Angola Luanda Places to Visit

Angola 2007

Yearbook 2007 Angola. Large oil and diamond deposits and high world market prices helped Angola maintain the strong economic growth rate of recent years. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) estimated Angola’s growth to 23 percent in 2007, but at the same time criticized the lack of transparency in the operations of state oil and diamond […]

Benin Porto Novo Places to Visit

Benin 2007

Yearbook 2007 Benin. According to CountryAAH, Porto-Novo is the capital city of Benin. The Kauri forces of an emerging Benin, an alliance of about twenty parties supporting the new President Boni Yayi, received 35 of Parliament’s 83 seats in the March 31 election. A smaller alliance around former President Nicéphore Soglo was given 20 seats. […]

Botswana Gaborone Places to Visit

Botswana 2007

Yearbook 2007 Botswana. At the beginning of the year, Botswana border control against Zimbabwe sharpened the fear of a stream of illegal immigrants, after a large number of opposition groups were arrested in neighboring countries following protests against the Mugabe regime. Relations between Botswana and Zimbabwe have deteriorated since the Botswana government began building an […]

Cape Verde Praia Places to Visit

Cabo Verde 2007

Yearbook 2007 Cape Verde. According to CountryAAH, Praia is the capital city of Cape Verde. Cape Verde has had a strong economic development for a number of years and growth for 2007 was estimated at about 7 percent. The country stands on the threshold of stepping out of the “least developed countries” category, which means […]

Comoros Moroni Places to Visit

Comoros 2007

Yearbook 2007 Comoros. Violence erupted on the island of Nzwani (Anjouan) ahead of the local presidential elections in June. The incumbent President Mohamed Bacar refused to step down, even though his term in office had expired. Nzwani’s paramilitary police force attacked the Union troops sent to the island to ensure that the elections could be […]

Egypt Cairo Places to Visit

Egypt 2007

Yearbook 2007 Egypt. The contradictions between the government and various opposition forces intensified during the year. On March 19, Parliament voted in favor of 34 constitutional increments which the opposition believed were anti-democratic. a ban on the formation of religiously based parties and a restriction on the judiciary’s control of elections and referendums. In a […]

Swaziland Mbabana Places to Visit

Eswatini 2007

Yearbook 2007 Swaziland. During the year, the conflict between the opposition and the king continued in Africa’s only absolute monarchy. In April, 16 members of the banned opposition movement PUDEMO (People’s United Democratic Movement) were arrested in a protest action demanding democratization. In the same month, it became known that King Mswati III married his […]

Ethiopia Addis Ababa Places to Visit

Ethiopia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Ethiopia. After twelve years of trial, former dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam was sentenced in January in his absence to life imprisonment. Along with eleven of his closest advisers, he was charged with 211 counts of genocide, murder, illegal imprisonment and illegal possession of property. According to CountryAAH, Addis Ababa is the capital city […]

Gambia Banjul Places to Visit

Gambia 2007

Yearbook 2007 The Gambia. As expected, the ruling party Alliance for Patriotic Reorientation and Construction (APRC) won big in the parliamentary elections in January and received 42 of the 48 seats that were at stake. There was a slight decline from the 2002 election, which was, however, boycotted by most opposition parties. Four seats went […]

Ghana Accra Places to Visit

Ghana 2007

Yearbook 2007 Ghana. According to CountryAAH, Accra is the capital city of Ghana. President John Kufuor was elected President of the African Union (AU) in January. It was the second year in a row that the AU chose to bypass the Sudanese president because of the difficult situation in the Darfur region. In February, a […]

Ivory Coast Yamoussoukro Places to Visit

Ivory Coast 2007

Yearbook 2007 Ivory Coast. At the beginning of the year, the situation in the conflict that split the Ivory Coast since 2002 seemed completely locked. Even more surprising was the news in March that the government and the rebels from the north had made peace after mediating the government in neighboring Burkina Faso. Former rebel […]

Kenya Nairobi Places to Visit

Kenya 2007

Yearbook 2007 Kenya. After coming to power in 2002 on the promise to put an end to corruption, President Mwai Kibaki and his government have long been criticized for perhaps even more widespread corruption than under its predecessor Daniel arap Moi. During this election year 2007, Kibaki therefore found it necessary to show initiative and […]

Lesotho Maseru Places to Visit

Lesotho 2007

Yearbook 2007 Lesotho. In the February parliamentary elections, ruling Lesotho conquered Congress for Democracy (LCD). According to CountryAAH, Maseru is the capital city of Lesotho. Of the 80 direct-elected seats, 61 were granted LCD, while the All Basotho Convention (ABC) received only 17 seats. ABC was formed in the autumn of 2006 by former Foreign […]

