Bloemfontein

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Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein skyline viewed frae Signal Hill
Bloemfontein skyline viewed frae Signal Hill
Nickname(s): 
The ceety o roses
Bloemfontein is locatit in South Africa
Bloemfontein
Bloemfontein
Coordinates: 29°06′S 26°13′E / 29.100°S 26.217°E / -29.100; 26.217
KintraSooth Africae
ProvinceFree State
MunicipalityMangaung
Established1846[1]
Area
 • Total333.69 km2 (128.84 sq mi)
Elevation
1,395 m (4,577 ft)
Population
 (2001)[2]
 • Tot328,773
 • Density990/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2001)
 • Black African72.6%
 • Coloured5.0%
 • Indie0.2%
 • White22.2%
First leids (2001)
 • Sotho36.5%
 • Afrikaans25.0%
 • Tswana19.0%
 • Xhosa14.3%
 • Ither5.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Aurie code(s)051

Bloemfontein (pronounced /ˈblʊmfɒnteɪn/ (deprecatit template), Dutch for "spring o Bloem (bloom)", "flouer spring" or "funtain o flouers") is the caipital ceety o the Free State Province o Sooth Africae. It is an aa the judicial caipital, makin it ane o the three naitional caipitals o Sooth Africae (thegither wi the administrative caipital Pretoria an the legislative caipital Cape Toun). Bloemfontein is popularly an poetically kent as "the ceety o roses", awin tae the abundance o these flouers an the annual rose festival held thare.[3][4] The ceety's Sesotho name is Mangaung, meanin "place o cheetahs" an it haes been includit in the Mangaung Local Municipality syne 2000.

Bloemfontein is situatit on dry grassland at 29°06′S 26°13′E / 29.100°S 26.217°E / -29.100; 26.217, at an altitude o 1,395 metres abuin sea level. The ceety is hame tae 369,568 residents, while the Mangaung Local Municipality haes a population o 645,455. Bloemfontein is served bi Bloemfontein Airport.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "Chronological order of town establishment in South Africa based on Floyd (1960:20-26)" (PDF). pp. xlv–lii. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 The figures are a sum of the census places Bloemfontein, Mangaung Part 1.
  3. Bloemfontein: Did you know?
  4. Bloemfontein: General Information