Mozambique is located on the southeast coast of Africa.
About 80% of the population works on the land, the majority are small-scale farmers. Mozambique exports cashew nuts, cotton and sugar.
With some of Africa's best natural harbours, international trade has always been important in Mozambique.
Two of southern Africa's largest rivers – the Zambezi and Limpopo – cut large paths through the country on route to the Indian Ocean. The rivers provide the basis for a regionally important hydroelectric power industry.
Mozambique's national parks and game reserves teem with wildlife. Here you'll find elephants, lions, hippos, giraffes, monkeys, birds, butterflies, fish and amphibians.
The country's 2500km coastline is a major attraction for visitors, not only because of its beauty, but also for its amazing marine wildlife.
Football is Mozambique's favourite sport.
Eusebio Ferreira da Silva is the country's best known footballer. He was born in 1942 in Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), where he started his professional career. He is renowned for his long runs through the opponent's defence and his deft scoring touch.
Maria Mutola, one of the most outstanding female runners on the planet between 1992 and 2000, won Gold at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. Maria also earned trophies in the world championships.
Mozambique joined the Commonwealth in 1995.
It made its Commonwealth Games debut at Kuala Lumpur 1998, when Maria Mutola took Gold in the Women's 800m Track Final. She repeated this feat at the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games, and at Melbourne 2006 she won Bronze.
At the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games, Mozambique took part in Athletics, Badminton and Swimming.