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Coordinates: 8°50′18″S 13°14′4″E / 8.83833°S 13.23444°E / -8.83833; 13.23444
Country Angola
ProvinceLuanda
Founded1576
Area
 • City116 km2 (45 sq mi)
 • Metro
1,876 km2 (724 sq mi)
Elevation
6 m (20 ft)
Population
 (2019)[2]
 • City2,571,861 [1]
 • Metro
8,069,612
 • Metro density4,301.5/km2 (11,140.8/sq mi)
 2019
Time zone+1
ClimateBSh

Luanda is the capital and the largest city of Angola. Its former name was Loanda. It is a main seaport of the country on the Atlantic Ocean. In 1995, about 3 million people lived there.

It is a center of manufacturing, but very destroyed because of a long civil war.

It was founded by Portuguese in 1575 as São Paulo de Luanda and has been the administrative center of Angola since 1627 (except for 16401648). When Angola got independence in 1975, it became the capital of Angola.

References

  1. Instituto Nacional de Estatística, República de Angola.
  2. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2018-02-12. https://web.archive.org/web/20180212142147/http://citypopulation.de/php/angola-admin.php. Retrieved 2018-02-12.  Citypopulation reporting on Instituto Nacional de Estatística, República de Angola (web) projection july 2019