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Bloemfontein

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Bloemfontein is the capital city of the Free State province of South Africa, as well as the nation’s judicial capital. The other two national capitals are Cape Town, the legislative capital, and Pretoria, the administrative capital. Bloemfontein is one of the major cities in South Africa.

Bloemfontein is renowned as “the city of roses” because of the profusion of these flowers and the yearly rose festival that takes place there. Mangaung is the Sesotho name for the city, which means “place of cheetahs.” Bloemfontein has been a member of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality since 2011, after previously being part of the Mangaung Local Municipality.

Bloemfontein is located at 29°06′S 26°13′E, at an elevation of 1,395 m (4,577 ft) above sea level, in dry grassland. The city has a population of 369,568 people, with a total population of 645,455 in the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.

Bloemfontein – Info Card

POPULATION :• City 256,185
• Metro 747,431
FOUNDED :  1846
TIME ZONE :  SAST (UTC+2)
LANGUAGE :• Afrikaans 42.5%
• Sotho 33.4%
• English 7.5%
• Xhosa 7.1%
• Other 9.5%
RELIGION :Zion Christian 11.1%, Pentecostal/Charismatic 8.2%, Catholic 7.1%, Methodist 6.8%, Dutch Reformed 6.7%, Anglican 3.8%, Muslim 1.5%, other Christian 36%, other 2.3%, unspecified 1.4%, none 15.1%
AREA :• City 236.17 km2 (91.19 sq mi)
• Metro 6,283.99 km2 (2,426.26 sq mi)
ELEVATION : 1,395 m (4,577 ft)
COORDINATES : 29°07′S 26°13′E
SEX RATIO : Male: 48.54
 Female: 51.46
ETHNIC :• Black African 56.1%
• Coloured 12.8%
• Indian/Asian 0.8%
• White 29.8%
• Other 0.5%
AREA CODE : 051
POSTAL CODE : 9300
DIALING CODE : +27 51
WEBSITE :  www.freestateonline.fs.gov.za

Tourism in Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein is a city in South Africa that was created in 1846 and presently has a population of roughly half a million people.

The Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien was born in Bloemfontein in 1892.

In Bloemfontein, South Africa, the African National Congress (ANC) political party was formed in 1923.

Bloemfontein is now a compact metropolis surrounded by extensive suburbs.

Fortunately, walking about the city center during the day is secure, however much of the city’s activities are concentrated around the Waterfront and Mimosa malls, as well as the enormous athletic complex. The bulk of the city’s pubs and eateries are located north of the Waterfront mall on Second Avenue.

Climate of Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein has a semi-arid climate, with hot summer days (max:32 °C (90 °F) min:19 °C (66 °F); frequent afternoon thunderstorms) and colder, dry winters (max:14 °C (57 °F) min:3 °C (27 °F)). Snow is infrequent, however it snowed in the city as recently as August 2006, with snowfalls at the airport again on July 26, 2007.

Geography of Bloemfontein

Bloemfontein lies in central South Africa, at a height of 1,400 meters (4,600 feet), on the southern edge of the Highveld, bordering the semi-arid Karoo area. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few hills (koppies in Afrikaans) here and there, and the flora is mostly Highveld grassland.

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