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Follow the landmarks
Along with the avenues with tropical trees, the richness in architecture is obvious. The Fortress of Nossa Senhora da Conceição, the central Railway Station and the luminous Sé Cathedral are famous examples. And, of course, the manueline style of the Museum of Natural History of Mozambique.
Take your time in the promenade or...
In Inhaca Island, close to the bay — a preserved area of beaches and coral reefs, perfect for fans of snorkelling and fauna observation. But in the city, there are many things to do. Such as trying the diversity of products at the central market. And also the Malangatana House and Museum, a tribute to the great mozambican painter and poet.
Culture and Business
Make sure you have your passport and boarding pass with you. Depending on your country of origin, arrange your visa or other required documentation well in advance. Go to the traveler's office and take all the necessary vaccinations and prevention medications, if applicable.
Mozambique has a tropical climate, with average temperatures of around 28ºC. Summer is from October to April, with rain, heat and much humidity.
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Geography and Politics
Mozambique is a country in southeastern Africa. It has a combination of African traditions and the influence of hundreds of years as a Portuguese colony. Mozambique is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic, where the president is head of state and head of government of a multiparty system.
Tips and Payment
The local currency is the Mozambican Metical (MZN). Many establishments accept credit cards, especially in Maputo. Nonetheless, it is advisable to always have cash in your wallet. It is customary to tip the service, usually 10%.
Language and expressions to memorize
The official language is Portuguese. Many other national languages exist, such as Macua, Tsonga and Sena. Some useful phrases in Portuguese are: “olá” = hi, “por favor” = please; “muito obrigado/a” = thank you very much; “desculpe” = sorry.
What to do
Relationships are extremely important in Mozambican culture. People like to establish close relations and trust before dealing with business, so it is essential to cultivate these ties.
What not to do
Do not rush things. It is important to be patient - Mozambicans handle business calmly, and the negotiation process may take longer than expected. Do not try to rush decision making, this kind of attitude will not be appreciated.
What to wear
Appearance is important, so opt for a formal style. Men should wear a suit and tie or classic pants with a shirt and tie, and women should wear a suit or dress with blazer.
Greet with a handshake. Asking about the family and health and showing true interest is very important. Address people by their titles and surnames as a sign of respect.