Luanda Province

Luanda is a province of Angola. It covers an area of 18,835 sq.km, and had a population of 6,945,386 at the Census of 16 May 2014. The latest official estimate (for 2019) is 8,247,688.[3]

The city of Luanda is the capital of the province and the country of Angola. Serving as the country's primary port, cultural and urban centre and occupying 44.8 square miles.[4]

In 2011 Luanda Province was subdivided into seven municipalities, namely, Luanda, Belas, Cacuaco, Cazenga, Icolo e Bengo, Quiçama and Viana.[5][6] In November 2016, another two municipalities were added, Talatona and Kilamba-Kiaxi respectively, giving the province 9 municipalities, 41 urban districts, and 14 communes.[7]

The area shown for the Province is that before the 2011 expansion, which moved the two southern municipalities of Bengo Province into Luanda Province.

The original prewar Luanda Province grew in size during the 20th century due to the urbanization of Angola. It was divided into the provinces of Luanda and Bengo in 1980.[6][8]

The new reform of 2011 moved the municipalities Icolo e Bengo and Quiçama from Bengo to Luanda Province, so as the province has 3 neighboring ones instead of being surrounded by Bengo. The administrative reform significantly increased the land area of Luanda Province. It formerly had an area of 2,417 square kilometres (933 sq mi) and a reported population of 6,542,942 in 2014, before accounting for reorganization[1] Despite this, the city occupied 113 square kilometres (44 sq mi), or less than five percent of the total area of the former province.

Governors of the Luanda Province have included: Francisca Espírito Santo (c. 2009-2010),[9] Jose Maria dos Santos (c. 2011-2013), and Graciano Francisco Domingos (c. 2014).[citation needed]

The province has created the Instituto de Planeamento e Gestão Urbana de Luanda (IPGUL, Institute for urban planning and management of Luanda) as an independent organ for urban planning of the province.[10]

The province of Luanda contains seven (7) municipalities (municípios):

Two new municipalities have been created since 2017: Talatona and Kilamba-Kiaxi

The province of Luanda contains the following communes (comunas); sorted by their respective municipalities: