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Porto Velho
Municipality
The Municipality of Porto Velho
Top left:Rondonia State Government Office, Top right:Port of Porto Velho, Middle left:Porto Velho Cultural House, Middle right:Sunset in Madeira River, Bottom:Panorama view of downtown from Pedrinhas area
Top left:Rondonia State Government Office, Top right:Port of Porto Velho, Middle left:Porto Velho Cultural House, Middle right:Sunset in Madeira River, Bottom:Panorama view of downtown from Pedrinhas area

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Location of Porto Velho in the State of Rondônia
Country  Brazil
Region North
State Bandeira de Rondônia.svg Rondônia
Area
 • Total 34,082.37 km2 (13,159.28 sq mi)
Elevation 83 m (272 ft)
Population (2018 est.)
 • Total 519,531
 • Density 15.243394/km2 (39.48021/sq mi)
Time zone UTC-4 (UTC-4)
Postal Code 76800-000
Area code(s) (+55) 69
Website Porto Velho, Rondônia

Porto Velho is the capital of the Brazilian state of Rondônia, in the upper Amazon River basin, and a Catholic Metropolitan Archbishopric. The population is 519,531 people (as of the IBGE 2018 estimation). Located on the border of Rondônia and the state of Amazonas, the town is an important trading center for cassiterite, the mining of which represents the most important economic activity in the region, as well as a transportation and communication center. It is on the eastern shore of the Madeira River, one of the main tributaries of the Amazon River. It is also Rondônia's largest city, and the largest state capital of Brazil by area.

The municipality occupies most of the border between Amazonas and Rondônia, and is both the westernmost and northernmost city in the state.

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