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Coordinates: 17°0′S 37°0′E / 17.000°S 37.000°E / -17.000; 37.000

Zambezia (Portuguese: Zambézia) is the second most-populous province of Mozambique, located in the central coastal region south-west of Nampula Province and north-east of Sofala Province. It has a population of 5,11 million (census 2017).[citation needed] The provincial capital is Quelimane on the Bons Sinais River.

Zambezia
Province
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Zambezia, Province of Mozambique
Zambezia, Province of Mozambique
Country Mozambique
Capital Quelimane
Area
 • Total 103,478 km2 (39,953 sq mi)
Population (2017 census)
 • Total 5,110,787
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+2 (CAT)
Postal code 24xx
Area code(s) (+258) 24
Website www.zambezia.gov.mz

Zambezia has a total area of 103,478 km²; much of it drained by the Zambezi River. Much of the coast consists of mangrove swamps, and there is considerable forest inland.

Agricultural products include rice, maize, cassava, cashews, sugarcane, soybeans, coconuts, citrus, cotton, and tea. The country's largest tea estates are at Gurúè, while Lioma is a centre of soybean production.[1] Fishing is especially productive of shrimp, and gemstones are mined at several sites.

Vasco da Gama landed at the site of Quelimane in 1498. Shortly after, the Portuguese established a permanent presence, and many moved up the Zambezi into the interior, for many years the farthest inland European presence (although over time there was much intermarrying, and few residents were of purely Portuguese descent).

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DistrictsEdit

Zambezia Province is divided into the 16 districts of:

In addition, there is one municipality - the city of Quelimane - with an area of 117 km² and 192,876 population.

The above district populations are from the provisional results of the September 2007 Census.

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BibliographyEdit

  • Di Matteo, Filipe; Otsuki, Kei; Schoneveld, George (2016). "Soya bean expansion in Mozambique: exploring the inclusiveness and viability of soya business models as an alternative to the land grab". In Ashley Lau; Jonathan Melo; Silvana Rebaza; Gabriela Smarrelli; Andrea Villarreal Ojeda; Zachary Clemence. The Public Sphere. LSE Africa Summit Edition 2016. Challenging Conventions (PDF). London: London School of Economics. pp. 61–86.

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