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is located in the Central
region of Mozambique
It is the second largest city in the country and set alongside the Pungue River close to its estuary on the Indian Ocean. It has a population of around half a million people.
The port at Beira is of regional significance since it acts as a gateway for both the central interior portion of the country as well as the land-locked nations of Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi.
Beira was originally developed by the Portuguese Mozambique Company in the nineteenth century and directly developed by the Portuguese colonial government from 1947 until Mozambique gained its independence from Portugal in 1975.
However the city is generally of little interest to the majority of international travellers.