Tete Province

Tete is a province in the west-north -west of Mozambique.

Geography and population

Tete has an area of ​​approximately 100,724 km ². On this surface, 1,388,205 people live. The provincial capital is the city of Tete Tete. It has 101 984 inhabitants.

Although mineral resources such as nickel, iron, copper, bauxite, coal, gold are available, Tete is primarily a primarily agricultural province. Previously were huge cotton fields in this hilly areas. But that is forfeited. Agriculture usually hard working on the subsistence, even if the tobacco production due to massive efforts (see web link: cash cropping in Tete province) has increased significantly recently and has doubled from 2003 to 2006. The province is dominated by mopane trees and grassland.

Of 221 ​​villages report 58 of landmines in 89 fields. Especially the surrounding larger towns is affected and there especially the access to infrastructure such as roads, railways, electricity, bridges, runways. 76 % of people live by farming and fishing, 8 % have a government job, 7% work in companies, mines and services.

Languages ​​in the province are in addition to Portuguese: Sena, Ngoni, Nyanja, Barwe.


The Tete province is divided into twelve districts:

  • Angonia
  • Cahora Bassa
  • Changara
  • Chifunde
  • Chiuta
  • Macanga
  • Magoé
  • Maravia
  • Moatize
  • Mutarara
  • Tsangano
  • Zumbo


In the province following cities are:

  • Moatize
  • Tete
  • Zumbo

Postal Area

The province was briefly an independent postal area during the Portuguese colonial rule. In the years 1913 and 1914 two series were issued, which were used until 1920. Then the brands of Mozambique were used in the province again.