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A wood market in the city
A wood market in the city
Shinyanga is located in Tanzania
Location in Tanzania
Coordinates: 03°39′43″S 33°25′23″E / 3.66194°S 33.42306°E / -3.66194; 33.42306Coordinates: 03°39′43″S 33°25′23″E / 3.66194°S 33.42306°E / -3.66194; 33.42306
Country Flag of Tanzania.svg Tanzania
Region Shinyanga
District Shinyanga Urban
 • Type City Council
Population (2010 estimate)
 • Total 107,360
Time zone GMT + 3

Shinyanga, also known as Shinyanga mji in the local Swahili language, is a city in northern Tanzania. The city is the location of the regional headquarters of Shinyanga Region as well as the district headquarters of Shinyanga Urban District. The region and district are named after the town.


Shinyanga is located in Shinyanga District, in Shinyanga Region, in northern Tanzania. The city is located approximately 175 kilometres (109 mi), by road, southeast of Mwanza, the nearest large city.[1] This location lies approximately 475 kilometres (295 mi), by road, northwest of Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania.[2] The coordinates of the city are: 3°39′43″S 33°25′23″E / 3.661945°S 33.423056°E / -3.661945; 33.423056.


The 2002 national census estimated the population of Shinyanga at about 93,000. In August 2010, the population of the city was estimated at about 107,360.[3]


The landmarks in the city of Shinyanga or near its borders, include the following:


The region has a forest restoration programme which is well documented by the Food and Agriculture Organization, United Nations Environment Programme and the Global Partnership on Forest Landscape Restoration. The programme is featured in the film Forests for the 21st Century.