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Duque de Caxias

Duque de Caxias
Full nameDuque de Caxias
Official nameThe Municipality of Duque de Caxias
Settlement typeMunicipality
StateRio de Janeiro
FoundedDecember 31, 1943
MayorJosé Camilo Zito dos Santos Filho (2009-2012)
Total Area179.3 sq mi (464.573 km2)
Elevation23 ft (7 m)
Total Population864392 (2008)
Density (pop.)1859.8/km2 (4818.23/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC)
Postal Code25000-000
Area code+55 21

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Duque de Caxias (-ptˈduki dʒi kaˈʃiɐʃ, Duke of Caxias) is a city in southeast Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, bordered by Rio de Janeiro (city) to the south. Its population was 842,890 (2005) and its area is 465 km2. Its current Mayor is José Camilo Zito. The city is the third most populous in Rio de Janeiro Metropolitan Area.

Although the city is the second richest in the State of Rio de Janeiro, it still has sewage rivers running right under domestic porches and balconies. It has important industries such as oil refinery and chemical. It is named after Luís Alves de Lima e Silva, Duke of Caxias, who was born there in 1803. The city is the seat of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duque de Caxias.

Duque de Caxias Futebol Clube is the local football (soccer) team of the city. The club plays their home matches at Estádio Romário de Souza Faria, which has a maximum capacity of 10,000 people. Estádio De Los Larios, located in the district of Xerém, has a maximum capacity of 11,000 people and it is the home ground of Esporte Clube Tigres do Brasil.

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