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The inhabited fairly large island of Santa Maria is part of (the island group) Azores and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 1369 km. The surface-area of the island is 96.9 km2 and is therefore 0.255 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 68.8 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 16.8 km by 10.3 km (maximum width). The island is West - South-southeast oriented. The highest point is 587 meter and is named Pico Alto. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 36.97 (36°58'20.1504), -25.1 (-25°5'57.7284).


The population is 5547 and the population density is thus on 57.1 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Vila do Porto (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: São Pedro (N), Almagreira (Z). The island is located in the West of the country Portugal. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous Region Azores (local administrative level-name Região Autónoma), in the municipality Vila do Porto (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of Santa Maria are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Ilhéu de Vila Franca Located 89 km North of the island.
2) São Miguel Located 101.6 km North of the island.
3) Terceira Located 277.3 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
4) São Jorge Located 327.6 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
5) Pico Located 335.1 km NorthNorthWest of the island.





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