country linking northeast Africa with the Middle East, dates to the time of the pharaohs. Millennia-old monuments sit along the fertile Nile River Valley, including Giza’s colossal Pyramids and Great Sphinx as well as Luxor’s hieroglyph-lined Karnak Temple and Valley of the Kings tombs. The capital, Cairo, is home to Ottoman landmarks like Muhammad Ali Mosque and the Egyptian Museum, a trove of antiquities.

Anthem: Bilady, Bilady, Bilady
“بلادي، بلادي، بلادي”
“My country, my country, my country”

Angola is located in the western region of Southern Africa. It is one of the 6 Portuguese speaking countries in Africa. Angolan nationals are proud, defiant and resolute. After a protracted anti-colonial struggle, independence was achieved in 1975. The Marxist–Leninist People’s Republic of Angola, which took over after independence, was a one-party state supported by the Soviet Union and Cuba. The civil war between the ruling People’s Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and the insurgent anti-communist National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA), supported by the United States and South Africa, lasted until 2002. The sovereign state has since become a relatively stable unitary, presidential constitutional republic.

Virtus Unita Fortior  (Latin)
(English: “Virtue is stronger when united”)

Anthem: Angola Avante
(English: “Onwards Angola”)

Listen to the Angola national anthem in Portuguese
Portuguese lyricsEnglish translation
O Pátria, nunca mais esqueceremos
Os heróis do Quatro de Fevereiro.
O Pátria, nós saudamos os teus filhos
Tombados pela nossa Independência.
Honramos o passado e a nossa História,
Construindo no Trabalho o Homem novo,
Angola, avante!
Revolução, pelo Poder Popular!
Pátria Unida, Liberdade,
Um só povo, uma só Nação!
Levantemos nossas vozes libertadas
Para glória dos povos africanos.
Marchemos, combatentes angolanos,
Solidários com os povos oprimidos.
Orgulhosos lutaremos pela Paz
Com as forças progressistas do mundo.
Oh Fatherland, we shall never forget
The heroes of the Fourth of February.
Oh Fatherland, we salute your children
Who died for our Independence.
We honor the past and our History,
As by our work we build the New Man.
Forward, Angola!
Revolution through the power of the People!
A United Country, Freedom,
One People, one Nation!
Let us raise our liberated voices
For the glory of the peoples of Africa.
We shall march, Angolan fighters,
In solidarity with oppressed peoples.
We shall fight proudly for Peace
Along with the progressive forces of the world.

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