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The inhabited large island of Terceira is part of (the island group) Azores and is located in the country of Portugal, Southern Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 1519 km. The surface-area of the island is 400.6 km2 and is therefore 1.1 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Atlantic Ocean and the total coastal length is about 116.6 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 29.5 km by 16.4 km (maximum width). The island is West - East oriented. The highest point is 1021 meter and is named Santa Bárbara. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 38.72 (38°43'25.6692), -27.21 (-27°12'40.1472).


The population is 56062 and the population density is thus on 139.4 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Praia da Vitória (located in the East of the island). Other places on the island are: Angra do Heroismo (Z). 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 municipalites : 1) Praia da Vitória 2) Angra do Heroísmo (local administrative level-name Concelho). Direct neighboring islands of Terceira are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) São Jorge Located 71.3 km WestNorthWest of the island.
2) Graciosa Located 80.4 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
3) Pico Located 95.5 km WestNorthWest of the island.
4) Faial Located 130.3 km WestNorthWest of the island.
5) São Miguel Located 186.1 km SouthSouthEast 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.



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