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Description island Madeira

The inhabited large island of Madeira (local name Ilha da Madeira) is part of (the island group) Madeira archipelago and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 657 km. The nearest (main) land is Marocco and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 741 km2 and is therefore 2 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 176 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 57 km by 22 km (maximum width). The island is West-northwest - East oriented. The highest point is 1862 meter and is named Pico Ruivo . The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 32.75 (32°4'28.7436), -17 (-16°59'56.4792).


The population is 267785 and the population density is thus on 335 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Funchal (located in the South-southwest of the island). Other places on the island are: Machico (O), Calheta (ZW), Sao Vincente (N). The island is located in the West-southwest of the country Portugal. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Region Madeira (local administrative level-name Região Autónoma), in the municipalities : 1) Calheta 2) Câmara de Lobos 3) Funchal 4) Machico 5) Ponta do Sol 6) Porto Moniz 7) Porto Santo 8) Ribeira Brava 9) Santa Cruz 10) Santana 11) São Vicente (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of Madeira are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Ilhas Desertas Located 45.4 km SouthEast of the island.
2) Ilhas Desertas Located 51.6 km SouthEast of the island.
3) Ilhas Desertas Located 59.2 km SouthEast 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 land use on the island of Madeira consists of wood 309.6 km2 (42%), nature 198.1 km2 (27%), and agriculture 112.8 km2 (15%),


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