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The inhabited very large island of Corsica (local name Corse) is part of (the island group) Corsica and is located in the country of France, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 82.7 km. The nearest (main) land is Italy and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 8723.3 km2 and is therefore 23 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Mediterranean Sea and the total coastal length is about 944.4 km and the length of the island is about km. The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 2706 meter and is named Monte Cinto. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 42.15 (42°9'6.0768), 9.11 (9°6'21.4632).


The population is 302000 and the population density is thus on 34.8 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Ajaccio (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: Bastia (N), Calvi (NW), Corte (M), Sartène (ZW), Bonifacio (Z). The island is located in the Southeast of the country France. It is located in the administrative unit Region Corsica (local administrative level-name région), in the Departementen Haute-Corse en Corse-du-Sud (local administrative level-name Département). Direct neighboring islands of Corsica are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Pianosa Located 96.5 km EastNorthEast of the island.
2) Montecristo Located 105.5 km East of the island.
3) La maddalena Located 109.2 km SouthSouthEast of the island.

Note: The information described below is partly subject to change. The island is directly accessible from Western Europe by plane. An international airport is present on the island. The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1490 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Corsica consists of Sand - Rock 317.7 km2 (4%), wood 2624.5 km2 (30%), nature 4529.4 km2 (52%), and agriculture 884.2 km2 (10%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (140.1 km2 - 2%).


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