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About Managua

Managua (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈna.ɣwa]) is the capital city of Nicaragua as well as of the department of the same name. Located on the southwestern shore of Lake Managua, it is Nicaragua's largest city, with a projected population in 2015 of 1,048,134 within the city limits and a population of 1,337,709 in the metropolitan area, which additionally includes the municipalities of Ciudad SandinoEl CruceroNindiríTicuantepe and Tipitapa.

The city was declared the national capital in 1852.[2] Prior, the capital alternated between the cities of León and Granada. The 1972 Nicaragua earthquake and years of civil war in the 1980s severely disrupted and stunted Managua's growth. It was not until the mid-1990s that Managua began to see a resurgence.

Managua's population is composed predominantly of mestizos and whites who are mainly of Spanish descent, with a minority being of FrenchJewish NicaraguanGerman NicaraguanItalianRussian and Turkish descent.


Leal Villa De Santiago De Managua
Managua, Nicaragua
From left to right
Flag of Managua
Official seal of Managua

Nickname(s): Novia del Xolotlán

(English: The Bride of Xolotlán)[1]

Managua is located in Nicaragua
Coordinates: 12°8′11″N 86°15′5″WCoordinates12°8′11″N 86°15′5″W
Country  Nicaragua
Department Managua
Municipality Managua
Founded 1819
Seat of the Government 1852
Capital of the Nation 1852[2]
 • Mayor Daisy Torres
 • Vice Mayor Reina J. Ruedas
 • City 544 km2 (210 sq mi)
 • Urban 173.7 km2 (67.1 sq mi)
Population (2015)[3]
 • City 2,205,676
 • Density 4,100/km2 (11,000/sq mi)
 • Metro 2,560,789
Demonym(s) managüense capitalino/a
ISO 3166 code NI-MN


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