Mamoudzou

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Mamoudzou
Capital, prefecture and commune
View of the port of Mamoudzou
View of the port of Mamoudzou
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Location of the commune (in red) within Mayotte
Coordinates: 12°46′50″S 45°13′40″E / 12.7806°S 45.2278°E / -12.7806; 45.2278Coordinates: 12°46′50″S 45°13′40″E / 12.7806°S 45.2278°E / -12.7806; 45.2278
Country France
Overseas region and department Mayotte
Canton 3 cantons
Government
 • Mayor (2014–present) Mohamed Majani
Area 41.94 km2 (16.19 sq mi)
Population (2012)1 57,281
 • Density 1,365.78/km2 (3,537.4/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97611 /97600
Elevation 0–572 m (0–1,877 ft)
1 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Mamoudzou is the capital of the French department of Mayotte. It is off the coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean. Mamoudzou is largest commune (municipality) of Mayotte. It has a population of 45,485.

Mamoudzou is on Grande-Terre (or Mahoré), the main island of Mayotte. The former capital of Mayotte was Dzaoudzi, on the small island of Petite-Terre (or Pamanzi). Mamoudzou was chosen as the capital in 1977.