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The inhabited very large island of Sicily (local name Sicilia) is located in the country of Italy, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 3.1 km. The surface-area of the island is 25437.6 km2 and is therefore 67 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Mediterranean Sea and the total coastal length is about 1346.1 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 210 km by 130 km (maximum width). The island is West-northwest - East-southeast oriented. The highest point is 3350 meter and is named Vulkaan Etna 3350 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 37.59 (37°35'16.0152), 14.16 (14°9'18.3348).


The population is 5048741 and the population density is thus on 193.3 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Palermo (located in the North-northwest of the island). Other places on the island are: Catania (O), Sircacusa (OZO), Trapani (W). The island is located in the South-southeast of the country Italy. It is located in the administrative unit Autonomous region Sicily (local administrative level-name regione), in the Province Caltanissetta (local administrative level-name Provincia ). Direct neighboring islands of Sicilië are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Alicudi Located 121.2 km North of the island.
2) Filicudi Located 129.7 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
3) Vulcano Located 131.6 km NorthEast of the island.
4) Lipari Located 137 km NorthNorthEast of the island.
5) Salina Located 139.2 km NorthNorthEast 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 2285 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 source material on the island consists of vulcanic. The land use on the island of Sicilië consists of Sand - Rock 160.6 km2 (1%), wood 2003 km2 (8%), nature 4433.8 km2 (17%), and agriculture 12005.1 km2 (47%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (5527 km2 - 22%).


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