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The inhabited very large island of Corsica (local name Corse) is part of (the island group) Corsica and is located in the country of France, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 82.7 km. The nearest (main) land is Italy and is not the country to which the island belongs. The surface-area of the island is 8723.3 km2 and is therefore 23 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Mediterranean Sea and the total coastal length is about 950 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 183 km by 80 km (maximum width). The island is North - South oriented. The highest point is 2706 meter and is named Monte Cinto. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 42.15 (42°9'6.0768), 9.11 (9°6'21.4632).

The population is 327283 and the population density is thus on 37.71 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Ajaccio (located in the West of the island). Other places on the island are: Bastia (N), Calvi (NW), Corte (M), Sartène (ZW), Bonifacio (Z). The island is located in the Southeast of the country France. It is located in the administrative unit Region Corsica (local administrative level-name région), in the Departementen Haute-Corse en Corse-du-Sud (local administrative level-name Département). Direct neighboring islands of Corsica are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Île Cavallo Located 2.3 km NorthWest of the island.
2) Sardinia Located 11.9 km West of the island.
3) La maddalena Located 19.1 km NorthWest of the island.
4) Caprera Located 24.2 km NorthNorthWest of the island.
5) Capraia Located 27 km North of the island.
6) Pianosa Located 42.3 km North of the island.
7) Elba Located 50 km North of the island.
8) Gorgona Located 59.3 km NorthEast of the island.
9) Montecristo Located 60.3 km North of the island.
10) Asinara Located 62.2 km SouthWest of the island.
11) Tavolara Located 65 km NorthWest of the island.
12) Molara Located 68.5 km NorthWest of the island.
13) Del Giglio Located 107.9 km North of the island.
14) Isola del Tinetto Located 117.6 km EastNorthEast of the island.
15) Isola del Tino Located 117.8 km EastNorthEast of the island.
16) Palmaria Located 118.6 km EastNorthEast of the island.
17) Giannutri Located 126.4 km North of the island.
18) Île Sainte-Marguerite Located 169.5 km SouthEast of the island.
19) Île Saint-Honorat Located 169.8 km SouthEast of the island.
20) Île du Levant Located 182.5 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
21) Île de Port Cros Located 187.9 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
22) Isola Bisentina Located 194.5 km North of the island.
23) Isola Martana Located 198.2 km North of the island.
24) Île de Porquerolles Located 200.4 km SouthSouthEast of the island.
25) Isola Maggiore Located 214.8 km North 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 1490 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Corsica consists of Sand - Rock 317.7 km2 (4%), wood 2624.5 km2 (30%), nature 4529.4 km2 (52%), and agriculture 884.2 km2 (10%), Special is that the island also prevent vineyards (140.1 km2 - 2%).

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