Liberia Monrovia Places to Visit

Liberia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Liberia. After many difficult years, the tormented Liberia hoped for a better future. Sales of diamonds could be resumed after the UN Security Council lifted the export ban. It was introduced to prevent diamond sales from funding warfare in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone. The world’s largest steelmaker, Arcelor Mittal, decided to invest […]

Madagascar Antananarivo Places to Visit

Madagascar 2007

Yearbook 2007 Madagascar. According to CountryAAH, Antananarivo is the capital city of Madagascar. President Marc Ravalomanana, who took up his second term in December 2006, reformed the government in January. As new prime minister, he appointed his campaign manager Charles Rabemananjara, a former interior minister with a past in the army. In a referendum in […]

Malawi Lilongwe Places to Visit

Malawi 2007

Yearbook 2007 Malawi. As in recent years, 2007 was marked by a power struggle between President Bingu wa Mutharika and the opposition. According to CountryAAH, Lilongwe is the capital city of Malawi. The conflict stems from the fact that the president formed his own party shortly after he was elected as a candidate for the […]

Mauritius Port Louis Places to Visit

Mauritius 2007

Yearbook 2007 Mauritius. About 2,000 people from the British-controlled Chagos Islands in the Indian Ocean, who were displaced from there 30 years ago, were allowed to return home in May. According to CountryAAH, Port Louis is the capital city of Mauritius. An appeal court in London then rejected an appeal from the British government and […]

Morocco Rabat Places to Visit

Morocco 2007

Yearbook 2007 Morocco. According to CountryAAH, Rabat is the capital city of Morocco. The state’s struggle against militant Islamists escalated. On January 4, 26 Moroccans were arrested on suspicion of being part of a terrorist network recruiting militant Islamists to the Iraq war. On March 2, eight people were sentenced to imprisonment of up to […]

Mozambique Maputo Places to Visit

Mozambique 2007

Yearbook 2007 Mozambique. As a sign that the civil war in Mozambique may begin to be adapted to history books, the British HALO Foundation announced that it has completed 13 years of mine clearance work in the northern provinces. In the central parts of the country, the government has already assumed responsibility for harming the […]

Namibia Windhoek Places to Visit

Namibia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Namibia. According to CountryAAH, Windhoek is the capital city of Namibia. Ten men were sentenced in August to between 30 and 32 years in prison for treason. They were charged with participating in an armed uprising in the Caprivi Strip in 1999 and have been in custody since 2002. A parallel trial against […]

Nigeria Abuja Places to Visit

Nigeria 2007

Yearbook 2007 Nigeria. The first months of the year were completely dominated by the preparations for the general elections to be held in April. A fierce and aggressive atmosphere characterized the country. According to CountryAAH, Abuja is the capital city of Nigeria. Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who supported the ruling party in 2006 by criticizing […]

Republic of the Congo Brazzaville Places to Visit

Republic of the Congo 2007

Yearbook 2007 Congo. Under chaotic forms, parliamentary elections were held in June and August. Despite protests against major shortcomings in the arrangements, the election was approved, and the ruling Labor Party with allies was declared victors with 124 of the 137 seats. However, the head of the election authority was dismissed. According to CountryAAH, Brazzaville […]

Rwanda Kigali Places to Visit

Rwanda 2007

Yearbook 2007 Rwanda. According to CountryAAH, Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda. The French counterpart to the Migration Court in February rejected an asylum application from Agathe Habyarimana, widow of Rwanda’s former president Juvénal Habyarimana. The reason for the rejection was that she may have been responsible for genocide, which the Rwandan government claimed […]

Sao Tome and Principe Sao Tome Places to Visit

Sao Tome and Principe 2007

Yearbook 2007 São Tomé and Príncipe. According to CountryAAH, Sao Tome is the capital city of Sao Tome and Principe. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund repaid São Tomé and Príncipe’s multilateral debt of US $ 327 million, representing 91 percent of the country’s total foreign debt. Debt amortization, a reward for the […]

Senegal Dakar Places to Visit

Senegal 2007

Yearbook 2007 Senegal. According to CountryAAH, Dakar is the capital city of Senegal. Catholic priest Augustin Diamacoune Senghor, one of the leaders of the MFDC (Movement des Forces Democratique de la Casamance) separatist movement in Casamance in the south, died in January in Paris. Before the presidential and parliamentary elections during the year, several interventions […]

Seychelles Victoria Places to Visit

Seychelles 2007

Yearbook 2007 Seychelles. According to CountryAAH, Victoria is the capital city of Seychelles. President James Michel’s ruling party, the Seychelles Progressive People’s Front (SPPF), retained its 23 seats in the National Assembly following the May 10-12 parliamentary elections. The party, which has ruled since 1977, still has an absolute majority in the parliament, which has […]

