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Global Connections: Australia and Angola

October 8th, 2010
03:59 PM ET

Both countries might start with the letter A, but on the surface, that might be the only connection you can see between Australia and Angola.

But if you dig a little bit deeper, you might be surprised to find out that they have a lot more in common than you think.

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caption="What do you know about Australia?"]

We've chosen Australia and Angola as our seventh set of countries in a segment on CNN International's "Connect the World," that we're calling "Global Connections."

Australia is famed for its relaxed lifestyle, amazing geography, beautiful beaches and of course for being the only country in the world to have wild koalas and kangaroos.

Melbourne and Sydney are also global cities which consistently rank as one of the best places to live in the world.

On the other hand, Angola doesn't have quite the same reputation as the country from down under.

Angola was involved in an intense civil war for more than two decades, but today, the country is slowly recovering.

So what on earth could the connections between these two countries possibly be?

Well, that's why we are relying on YOU.

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caption="Can you connect Angola to Australia?"]

We need you to send in your ideas and comments on what connections exist - whether it be text, video or photos. We'll be choosing the best ones and then airing them on CNN International. This is your chance to appear on the show to share your connections with the world.

The connections can be anything from culture and geography to music and the economy.

We also want to hear your personal stories too. Perhaps you have a family member that moved from one country to the other years ago and you want to get in touch? Maybe you visited one country years ago on holiday and something special happened? Whatever connection you think there is, we want to know.

All you have to do is leave your comments below on what connections you think exist and then one of our team members will be in touch.

Now it's time for you to get involved - get connecting!

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  1. D Brian Long

    I grew up in Angola – late '40s and 50's. I went to a mission boarding school in Zambia – then Northern Rhodesia. My first teacher, Standard 1 aged 7, was Lucy Traise. She was a "retired" Australian teacher. I came home to Angola with a thick Australian accent which lead to much mirth and teasing.

    That's about 3 steps!

    October 8, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Reply
  2. Mike

    They both begin and end with the letter "A".

    October 8, 2010 at 6:22 pm | Reply
  3. Harold Roper

    Once Australia and Angola were intimately connected. They both were once parts of the Great Southern Continent, Gondwanaland. The rocks and fossils tell the tale of the common boarders between the two, but this was rent asunder by the tectonic adjustments of the earth. Rift valleys, similar to that which runs through Africa all the way into Europe formed between the African Continent, and Australia, as well as between them and South America, Decan India and Antarctica. Just look at the globe and fit the continetal jigsaw together to see how it worked. The rifts grew wider and the continents floated away from one another.
    Work towards fulfilling the hope that the peoples of the two lands reforge the historic physical connection is aided by analogies such as this, together with the opportunity provided by CNN of focusing on the unity, rather than fragmentation of mankind.

    October 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Reply
  4. Daniel

    Angola is famous for Welwitschia Mirabilis, an astonishing desert plant, that only grows in Namibe province. Angola is also known for the palanca Negra Gigante which is the national icon of Angola, it is considered to be the most beautiful living antelope in the world. In the other hand Australia is famous for species such as koalas and kangaroos.

    October 8, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Reply
  5. John Miller

    Both have great mineral and energy wealth, both onshore and offshore. Huge reserves of gold, oil, gas.
    Both Angola and Australia have great traditional sporting rivalry with South Africa.
    Both have large ex-pat communities working in energy industry.
    Both have very expensive cities in Luanda and Sydney respectively, but for vastly different reasons.

    October 8, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Reply
  6. Roman

    Majority of people in both countries found their belief in Christianity!

    October 8, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Reply
  7. Roman

    also, both countries have been ruled by Europeans in the past. (Angola by Portuguese, Australia by British).
    Population numbers of both countries are similar too: Angola 19mil, Australia 22mil.

    October 8, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  8. Jurgen R. Brul

    Australia exports to Angola:
    Specialized Machinery & Parts,
    Worn Clothing & Rags,
    Mechanical Handling Equip & Parts and
    Measuring & Analyzing Instruments.

