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Coordinates: 12°45′S 39°30′E / 12.750°S 39.500°E / -12.750; 39.500

Cabo Delgado is the northernmost province of Mozambique. It has an area of 82,625 km² and a population of 2,333,278 (2017).[2] As well as bordering the neighboring country of Tanzania, it borders the provinces of Nampula and Niassa. The region is an ethnic stronghold of the Makonde tribe. Macua and Mwani ethnic groups are also present.

Cabo Delgado
Skyline of Cabo Delgado
Cabo Delgado, Province of Mozambique
Cabo Delgado, Province of Mozambique
 • Total82,625 km2 (31,902 sq mi)
 • Total2,333,278
 • Density28/km2 (73/sq mi)
Postal code
Area code(s)(+258) 278
HDI (2017)0.374[1]
low · 12th

Pemba is the capital of the province; other important cities include Montepuez and Mocimboa da Praia.



Provincial map

On 25 September 1964, Frelimo guerrillas arrived from Tanzania, with help from some individuals of the surrounding population, attacking a Portuguese administrative post in the province. This raid marked the beginning of the Portuguese Colonial War, the armed struggle between the Portuguese colonial authorities in the then Portuguese Overseas Province of Mozambique. This province was the focus of Operation Gordian Knot, where the Portuguese colonials attempted to wipe out the guerrilla bases in the province.

The province is named after Cape Delgado (Portuguese: Cabo Delgado), a coastal headland on the border between Mozambique and Tanzania, which forms the northernmost point in Mozambique.


Cabo Delgado Province is divided into the 16 districts of:

and the municipalities of:


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ "Mozambique at GeoHive". Archived from the original on 2014-09-24. Retrieved 2016-02-04.

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