|Province||Tizi Ouzou Province|
|District||Tizi Ouzou District|
|• Total||102.36 km2 (39.52 sq mi)|
|Population (2008 census)|
|• Density||1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
Tizi Ouzou (Berber: Tizi Wezzu, ⵜⵉⵣⵉ ⵡⴻⵣⵣⵓ, Algerian Arabic: تيزي وزو) is a city in north central Algeria. It is the capital and largest city of Tizi Ouzou Province. It is the second most populous city in the Kabylie region behind Béjaïa.
The name comes from the Berber language Tizi n Uzzu and is pronounced Tizuzzu, commonly Tizi which means the "hill", while Azzu means the "shrub" (the preposition n "of" is not pronounced here). That is why the city is often referred to as "The hills of shrubs".
This city is located in the heart of Kabylie. It is 102.36 square kilometres (39.52 sq mi) in area. Tizi Ouzou is located in the valley of Wadi Sébaou. It is surrounded by mountains. The city is at an altitude of 200 metres (660 ft). The city is bounded on the north by Mount Belloua which rises to 850 metres (2,790 ft) above sea level. A portion of the old city of Tizi Ouzou (known as the High City) backed the east slopes of the mountain. At the top of the mountain Belloua lies the village of Redjaouna. The latter is attached to the town of Tizi Ouzou.
There were 118,542 people in 1998.
The city is linked to Algiers and several towns, like Béjaïa, through a major road network.[clarification needed] Because of congestion and traffic jams caused by cars crossing the town, a bypass road was built recently in order to circumvent Tizi Ouzou. The wilaya (province) of Tizi Ouzou is one of the wilayas of Algeria which has the largest fleet. Moreover, it is also one of wilayas which records the highest number of deaths on the road.
- Jonathan Oaks: Algeria. Bradt Travel Guides 2008, ISBN 978-1-84162-232-3, p. 110 (restricted online version (Google Books))
- Falling Rain Genomics, Inc. "Geographical information on Tizi Ouzou, Algeria". Retrieved 2008-04-27.
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