View of the port of Mamoudzou
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
|Overseas region and department||Mayotte|
|• Mayor (2001–present)||Hassani Abdallah|
|Area||41.94 km2 (16.19 sq mi)|
|Population (August 2012 census)1||57,281|
|• Density||1,400/km2 (3,500/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||98511 / 97600|
|Elevation||0–572 m (0–1,877 ft)|
|1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.|
Mamoudzou is the capital of the French overseas region and department of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean. Mamoudzou, known as Momoju in the local Shimaore language, is the most populated commune (municipality) of Mayotte. It is located on Grande-Terre (or Mahoré), the main island of Mayotte.
The former capital of Mayotte was Dzaoudzi, on the small island of Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi), but Mamoudzou was chosen as the capital in 1977. In the 1985 census, 12,026 people were recorded in the main town.
There have been environment concerns about marine pollution in the area; "important degradation in the quality of the coastal waters" between 1977 and 2007 has been reported in the Coral Reef Lagoon in the Mamoudzou–Dzaoudzi strait, and in the Mamoudzou–Majikavo conurbation.
The commune is composed of 6 villages in addition to its central habitation, also called Mamoudzou. These are: Kawéni, Mtsapéré, Passamainti, Vahibé, Tsoundzou I and Tsoundzou II.
The commune is also subdivided into 3 cantons; Mamoudzou I, Mamoudzou II and Mamoudzou III.
The government owns the radio station in Mamoudzou and broadcasts in French and Mahorian. The government departments, including Agriculture and Forestry, Education, Health and Social Security, Public Works, Work, Employment and training and Youth and Sports are situated on the Rue Mariaze in the town. The government departments have been based in the town since before it became the capital, from World War II. France Télécom operates in the town.
|Official census figures.|
|Kavani||3 948||5 488|
|Kaweni||6 206||9 604|
|Mamoudzou||5 666||6 533|
|Mtsapéré||6 979||10 495|
|Passamainty||5 173||6 008|
|Tsountsou 1||2 093||3 058|
|Tsountsou 2||574||1 063|
|Vahibé||2 135||3 236|
|Statistics accurate as of 1997|
The town has a significant Muslim population.
Mamoudzou contains a bank and shopping centre. The economic centre of the town is the Place du Marche, which contains the bank, Air France and Air Mayotte offices, and the tourist office. The headquarters of the magazine Jana na Leo, "primarily concerned with articles on social life of the island of Mahore", is published in Mamoudzou. Restaurants of note in Mamoudzou include the Les Terrasses, Hotel Restaurant Isijiva, Le Barfly and Mamoudzou La Kaz.
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