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Maceió

Maceio
Administration
Full nameMaceió
Official nameThe Municipality of Maceió
Settlement typeMunicipality
CountryBrazil
StateAlagoas
MesoregionLeste Alagoano
MicroregionMaceió
FoundedDecember 5, 1815
Government
MayorJosé Cícero Soares de Almeida (PP)
Geography
Total Area197.2 sq mi (511 km2)
Elevation23 ft (7 m)
Demography
Total Population932608 (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymMaceioenses
Other information
Time zoneUTC-3 (UTC)
Postal Code57000-000
Area code+55 82

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Maceió (-ptmasejˈjɔ) is the capital and the largest city of the coastal state Alagoas, Brazil. The name "maceió" is of Indian origin, and designates the natural spontaneously courses of water which flow out of the soil. Most maceiós flow to the sea, but some get trapped and form lakes ("lagoas", in Portuguese).

There are plenty of maceiós and lakes in this part of Brazil; because of this, the city was named Maceió, and the State, Alagoas. The new Zumbi dos Palmares International Airport connects Maceió with many Brazilian cities and also operates some international flights. The city is home to the Federal University of Alagoas.


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