The Cuanza Norte Province is a province of Angola. N'dalatando is the capital and the province has an area of 24,110 km² and a population of approximately 428,000. According to 1988 US government statistics, the province has a population of 365,100, with just 18,000 living in urban areas. Manuel Pedro Pacavira was born here and is a former provincial governor. The 1,400 meter long Capanda Dam is located in this province. Cuanza Norte lies on the northern bank of the Cuanza River. It had been a territory of Ngola Kingdom. In 1914, Norton de Matos created District of Cuanza which was divided into Cuanza Norte and Cuanza Sul Provinces in 1917.
It was badly affected during the Angolan Civil War. It has a large number of mines left over from the Civil War and contracts to clear them were given to several organisations. During the civil war, the insurgents made the province part of the central zone. On 5 April 2001, National Union for the Total Independence of Angola members attacked Samba Caju and killed 120 FAA members. The province's military commander, General Recordacao was also killed in the attack.
The most spoken languages are Kimbundu. Mbundu people inhabit the province. Sugarcane and coffee are the most important agricultural crops. Their production is favoured by the tropical humid climate of the province.
The province of Cuanza Norte contains 13 municipalities (municípios):
Some sources show the following municipalities in Bengo province: Bula-Atumba, Dembos, and Pango-Aluquém, while others list those three in Cuanza Norte (Kwanza Norte) province.