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The inhabited large island of Mainland Shetland is part of (the island group) Shetland Islands and is located in the country of Great Britain , Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 167 km. The surface-area of the island is 970.3 km2 and is therefore 2.6 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the North Sea and the total coastal length is about 928.8 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 87 km by 35 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 450 meter and is named Ronas Hill. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 60.25 (60°15'11.5704), -1.37 (-1°22'9.1056).


The population is 17550 and the population density is thus on 18.2 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Lerwick (located in the East-southeast of the island). Other places on the island are: Scalloway (W). The island is located in the North-northeast of the country Great Britain . It is located in the administrative unit Council area Shetland Islands (local administrative level-name council area), in the Ward Shetland West (local administrative level-name Ward).
The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1284 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. There are ferry connections with car to other (neighboring) island (s). There are also (seasonal) ferry connections for pedestrians (-cyclists) with other (neighboring) island(s). Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The land use on the island of Mainland Shetland consists of nature 384.2 km2 (40%), wet nature 315.2 km2 (33%), and agriculture 236 km2 (24%),


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