Kourou

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Kourou

Coordinates: 5°09′35″N 52°39′01″W / 5.15972222222°N 52.6502777778°W / 5.15972222222; -52.6502777778


Kourou is a commune in French Guiana, an overseas region and department of France located in South America.

Kourou is the location of the Guiana Space Centre, France and ESA's main spaceport.

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Geography

Some 60 km (37 mi) northwest of the capital Cayenne at the mouth of the Kourou River on the Atlantic coast, it is ringed by four hills: Carapa, Pariacabo, Café and Lombard, with the Singes and Condamine mountains not far behind. There are three lakes within the city limits: Lake Bois Diable (where one can take lessons in jetski and other aquatic sports), Lake Marie-Claire (the smallest and calmest), and Lake Bois Chaudat (the biggest of the three; also open to sport lovers, especially canoers and kayakers). Long white sand beaches and some rocky outcrops line its ocean coast, the riverbank and all points inland consisting mostly of mangrove and dense tropical rainforest.

It had a fast-growing population of 19,107 inhabitants at the 1999 census. Its inhabitants can be classified into three ethnic groups of roughly equal size:

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