    Angola exports to Australia:
    Manufactures of Base Metal,
    Plastic Articles and
    Civil Engineering Equip & Parts.

    Jurgen R. Brul

    October 8, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  9. Austin J Stevens

    The picture showing a waterfall system in Angola was taken from the Namibian side. The waterfall is called Epupa Falls and runs off the Kunene River which, in that region, divides Angola from Namibia. While posted in Angola for military exercises during the war era, not too far from twhere this picture was taken, I was bitten by a puff adder and had to be urgently evacuated to Windhoek Hospital in Namibia (then South West Africa) where I spent some months recovering. Since that time I have viseted this area on numerous occasions to do wildlife photography. I now live in Australia.

    October 9, 2010 at 12:13 am | Reply
  10. Juan Lopera

    Mining sector is a key factor for both of their economies. Australian companies such as BHP Billiton are present in Angola which represents a connection between both countries.

    October 9, 2010 at 3:02 am | Reply
  11. Bill Douglass

    They are both relatively dry countries and that's about where any connection ends. I know where I'd rather live!

    October 9, 2010 at 5:15 am | Reply
  12. Gan, Yu-Chuan

    Australia and Angola are both situated in the southern hemisphere, therefore they share the same seasons at about the same time of the year. They are also located on the same latitude.

    They also have great natural scenic beauty not to mention that they are also both very rich in raw material and mineral resources. They where both colonised by European countries.

    October 9, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  13. Angelito

    Both Australia (Sabrina Houssami) and Angola (Stiviandra Oliveira) placed in the top 6 of the Miss World 2006 pageant.

    http://www.meaus.com/112-miss-world-2006-5.JPEG (opposite ends of the photo)

    October 9, 2010 at 8:55 am | Reply
  14. A Tomas K.

    In respect to angola, despite the War that lasted almost 30 year and the difficulties facing angolans we never lose hope, still have a relaxed lifestyle, amazing geography, beautiful beaches and of course for being one of few countries in the world to have untaped-wild life and amazing sites: to name few,
    1-Serra da Leba
    2-Cascatas da Huila
    3-Pedras de pungo andongo
    4-Pedras de calandula

    Most important, one of the strongest connections between Angola and Australia is the fact that animals are the symbols of both nation

    in AUSTRALIA- the Kangaroo
    in ANGOLA- the-Palanca NEGRA Gigante (Giant Sable)

    as an Angolan i would love to know more about Australia too!!

    October 9, 2010 at 9:35 am | Reply
  15. john

    Many Angolans migrated to Brazil... Brazilians LOVE BBQ's... so do Australians.

    October 9, 2010 at 10:31 am | Reply
  16. Joy Augustine

    We don't see much of a connection here but I do see that Angola has diamond mines and Australia has the machinery and the expertise to dig them out and provide a good source of income to Angola and Austraila.

    October 9, 2010 at 11:59 am | Reply
  17. Christopher Burke

    One significant date in common: November 11, 1975

    October 9, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  18. D, UK

    Both have good decent basketball teams!

    October 9, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  19. audz

    I spent sometime working in Angola , I then went to Australia to work met someone there got married returned to Angola where my first child was born we now live in England!

    October 9, 2010 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  20. lucky

    Australia is the most peaceful country I have ever heard in history-no wars, no conflicts. It runs itself quietly with self respect. that is why I find it a nice continent.
    Angola is characterized with peaceful relations also.

    October 9, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  21. lucky

    Historically and on the political arena both deserves Noble Peace Prize!

    October 9, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  22. Luis

    Both countries were discovered by portuguese navigators

    October 9, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Reply
  23. Herp Derper

    they are on the same contenint

    October 9, 2010 at 9:01 pm | Reply
  24. Paul Matich

    It would be good to promote sister cities and townships for both countries.
    Being at the same latitude Australia could help in economic areas where as Angola could assist with culture and environmental. A type of ying and yang. Both complimenting each others strengths and weaknesses.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:02 am | Reply
  25. peter pereira

    Portugal is said to once "discoved" australia when it was around the timor islands.

    Angola was a former colony of the portuguese and now speak portuguese.

