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Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa
Official languages Portuguese
Established 1996
Member states 6

The PALOP, highlighted in red
The Portuguese-speaking African countries are a group of five African countries where the Portuguese language is the official language: Angolamarker, Cape Verdemarker, Guinea Bissaumarker, Mozambiquemarker and São Tomé and Príncipemarker. It is a branch of CPLPmarker. In Portuguese the group is commonly referred to by the acronym PALOP, a colloquial acronym which means African Countries of Portuguese Official Language ( 'Países Africanos de Língua Oficial Portuguesa), also translated as "Portuguese-Speaking African Countries".

Five of these African countries are former colonies of the Portuguese Empire, which came to an end in the 1970s, shortly after the Carnation Revolution military coup of 1974 in Lisbonmarker. However, Equatorial Guinea, a former Spanishmarker colony, converted Portuguese into the country's third official language, aiming to be allowed into the CPLPmarker.

The PALOP countries achieve many interchange protocols with Portugalmarker, the European Union, as well as Brazilmarker, and other entities, and receive aid from them in the fields of culture, education, and Portuguese language development and preservation.

PALOP countries:

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  1. Speech of the Ambassdor Dulce Maria Pereira, executive secretary to the Community of Portuguese-Speaking Countries - CPSC - to the general assembly of the United Nations concerning HIV/AIDS, New York, June 25th to 27th, 2001.
  2. Roundup: Portuguese-Speaking African Countries Embrace New Era, article at the English People Daily online newspaper
  3. (Spanish) Obiang convierte al portugués en tercer idioma oficial para entrar en la Comunidad lusófona de Naciones
  4. Portuguese National Institute of Public Administration: Bilateral cooperation
  5. European Union press release: Portuguese-speaking African countries (PALOP) and Timor-Leste sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the European Commission (...). Brussels, 7 November 2007

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