Azores Archipelago

The Azores are located between Europe and America, in the North Atlantic Ocean, bounded by the parallels 36º 55' 43'' and 39º 43′ 02''N and the meridians 24º 46' 15'' and 31º 16′ 02''W.

 Its ocean position manifests itself through the Region’s strong geographical isolation (remoteness). Santa Maria is the island closest to the European Continent  and ranges about 760 NM (1.430 km), and  Corvo is the closest to America ranging more than 2.110 NM (3.900 km). The maximum spacing between the islands exceeds 340 NM (630 km), distance from Corvo to Santa Maria. With a total surface area of 600Km2, its highest point, the majestic mountain of pico, rises 2.351 metres above sea level.

Although similar in many geographical aspects, the islands all have their own characteristics, mainly, concerning their way of life: each exhibit their own specifications, in the diversity of the landscapes, as well as the culture and traditions.

 The archipelago consists of nine islands gathered into three groups: the Eastern Group, formed by the islands of Sao Miguel and Santa Maria; the Central Group, by the islands of Faial, Pico, Sao Jorge, Terceira and Graciosa; and lastly, the Western Group, by the islands of Flores and Corvo. The Azorean population is around 240 000 inhabitants.

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