Mozambique’s Independence Day: Key Data on the Use of Portuguese for Your Next Development Project

June 25 marked the 43rd anniversary of Mozambique’s independence.

Geography and political context: Mozambique sits on the southeast coast of Africa with a population of about 28 million. After three decades of conflict between the Frelimo (ruling party) and the Renamo (rebel group turned opposition), a truce is in sight. Municipal elections are scheduled in 2018 and presidential elections in 2019.

Economic outlook: Mozambique has successfully expanded its economy, achieving growth rates in excess of 6%, and has attracted the confidence of foreign investors. The economic outlook of the country has slightly deteriorated in the last year and despite its rapid economic expansion over the past decades, the country still relies on international development actors to overcome economic challenges.

Interested in Mozambique’s development? Portuguese translations are key to communicating effectively with Mozambicans.

The rise of public-private partnerships and continued involvement of the international community in the country are encouraging greater knowledge sharing among international entities. As translators specialized in international development with a team of experienced continental Portuguese linguists, JPD Systems has witnessed a rise in translation requests from English to Portuguese (and vice versa)

Key facts to keep in mind when communicating with a Mozambican audience:

  • Continental Portuguese is the official language, and Mozambique is a full member of the Community of Portuguese Language Countries.
  • Country-wide, 50% of Mozambicans are fluent in Portuguese, 80% in rural areas.
  • Mozambique is also a multilingual country; a number of Bantu languages are indigenous to Mozambique.
  • Mozambique did not ratify the Portuguese Language Orthographic Agreement (Portuguese abbreviation: NaO), a controversial spelling reform implemented by Portugal and Brazil last year that affects around 1.5% of Portuguese words.

JPD Systems has translated nearly 2 million words from English into Portuguese in areas such as education, nutrition, agriculture and rural development, water supply, road, rail, and telecommunications infrastructure, community-driven development, etc.

A professor at Universidade Catolica de Moçambique said about one of our translations on an infrastructure project in Maputo: “Real Portuguese at last!”