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Azambuja () is a
municipality A municipality is usually a single administrative division Administrative division, administrative unitArticle 3(1). , country subdivision, administrative region, subnational entity, first-level subdivision, as well as many similar terms, ...
in the
Portuguese Portuguese may refer to: * anything of, from, or related to the country and nation of Portugal ** Portuguese cuisine, traditional foods ** Portuguese language, a Romance language *** Portuguese dialects, variants of the Portuguese language ** Portug ...

Portuguese
district of
Lisbon Lisbon (; pt, Lisboa ) is the capital and the largest city of Portugal, with an estimated population of 544,851 within its administrative limits in an area of 100.05 km2. Grande Lisboa, Lisbon's urban area extends beyond the city's admin ...
, in the historical region of
Ribatejo The Ribatejo () is the most central of the traditional provinces of Portugal The term "provinces" ( pt, províncias) has been used throughout history to identify regions of continental Portugal. Current legal subdivisions of Portugal do n ...
(and the sole municipality of within the district that does not belong to the historical province of
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*Extremadura, an autonomous community of western S ...
). The population in 2011 was 21,814, in an area of 262.66 km². Since 2002, it was integrated into the
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III statistical subregion of
Lezíria do Tejo The Intermunicipal communities of Portugal, Comunidade Intermunicipal da Lezíria do Tejo (; English language, English: ''Tagus Floodplain'') is an administrative division in Portugal. It was established as an ''Associação de Municípios'' in 198 ...
.


History

The town is so old that there is no longer any surviving record of when it received the privileged status embodied in a municipal charter. In 1963
Ford Ford commonly refers to: * Ford Motor Company The Ford Motor Company, commonly known as Ford, is an American multinational automaker that has its main headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit (strait) , nicknames ...
opened an auto-assembly plant in Azambuja. In 2000 the plant was integrated into the nearby auto-assembly business of
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General Motors
(
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Opel
).
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Opel Combo
minivans were assembled until the end of 2006 when the plant was closed and production transferred to the manufacturer's plant
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near
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Saragossa
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Spain
).


Geography

The municipality is limited to the north by
Rio Maior Rio Maior () is a municipality in the Santarém District The District of Santarém ( pt, Distrito de Santarém ) is a Districts of Portugal, district of Portugal, located in Portugal's Centro Region, Portugal, ''Centro Region''. The district capi ...

Rio Maior
, to the northeast Santarém, to the east
Cartaxo Cartaxo () is a municipality A municipality is usually a single administrative division having Municipal corporation, corporate status and powers of self-government or jurisdiction as granted by national and regional laws to which it is subor ...
, to the southeast
Salvaterra de Magos Salvaterra de Magos () is a municipality in the district of Santarém (district), Santarém in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 22,159, in an area of 243.93 km². The present Mayor is Hélder Manuel Ramalho de Sousa Esménio of the Social ...
, to the south Benavente and
Vila Franca de Xira Vila Franca de Xira () is a city and municipality in the Lisbon District in Portugal. The population in 2021 was 137,659, in an area of 318.19 km2. Situated on both banks of the Tagus River, 32 km north-east of the Portuguese capital L ...
and to the west by Alenquer and
Cadaval Cadaval () is a municipality in the Oeste region and Lisbon District of Portugal Portugal, officially the Portuguese Republic ( pt, República Portuguesa, links=yes ), is a sovereign state, country whose mainland is located on the Iberian ...

Cadaval
. Its seat is the town (''vila'') with the same name, which has 6,900 inhabitants and occupies the parish (''freguesia'') also named Azambuja. The total number of parishes is 7.


Demographics


Parishes

Administratively, the municipality is divided into 7 civil parishes (''
freguesias ''Freguesia'' (), usually translated as "Parish (administrative division), parish" or "civil parish", is the third-level Administrative divisions of Portugal, administrative subdivision of Portugal, as defined by the Constitution of Portugal, 197 ...
''): * Alcoentre * Aveiras de Baixo * Aveiras de Cima * Azambuja * Manique do Intendente, Vila Nova de São Pedro e Maçussa * Vale do Paraíso (Azambuja), Vale do Paraíso * Vila Nova da Rainha


External links


Municipality official websiteAzambujadigital - Web site related to Azambuja


Sources

{{Authority control Azambuja,