Zaire Province

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For the country, see Zaire.
Zaire, province of Angola
Zaire, province of Angola
Country Angola
Capital M'banza-Kongo
 • Governor José Joanes André
 • Total 40,130 km2 (15,490 sq mi)
Population (2014 census)
 • Total 567,225
 • Density 14/km2 (37/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code AO-ZAI

Zaire is one of the 18 provinces of Angola. It occupies 40,130 square kilometres (15,490 sq mi) in the north west of the country and has a population of 567,225.[1] It has a tropical climate. M'Banza Kongo, formerly São Salvador, is the capital of the province.


Zaire Province borders the Atlantic Ocean in the west, with a coastline of 250 kilometres (160 mi). The Congo River (formerly known as the Zaire River) and the Democratic Republic of the Congo make up the border to the north. Zaire Province borders the provinces of Uíge to the east and Bengo to the south.[1]


Cities and Towns[edit]

The capital of Zaire Province is M'Banza Kongo, which was known as São Salvador from 1570 to 1975. It lies close to the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and is 481 kilometres (299 mi) north of Luanda. M'Banza Kongo was once the seat of the Manikongo, the ruler of the Kingdom of Kongo.


  • Oil
  • Mining: asphalt, iron, phosphates, lead, zinc
  • Agriculture: cashew nuts, cassava, castor-oil, citrus fruits, coffee, massambala, palm oil, pineapples, peanuts, rice, soybeans, sweet potatoes
  • Cattle farming
  • Fishing
  • Production of construction materials
  • Deposits: gold, silver, diamond



Zaire Province is served by three airports. Soyo Airport and Mbanza Congo Airport have paved runways and regular flights to Luanda. N'zeto Airport has a grass strip runway and is used for private flights.[2]


  1. ^ a b "Provincia do Zaire" [Zaire Province] (in Portuguese). Luanda: Ministério da Administração do Território. 2006. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  2. ^ "N'Zeto/Ambrizete". 2011. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 

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Coordinates: 6°16′S 14°14′E / 6.267°S 14.233°E / -6.267; 14.233