Slovakia Bratislava Places to Visit

Slovakia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Slovakia. After last year’s economic growth of 7.9 percent, the government feared overheating and rising inflation. Therefore, in March it was decided to write up the value of the Slovak Koruna against the euro by 8.5 percent. According to CountryAAH, Bratislava is the capital city of Slovakia. Economic growth was largely based on […]

Slovenia Ljubljana Places to Visit

Slovenia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Slovenia. From the turn of the year, Slovenia became the 13th country to join the EU’s monetary union EMU. According to CountryAAH, Ljubljana is the capital city of Slovenia. The switch from the old currency tolls to the euro went painlessly, although some consumers complained about price increases. In the autumn, the Slovenians […]

South Africa Cape Town Places to Visit

South Africa 2007

Yearbook 2007 South Africa. According to CountryAAH, Cape Town is the capital city of South Africa. The most extensive strikes since the apartheid era were carried out during the year. Throughout June, about half a million civil servants quit the job, leading to the closure of most schools and the emergency medical services only with […]

Suriname Paramaribo Places to Visit

Suriname 2007

Yearbook 2007 Suriname. According to CountryAAH, Paramaribo is the capital city of Suriname. A UN committee set up to resolve the protracted border dispute between Suriname and Guyana came on September 21 with its ruling; both countries received half of the disputed offshore land area, where large oil deposits are believed to exist. Both governments […]

Tanzania Dodoma Places to Visit

Tanzania 2007

Yearbook 2007 Tanzania. According to CountryAAH, DDodoma is the capital city of Tanzania. Foreign Minister Asha-Rose Migiro was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the UN in February. She had been Foreign Minister for just one year, before that she was responsible for rural development, gender equality and children’s rights for four years. The human rights organization […]

Togo Lome Places to Visit

Togo 2007

Yearbook 2007 Togo. After almost four months of delay for technical and organizational reasons, general elections were held in October. For the first time since 1990, the leading opposition party was running. According to CountryAAH, Lome is the capital city of Togo. The Union of Change (UFC), led by fugitive politician Gilchrist Olympio, boycotted a […]

Tunisia Tunis Places to Visit

Tunisia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Tunisia. Police hit several times during the year along with people suspected of being militant Islamists. In January, twelve people were killed – according to the government terrorists – in fighting four miles south of the capital Tunis. Fifteen people were arrested. In April, about 1,000 people in the past two years were […]

Uganda Kampala Places to Visit

Uganda 2007

Yearbook 2007 Uganda. Peace talks between the government and the militia movement According to CountryAAH, Kampala is the capital city of Uganda. The Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was held in rounds in southern Sudan. The ceasefire closed in 2006 was renewed in mid-April after expiring February 28. In an attempt to speed up the negotiations, […]

Uzbekistan Tashkent Places to Visit

Uzbekistan 2007

Yearbook 2007 Uzbekistan. In April, the Uzbek regime stopped the UN Commissioner for Human Rights from visiting the country. But international criticism of the regime’s repression of human rights became fierce during the year. According to CountryAAH, Tashkent is the capital city of Uzbekistan. Human Rights Watch and the UN Committee Against Torture presented reports […]

Zambia Lusaka Places to Visit

Zambia 2007

Yearbook 2007 Zambia. Disagreement over a new constitution characterized the domestic policy debate during the year. The most contentious issue in the new constitution concerns changes in the president’s power. The opposition accused the government of delaying the process and directing the work too much. According to CountryAAH, Lusaka is the capital city of Zambia. […]

Zimbabwe Harare Places to Visit

Zimbabwe 2007

Yearbook 2007 Zimbabwe. According to CountryAAH, Harare is the capital city of Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe remained one of Africa’s most controversial countries, in constant confrontation with the Western world. Opposition politicians were subjected to repeated police interventions and beatings. One of the few who openly dared to criticize President Robert Mugabe and his government was the […]

Information about South Africa

Information about South Africa

South Africa is a scenic and exciting country, which offers magnificent safari adventures, interesting culture and history and not least world-class diving. South Africa is perfect for combining an active holiday with relaxation on beautiful beaches. On this page you will find practical information and facts about South Africa. PRACTICAL INFORMATION ABOUT TRAVELING IN SOUTH […]

Democratic Republic of Congo History

Democratic Republic of Congo History

HISTORY: THE DICTATORSHIP OF MOBUTO AND THE REPUBLIC OF ZAIRE Mobutu was officially elected president in 1970 and established a strongly authoritarian regime. In 1971 the Democratic Republic of the Congo took the name of the Republic of Zaire. During the Angolan civil war (1975-76), the country assumed an ambiguous position, hosting and favoring the […]

Flora and fauna in Zambia

Geography in Zambia

Zambia borders the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north and northwest, Angola to the west, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe to the south, and Mozambique, Malawi and Tanzania from southeast to northeast. According to ezinereligion, Zambia’s 752,614 km² land area is mostly located on low relief plateaus between 1000 and 1400 meters above sea […]