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Tanga, Tanzania

Tanga Tanzania
Full nameTanga
Official nameTanga
Settlement typeCity
RegionTanga Region
Incorporated Town18911
Incorporated City1 July 2005
TypeCity Council
MayorOmari Guledi
Total Area206.9 sq mi (536 km2)
Land Area183 sq mi (474 km2)
Water Area23.9 sq mi (62 km2)
Total Population242640 (2002)
Density (pop.)452.7/km2 (1172.5/sq mi)
Urban (pop.)179400
Other information
Time zoneEAT (UTC+3)
- Summer (DST)not observed (UTC+3)
Area code027

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Tanga is both the name of the most northerly seaport city of Tanzania, and the surrounding Tanga Region. It is the Regional Headquarters of the region.

With a population of 243,580 in 2002, Tanga is one of the largest cities in the country. It is a quiet city compared to, for example, Arusha or Moshi with a comparable number of inhabitants.

The city of Tanga sits on the Indian Ocean, near the border with Kenya. Major exports from the port of Tanga include sisal, coffee, tea, and cotton. Tanga is also an important railroad terminus, connecting much of the northern Tanzanian interior with the sea. Via the Tanzania Railways Corporation's Link Line and Central Line, Tanga is linked to the African Great Lakes region and the Tanzanian economic capital of Dar es Salaam. The city is served by Tanga Airport.

The harbour and surrounding is the centre of life in Tanga. It is stretched out several km2 into the country. It has several markets in several neighbourhoods.

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