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Coordinates: 00°29′S 15°54′E / 0.483°S 15.900°E / -0.483; 15.900

Owando is located in Republic of the Congo
Location in the Republic of the Congo
Coordinates: 0°29′S 15°54′E / 0.483°S 15.900°E / -0.483; 15.900
Country Flag of the Republic of the Congo.svg Republic of the Congo
Department Cuvette
Commune Owando
Founded 1903
Elevation 325 m (1,066 ft)
Population (2012)
 • Total 26,635

Owando is a town in the central Republic of the Congo, lying on the Kouyou River. It is the capital of Cuvette Department and an autonomous commune. It is home to a market and has an airport.

It was formerly known as Fort-Rousset.


Founded as Rousset in 1903 and quickly renamed Fort-Rousset in 1904, Owando got its African name back in 1977.[1]

A Roman Catholic diocese was established on 14 September 1955.[2]


  1. ^ Rock Ngassakys, "Owando, capitale de la Cuvette, accueille ce 15 août 2007 la fête de l'indépendance du Congo", Les Dépêches de Brazzaville, 14 August 2007, Online
  2. ^ "Diocese of Owando". Catholic-Hierarchy.org. David M. Cheney. Retrieved 21 January 2015. 

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