    October 10, 2010 at 2:04 am | Reply
  26. Helder Congo

    There was a Dutch presence in both Angola and Australia in the 16th century.However neither was colonized by the Dutch.

    October 10, 2010 at 10:02 am | Reply
  27. Anthony scholar lionel .nigeria

    Anthony from nigeria;angola&australia have many things in common.example is the area of sports:angola are specialist in the area of basketball while australia are the best in swimming,ranked 1st in the world.2:they also share the same border according to evolutionary records,which no longer exists due to the conflicts in angola in the previous decades and the global warming affecting the entire world.3:their name starts with a,they also have two cities which are pleasurable for your leisure.4;they both have wild animals that are not common in their area.angola has the greyrious gazelle,while the goalla & kangaroo is in the australia.

    October 10, 2010 at 11:11 am | Reply
  28. Castilho Dcosta

    My visa just got rejected inspite of giving the Australian embassy all the papers and the visa was denied on the bases of papers cause some idiot at the Australian embassy his mind told him to reject it.Angola is hundred times better to visit then australia, coyz money walks and talks in Australia and people r allowed to enter and see the country on the bases of their bank balance...but this attitude is a risk ,if a terroist shows million dollars in his account he is allowed to enter the country only on the bases of his papers showing a high bank balance ,but we genuine people r rejected .Anyways good for Australia if they r the only country with kangaroos and a beautiful country but i would still recommend angola instead of a counry whr money walks and talks

    October 10, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  29. dax

    when civil war begin 1974/1975 a lot of portugueses leave Angola to Australia ...no big connection than that 😉

    October 10, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  30. Helia Gamba

    Princess Diana.

    October 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Reply
  31. Manuel Duarte

    First europeans to arrive to both countries were the Portuguese.

    October 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Reply
  32. melbourne

    İf you have said south africa then ı would of writen many things, but the country in question is angola well there's not much to say,maybe only the wild life or perhaps a couple of business ties here and there...

    October 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Reply
  33. Tania

    I don't know about a connection but I love angolan kuduro!!

    October 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Reply
  34. Abdelnour

    both country can make a coparation to do the best foe the humanity , Angola have a manpower and austrlia have sience .god bless both,ameen

    October 10, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Reply
  35. Northern


    Your Christian reference is fictional. The Majority of the country is not Christian at all, in fact, most would laugh at your Religions.

    October 11, 2010 at 12:11 am | Reply
  36. Olateju Bamise

    The only connection l can figure out is..."there is Embassy of Austrialia in Angola, likewise, there is Embassy of Angola in Australia" which connected the two countries together.

    October 11, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Reply
  37. Bode

    Both start and end with letter A

    October 11, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply

    Luanda is the most expensive city in the world. well, i guess sydney has even brighter streets.

    October 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Reply
  39. Samuel Jegede

    The major similarity is basically the fact that both countries just like others have abolished the death penalty.

    October 11, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  40. Tiago Velema

    One of similarities is that both countries Where colonised by European Portugal for Angola and England for Australia.......

    October 11, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  41. Adeleke Zakariyau

    Both countries engaged in fishing, they are ancient tourist center and colonised by the same empire

    October 11, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  42. Orator Ifeanyi

    Despite the letter A that both have,they're located in the southern part of the continent and with outstanding cultures that can never go on extinct. Greetings to Aunty Commy and her awaited new born baby girl in Dublin,Ireland

    October 11, 2010 at 7:28 pm | Reply
  43. Pedro

    Having lived and worked in both of them, I can think of a few common traits:

    – GFC survival – both economies seem to have maintained very strong growth when the rest of the world was falling apart, mostly driven by Chinese demand

    – Attractive to expats – Australia has been a favoured migration destination for a very long time as a land of opportunity, and so has Angola (first during Portuguese rule as a new beginning away from economic hardship and political oppression in mainland Portugal, and today as a strong alternative for young people escaping from Portugal's problematic economy). In both countries you'll easily find people in their 20's and 30's coming from abroad (in Australia from all over the world, in Angola mostly from Portugal and Brazil)

    – Open spaces – along with similar population sizes, both countries have their population concentrated along the coast, with the interior providing very diverse landscapes (both countries both tropical forests and subtropical deserts) and very limited human presence

    – Red earth – Both in Angola and in Australia, red earth is common and very distinctive from what you usually find in the northern hemisphere

    – Looking for a place in the region – Australia has always struggled to find its place in Asia, too far to be Asian, to close to be anything else and not trusted or trusting its northern neighbours. Angola emerged from the civil war as a possible regional power, hoping to take the place of an unstable Nigeria and a history-marked South Africa as the new African hub

    – Proud nations – both nations find unity in their diversity (Australia's population has its origins all over the world, while Angola is very ethnically diverse) through national pride, and in particular sport

    – Smooth culture – in both countries you'll find traits of their former colonial rulers (schooling system, favourite sports, language, law), but adapted to local attitudes towards life

    October 11, 2010 at 8:55 pm | Reply
  44. Elvara

    I'm from Angola and I love this country. Yes, our economy is growing exponentially but unfortunately we don't feel it. The majority of our population is still living in poor condition due to the lack of transparency. The corruption and the bad way of managing our richness have been the biggest concerns.

    October 11, 2010 at 8:58 pm | Reply
  45. stanley

    I understand about the Angolan economy, as Angolan im shockt that how come on CNN they never talk about Angolan corruption as well and the president is more than 30 year in power, and nobody seems to care, the people are starving in Angolan everyday, we need outside help

    October 11, 2010 at 9:07 pm | Reply
  46. stanley

    I understand about the Angolan economy, as Angolan im shockt that how come on CNN they never talk about Angolan corruption as well and the president is more than 30 year in power, and nobody seems to care, the people are starving in Angolan everyday.

    October 11, 2010 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  47. timothy

    angola and australia are both 3 syllabic words.

    October 12, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  48. Craig Eyles

    @ stanley

    I couldn't imagine how anyone can survive in Angola I read your comment. Puts our plights in perspective.

    Power & gas bills shoot through the roof, housing rental shortage & landlands can kick you out at will to jack up prices, GFC figures released ot world bogus, stimulus programs cause massive waste in schools who didn't get what they requested & 5 deaths from dodgy housing insulation program & a Govt hell bent on slugging us with a carbon tax that will destroy businesses.

    Relaxed?? Reading about both plights I guess the one thing we have in common is not being so.

    October 13, 2010 at 1:35 am | Reply
  49. Busola Alaiyegbami

    October 14th, 2010 1:50 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.

    Australian had merchandise trade with Angola in 2009 Exports to Angola(A$'000) 11,136.Total exports and imports 11,165.
    Major Australian exports 2009:

    Specialised machinery & parts 3178

    worn clothing& rags 2,048

    Mechanical handling equip& parts 1648

    Measuring &analysing instrument 1611

    Australia's trade in services with Angola 2009: Exports of services to Angola(A$m)
    Imports of services from Angola(A$m)

    Australian Angola's principal import sources 2008: Autralia 0.1%

    October 14, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Reply
  50. Mrs Ramoh

    As It was already said on Angolan day of independence Angola will be a potential of Africa and the world, this statement made clear that Angolans were prepared to show there potential, civil war broke in and the statement was almost forgotten , but during this time(civil war) Angola took apart in many benefited events, even though fighting against civil war, after the rain comes rainbow, time for reconstruction and being one of the most richest resource country in the world theirs high possibilities of developing, since peace Angola dramatically changed (infra-structures, roads), with great economic BOOM, political, touristic and etc.
    Being invited in G8 while it doesn't take part of them its a was a great symbol for achievement in the world giving then China multimillion business trade, the word key is reconstruction, if Australia shows cooperating with Angola from my point of view must be in this sector others sectors will be connected itself due time and loyalty after will be history, take China located in Asia, far way from Angola but so closer than even Portugal and Brasil, from the reportage above I don't agree too much with Palanca Negra Gigante and Kangaroos, its more business opportunity for development, power to empower

    October 15, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
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