Managua has been the capital city of Nicaragua since 1855. There had been an Indian settlement there before the Spanish, but the modern city was founded as Leal Villa de Santiago de Managua in 1811. Before 1855, León and Granada were the capital cities. The word managua comes from the Nahuatl language mana-ahuac. It means near water. About 1.8 million people lived there in 2004. This makes it one of the biggest cities of Central America (after Guatemala City). The city is at the shore of Lake Managua. Many people who live in Managua are White or Mestizo. They all speak Spanish. There are also big communities of Catalonians, Germans, Italians and French. Many of the people belonging to those communities have lived in the city for many generations. Many people see Managua as one of the safest cities in America to live in.

The city has had two destructive earthquakes in the 20th century. Hurricane Mitch caused further destructions in 1998. Many old buildings were damaged or destroyed in these earthquakes, and new streets and monuments were built in their place. In general, addresses are rarely used to give directions. Instead, people usually use monuments to tell where a certain place is. The problem with that approach is that sometimes, the monuments themselves were destroyed. Therefore, foreigners often have problems finding their way around the city.

Other Languages
Acèh: Managua
Afrikaans: Managua
Alemannisch: Managua
አማርኛ: ማናጓ
العربية: ماناغوا
asturianu: Managua
Aymar aru: Manawa
azərbaycanca: Manaqua
Bân-lâm-gú: Managua
башҡортса: Манагуа
беларуская: Манагуа
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Манагуа
български: Манагуа
Boarisch: Managua
བོད་ཡིག: མ་ན་གུ་འ།
bosanski: Managua
brezhoneg: Managua
català: Managua
čeština: Managua
chiShona: Managua
Cymraeg: Managua
dansk: Managua
davvisámegiella: Managua
Deutsch: Managua
eesti: Managua
Ελληνικά: Μανάγουα
English: Managua
español: Managua
Esperanto: Managvo
euskara: Managua
فارسی: ماناگوئه
Fiji Hindi: Managua
français: Managua
Frysk: Managûa
Gaeilge: Managua
Gàidhlig: Managua
galego: Managua
Gĩkũyũ: Managua
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Managua
한국어: 마나과
Հայերեն: Մանագուա
हिन्दी: मनागुआ
hrvatski: Managua
Ido: Managua
Bahasa Indonesia: Managua
interlingua: Managua
Interlingue: Managua
Ирон: Манагуæ
íslenska: Managva
italiano: Managua
עברית: מנגואה
ქართული: მანაგუა
Kinyarwanda: Managua
Kiswahili: Managua
Kongo: Managua
Kreyòl ayisyen: Managoua
Кыргызча: Манагуа
Ladino: Managua
Latina: Managua
latviešu: Managva
lietuvių: Managva
Ligure: Managua
Livvinkarjala: Managua
lumbaart: Managua
magyar: Managua
македонски: Манагва
മലയാളം: മനാഗ്വ
मराठी: मानाग्वा
Bahasa Melayu: Managua
Mìng-dĕ̤ng-ngṳ̄: Managua
монгол: Манагуа
Nederlands: Managua (stad)
日本語: マナグア
нохчийн: Манагуа
Norfuk / Pitkern: Managua
norsk: Managua
norsk nynorsk: Managua
occitan: Managua
oʻzbekcha/ўзбекча: Managua
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਮਾਨਾਗੁਆ
Papiamentu: Managua
Patois: Managua
Piemontèis: Managua
polski: Managua
português: Manágua
română: Managua
Runa Simi: Managua
русский: Манагуа
саха тыла: Манагуа
sardu: Manàgua
Scots: Managua
shqip: Managua
slovenčina: Managua (mesto)
slovenščina: Managua
српски / srpski: Манагва
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Managua
suomi: Managua
svenska: Managua
Tagalog: Managua
தமிழ்: மனாகுவா
Türkçe: Managua
українська: Манагуа
اردو: ماناگوا
ئۇيغۇرچە / Uyghurche: ماناگۇئا
vepsän kel’: Managua
Tiếng Việt: Managua
Winaray: Managua
ייִדיש: מאנאגוע
Yorùbá: Managua
粵語: 馬拿瓜
中文: 馬拿瓜