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Table of Contents

Mozambique - Country information


Local short name form

Official name



26 899 105 (2017) [1]



International telephone access code


ISO 3166 country codes

Car nationality plate code


Internet country code


GRC Country Code


Mozambique - Number format

   Note: This section last updated 23rd May 2021

In Portuguese:

   1 234,45

(where , indicates the decimal separator and a space the thousands separator)

In Makhuwa-Meetto and Sena:


(where , indicates the decimal separator and . the thousands separator)

Mozambique - Date and time formats


   Note: This section last updated 23rd May 2021

Mozambique - Languages


33 languages are spoken in Mozambique. The official language is Portuguese External. There are 760 000 speakers of Chopi External; 664 279 speakers of Chwabo External; 1 300 000 speakers of Lomwe External; 350 000 speakers of Makhuwa-Maca External; 2 500 000 speakers of Makhuwa-Makhuwana External; 1 500 000 speakers of Makhuwa-Ketto External; 900 000 speakers of Makhuwa-Shirama External; 360 000 speakers of Makonde External; 100 000 speakers of Manyika External; 402 861 speakers of Marendje External; 100 000 speakers of Mwani External; 109 000 speakers of Ndau External; 141 000 speakers of Nsenga External; 423 000 speakers of Nyanja External; 262 455 speakers of Nyungwe External; 423 797 speakers of Ronga External; 1 086 040 speakers of Sena External; 759 923 speakers of Shona External; 223 971 speakers of Tonga External; 1 500 000 speakers of Tswa External and 194 107 speakers of Yai External.

Mozambique - Personal names and forms of address


Where Portuguese forms of address are used, use Mnina for unmarried women.

People often use both their mother’s family name and their father’s family name. Married women often retain their father’s family name in front of the father’s family name of their husband.

When saluting somebody with a professional degree, the form of address is followed by:

   Arquitecto (m) / Arquitecta (f)        Architect
   Doutor (m) / DoutoraDoctor
   Engenheiro (m) / Engenheira (f)        Engineer

which in turn is followed by the person’s family name.

   Tables of names can be acquired: given names External, surnames/family names External, family name prefixes External, forms of address External, job titles External

Mozambique - Example address format


   Note: This section last updated 26th August 2020


Addresses will often be written in the ex-colonial language, Portuguese. They follow the Portuguese structure - thoroughfare types are written first and with a capital first letter, the house number is at the end of the street address string often followed by an indication of floor, stairwell etc. For a full description of thoroughfare types and other address components, please refer to the chapter on Portugal.

The province name may sometimes be found written below the postal code/city address line.

   A table containing information about the relevant position of elements within address blocks can be acquired External

Mozambique - Postal codes


   Note: This section last updated 26th August 2020

From 1st January 2004, Mozambiquan postal codes (Código Postal, or CP) have starting a phased change from 5 digits to 4 digits. The first digit identifies one of three regions (North, Central or South), and can only be 1, 2 or 3. The second digit identifies the province (see below under “Administrative Districts”), and can only be 1, 2, 3 or 4; the final two digits indicate the district and the post office and range between 00 and 25.

   Metadata containing postal code formatting rules, exceptions and regular expressions can be acquired External

Mozambique - Postal code format graphic


Mozambique - Postal code format

Mozambique - Postal code specifics

Mozambique - Postal code regular expression


Mozambique - Postal code level of coverage


Mozambique - Postal code map

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Place names in Mozambique


   Note: This section last updated 7th August 2014

Refer to Exonyms in Mozambique for full lists of place names in Mozambique in other languages.

   Alternate place name forms/postal code tables can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/settlements.htm External
   Other language place name data can be acquired at http://www.grcdi.nl/otherlanguageplace.htm External

Mozambique - Administrative districts


Mozambique has 10 provinces External (provincias, singular - provincia) and 1 city (shown in the list below with an asterisk):

Province Postal code range
Cabo Delgado External 32
Gaza External 12
Inhambane External 13
Manica External 22
Maputo External 11
Maputo City External * 11
Nampula External 31
Niassa External 33
Sofala External 21
Tete External 23
Zambézia External 24
   This regions/postal code data can be acquired as a data file External

Administrative districts graphic


Telephone numbers in Mozambique


   Note: This section last updated 8th March 2017

Mozambiquan fixed numbers have area codes of 2 or 3 digits when called from abroad, and a total length of 8 digits. Mobile numbers have the area codes 82-87 and a total length of 9 digits.

   Tables of telephone number information/formats can be acquired – see http://www.grcdi.nl/telephone.htm External 


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