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Unguja (also known as Zanzibar Island) is one of the two major islands of Zanzibarmarker, the other being Pembamarker.

The island and the surrounding islets are divided into three regions. They are Zanzibar Central/Southmarker, Zanzibar Northmarker and Zanzibar Urban/Westmarker. Zanzibar Citymarker, on the central west coast, is the capital and largest city of Zanzibarmarker and the region of Zanzibar Urban/Westmarker. The population of Unguja was 984,625 in the census of 2002, with the most concentrated populations located in the Zanzibar Urban region.

The larger and more populated of Zanzibar's two main islands, Unguja is separated from its northern neighbour Pemba by some 48i kilometres of open sea. The mainland of Tanzania, which lies to the southwest of Unguja and is separate from it by the Zanzibar Channelmarker, is considerably closer, as is the major Tanzanian mainland port of Dar Es Salaammarker. Smaller islands surround the coast, notably Tumbatu in the northwest, Uzimarker in the south, and Mnemba Atollmarker in the northeast. A considerable number of smaller islands and reefs lie off Unguja's southwest coast.

Many of Zanzibar's main centres are on Unguja, and most of the Zanzibari economy is also based here. Other than the capital, the island's major population centres include Mbwenimarker, Mangapwani, Chwaka, and Nungwi. Tourism is a major industry.

The island is rich in history, with numerous archaeological sites dotting the island, most notably at Unguja Ukuu, just to the north of the causeway which links Unguja and Uzi Islands.

See also


  1. Tanzanian census data from 2002.

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