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The inhabited fairly large island of Faial (local name Faial ) is part of (the island group) Azores and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 1653 km. The surface-area of the island is 173.1 km2 and is therefore 0.456 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 75 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 21.2 km by 16.3 km (maximum width). The island is West-northwest - East-southeast oriented. The highest point is 1043 meter and is named Cabeço Gordo. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 38.58 (38°34'41.2356), -28.7 (-28°42'0.8676).


The population is 15038 and the population density is thus on 86.9 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Horta (located in the Southeast of the island). Other places on the island are: Salao (N), Ribeininha ( O), Praia do Norte (NW). The island is located in the West-northwest of the country Portugal. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Region Azores (local administrative level-name Região Autónoma), in the municipality Horta (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of Faial are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Pico Located 40.1 km SouthEast of the island.
2) São Jorge Located 59 km EastSouthEast of the island.
3) Graciosa Located 78.1 km EastNorthEast of the island.
4) Terceira Located 130.3 km EastSouthEast of the island.
5) Flores Located 240.4 km NorthWest of the island.





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