Azambuja

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Azambuja
Municipality
Flag of Azambuja
Flag
Coat of arms of Azambuja
Coat of arms
Location in Portugal
Location in Portugal
Coordinates: 39°04′N 8°52′W / 39.067°N 8.867°W / 39.067; -8.867Coordinates: 39°04′N 8°52′W / 39.067°N 8.867°W / 39.067; -8.867
Country  Portugal
Region Alentejo Region
Subregion Lezíria do Tejo Subregion
District/A.R. Lisbon
Government
 • Mayor Joaquim Ramos (PS)
Area
 • Total 262.7 km2 (101.4 sq mi)
Population
 • Total 21,508
 • Density 82/km2 (210/sq mi)
Parishes (no.) 7
Municipal holiday Ascension Day
date varies
Website http://www.cm-azambuja.pt

Azambuja (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐzɐ̃ˈbuʒɐ]) is a municipality in the Portuguese district of Lisbon, in the historical region of Ribatejo (and the sole municipality of within the district that does not belong to the historical province of Estremadura). With a total area of 262.7 square kilometres (101.4 sq mi), its resident population includes approximately 20,838 inhabitants. Since 2002, it was integrated into the NUTS III statistical subregion of Lezíria do Tejo, a region of the Alentejo: until this point Azambuja belonged to the Lisbon and Tagus Valley region.

History[edit]

Centre of Azambuja.

The town is so old that there is no longer any surviving record of when it received the privileged status embodied in a municipal charter.

In 1963 Ford opened an auto-assembly plant in Azambuja.

In 2000 the plant was integrated into the nearby auto-assembly business of General Motors (Opel). Opel Combo minivans were assembled until the end of 2006 when the plant was closed and production transferred to the manufacturer's plant near Saragossa (Spain).[1]

Geography[edit]

The municipality is limited to the north by Rio Maior, to the northeast Santarém, to the east Cartaxo, to the southeast Salvaterra de Magos, to the south Benavente and Vila Franca de Xira and to the west by Alenquer and Cadaval.

Its seat is the town (vila) with the same name, which has 6,900 inhabitants and occupies the parish (freguesia) also named Azambuja. The total number of parishes is 7.

Demographics[edit]

Population in Azambuja Municipality (1801–2004)
1801 1849 1900 1930 1960 1981 1991 2001 2004
3402 3514 11446 14035 18218 19768 19568 20837 21508

Parishes[edit]

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 7 civil parishes (freguesias):[2]

External links[edit]

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ Report of closure of auto-assembly plants in western Europe in AutoNews http://www.autonews.com/assets/PDF/CA41321314.PDF
  2. ^ Diário da República. "Law nr. 11-A/2013, page 552 20" (pdf) (in Portuguese). Retrieved 17 July 2014.