Fortaleza is the state capital of Cear, located in Northeastern Brazil. With a population close to 2.3 million (metropolitan region over 3.4 million), Fortaleza is the 5th largest city in Brazil. It has an area of 313 square kilometres (121 sq mi) and the highest demographic density in the country (8,001 per km). To the north of the city lies the Atlantic Ocean; to the south are the municipalities of Pacatuba, Eusbio, Maracana and Itaitinga; to the east is the municipality of Aquiraz and the Atlantic Ocean; and to the west is the municipality of Caucaia. Residents of the city are known as Fortalezenses. The current mayor is Luizianne Lins a former academic at the local Federal University of Cear and well known feminist. Fortaleza is one of the three leading cities in the Northeast region together with Recife and Salvador.
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