Ruvuma Region (Mkoa wa Ruvuma in Swahili) is one of Tanzania's 31 administrative regions. The regional capital is the municipality of Songea. According to the 2012 national census, the region had a population of 1,376,891, which was lower than the pre-census projection of 1,449,830.: page 2 For 2002–2012, the region's 2.1 percent average annual population growth rate was the twentieth highest in the country.: page 4 It was also the 28th most densely populated region with 22 inhabitants per square kilometre (57/sq mi).: page 6
Mkoa wa Ruvuma (Swahili)
|• Total||63,669 km2 (24,583 sq mi)|
|• Density||22/km2 (56/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+3 (EAT)|
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The region is named after the Ruvuma River, the second longest river in Tanzania, which forms most of its southern boundary with Niassa province of Mozambique (where it is known as «Rovuma»). The region is also bordered to the north by the Morogoro Region, to the northeast by the Lindi Region, to the east by the Mtwara Region, and to the northwest by the Njombe Region. Ruvuma has many different tribes, such as the Mpoto. The largest group in the region being the Ngoni. The highest point in the region is Mount Lukukura at 1,769m.
Ruvuma Region is divided into five districts, each administered by a council:
|Districts of Ruvuma Region|
For parliamentary elections, Tanzania is divided into constituencies. As of the 2010 elections, the Ruvuma Region had six constituencies:
- Nyasa Constituency
- Mbinga Mjini Constituency
- Mbinga Vijijini Constituency
- Namtumbo Constituency
- Peramiho Constituency
- Songea Mjini Constituency
- Tunduru Constituency
- Madaba Constituency
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- Kitabu cha Mawasiliano Serikalini, Tanzania Government Directory, 2012, page 188
- "Organisations located in Ruvuma Region - Tanzania". African Development Information. Archived from the original on 2012-09-04. Retrieved 2012-09-04.