North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region

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North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region
Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Norte (in Spanish)
Autonomous region
Flag of the North Caribbean Autonomous Region
Location of the North Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua.
Country Nicaragua
Largest city Puerto Cabezas
Capital Puerto Cabezas
 • Type Devolved government under presidential republic
 • Body Government of the RACN
 • Regional Coordinator (Governor) TBDL leader (FSLN)
Autonomous Regional Council of the North Caribbean 47 councilors
National Assembly 2??? deputies (of 92)

The North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (Spanish: Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Norte, pronounced [reˈxjon au̯ˈtonoma ðe la ˈkosta kaˈɾiβe ˈnoɾte]), sometimes shortened to RACN, or RACCN (for North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region), or RAAN (for its former name of Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte), is one of two autonomous regions in Nicaragua. It covers an area of 32,159 km² and has a population of 249,700 (2005 census). It is the largest autonomous region or department in Nicaragua. The capital is Puerto Cabezas. It contains part of the region known as the Mosquito Coast.

The RACCN has a Regional Council made up of representatives of different political parties (such as the Sandinistas (FSLN) and YATAMA (ethnic indigenous party)) as well as all the municipalities. They hold sessions in an Assembly in Puerto Cabezas.

The RACCN, in addition to Mestizos, contains populations from different indigenous groups, including the Miskitos, Mayangnas, and Creoles.


The RACCN contains eight municipalities:

  1. Bonanza
  2. Prinzapolka
  3. Puerto Cabezas
  4. Rosita
  5. Siuna
  6. Waslala
  7. Waspam
  8. Mulukuku

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Coordinates: 14°01′41″N 83°22′51″W / 14.02806°N 83.38083°W / 14.02806; -83.38083