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Quick Facts: Niassa

  • Mozambique's province of Niassa covers most of the country's northern area (129,056 km²)
  • Niassa has an approximate population of about 1.3 million; it is the most sparsely populated province of Mozambique
  • Lichinga is the capital of the Niassa province
  • The Ruvuma River forms most  of the northern boundary of the Niassa province together with Tanzania while Lake Niassa serves as the western border of the province, separating Mozambique from its neighboring state of Malawi
  • The province shares the Niassa National Reserve with neighboring Cabo Delgado Province
  • 15 districts are located in the Niassa Province
  • The Niassa Province in Mozambique has 3 municipalities: Cuamba, Lichinga, Metangula

Introducing Niassa

Niassa, one of Mozambique's northern provinces, covers an area of 129,056 km².  With a population of about 1.3 million, it is the most sparsely populated province of Mozambique. Lichinga is the capital of the Niassa province. There are an estimated 450,000 Yao people living in Mozambique who mostly live in the eastern and northern part of the Niassa province and form about 40% of Lichinga's population which is the capital of this province.

The Ruvuma River forms most  of the northern boundary of the Niassa province together with Tanzania while Lake Niassa serves as the western border of the province, separating Mozambique from its neighboring state of Malawi.  About three quater of the province's area remains untouched by development.  The province shares the Niassa National Reserve with neighboring Cabo Delgado Province.

The districts of the Niassa Province in Mozambique include:

  • Cuamba District
  • Lago District
  • Lichinga District
  • Majune District
  • Mandimba District
  • Marrupa District
  • Maúa District
  • Mavagoago District
  • Mecenhelas District
  • Mecula District
  • Metarica District
  • Muembe District
  • N'gauma District
  • Nipepe District
  • Sanga District.

The Niassa Province in Mozambique has 3 municipalities:

  • Cuamba
  • Lichinga
  • Metangula.
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