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North West

Bokone Bophirima  (Tswana)
Flag of North West
Kagiso le Tswelelopele (Peace and Prosperity)
Map showing the location of the North West province in South Africa
Location of North West in South Africa
Country South Africa
Established 27 April 1994
Capital Mahikeng
Largest city Klerksdorp
 • Type Parliamentary system
 • Total 104,882 km2 (40,495 sq mi)
Area rank 6th in South Africa
Highest elevation
1,805 m (5,922 ft)
 • Total 3,509,953
 • Estimate 
 • Rank 7th in South Africa
 • Density 33.46573/km2 (86.6759/sq mi)
 • Density rank 7th in South Africa
Population groups
 • Black African 89.8%
 • White 7.3%
 • Coloured 1.8%
 • Indian or Asian 0.6%
 • Tswana 63.4%
 • Afrikaans 9.0%
 • Southern Sotho 5.8%
 • Xhosa 5.5%
 • Tsonga 3.7%
 • English 3.5%
 • Zulu 2.5%
 • Northern Sotho 2.4%
Time zone UTC+2 (SAST)
ISO 3166 code ZA-NW
HDI (2017) 0.688
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North West (Tswana: Bokone Bophirima; Southern Sotho: Leboya Bophirima; Northern Sotho: Leboa-Bodikela) is a province of South Africa. Its capital is Mahikeng, but its largest city is Klerksdorp.


The province is located on the border with Botswana. It borders the South African provinces of Gauteng, Northern Cape, Limpopo and the Free State, as well as the Motswana districts of Kgalagadi, Southern, and South-eastern.

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Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Provincia del Noroeste para niños

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