South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region

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South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region

Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Sur (in Spanish)
Flag of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region
Flag
Seal of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region
Coat of arms
Anthem: Himno de la Autonomía
RACCS
Location of the South Caribbean Autonomous Region in Nicaragua.
Coordinates: 12°0′N 83°45′W / 12.000°N 83.750°W / 12.000; -83.750Coordinates: 12°0′N 83°45′W / 12.000°N 83.750°W / 12.000; -83.750
CountryNicaragua
Largest cityBluefields
CapitalBluefields
Municipalities
Government
 • TypeDevolved government under presidential republic
 • BodyGovernment of the RAAS
 • Regional Coordinator (Governor)Shayra Downs Morgan (FSLN)
Area
 • Total27,407 km2 (10,582 sq mi)
Area rank2nd (20.9% of Nicaragua)
Population
(2005)
 • Total306,510
 • Density11/km2 (29/sq mi)
 • Rank
7th (6.0% of Nicaragua)
Demonym(s)Costeño (m), costeña (f)
ISO 3166 codeNI-AS
Autonomy Statute30 October 1987
Official languagesNational
Spanish

Regional
Creole (Miskito Coast Creole and Rama Cay Creole)
Miskito
Sumo (Mayangna and Ulwa)
Garifuna
Rama
English
Regional Council47 councilors
National Assembly2 deputies (of 92)

The South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (Spanish: Región Autónoma de la Costa Caribe Sur, pronounced [reˈxjon au̯ˈtonoma ðe la ˈkosta kaˈɾiβe suɾ]), sometimes shortened to RACCS, RACS, or RAAS (for its former name, Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur), is one of two autonomous regions in Nicaragua. It covers an area of 27,407 km2 (10,582 sq mi) and has a population of 382,100 (2005 census). The capital is Bluefields. Bordering the Caribbean Sea, it contains part of the region known as the Mosquito Coast.

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