Location in Portugal
|Subregion||Lezíria do Tejo Subregion|
|• Mayor||Joaquim Ramos (PS)|
|• Total||262.7 km2 (101.4 sq mi)|
|• Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Municipal holiday||Ascension Day
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.
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).
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 9.
|Population in Azambuja Municipality (1801–2004)|
- Aveiras de Baixo
- Aveiras de Cima
- Manique do Intendente
- Vale do Paraíso
- Vila Nova da Rainha
- Vila Nova de São Pedro
- Report of closure of auto-assembly plants in western Europe in AutoNews http://www.autonews.com/assets/PDF/CA41321314.PDF