Azores

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Coordinates: 37°44′28″N 25°40′32″W / 37.74111°N 25.67556°W / 37.74111; -25.67556
The Azores (Os Açores)
Autonomous Region (Região Autónoma)
Munt Pico an the green landscape, emblematic o the airchipelago o the Azores
Coat o Airms
Official name: Região Autónoma dos Açores
Name origin: açor, Portuguese for species o rapier bird, erroneously identifeed as goshawks; an aw derivation frae the wird for blue
Motto: Antes morrer livres que em paz sujeitos
(Scots:Rather dee as free men than be enslavit in peace)
Kintra Banner o Portugal Portugal
Autonomous Region Banner o Azores Azores
Region Atlantic Ocean
Subregion Mid-Atlantic Ridge
Position Azores Platform
Islands Corvo, Faial, Flores, Graciosa, Pico, São Jorge, São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira
Municipalities Angra do Heroísmo, Horta, Lagoa, Lajes das Flores, Lajes do Pico, Madalena, Nordeste, Povoação, Praia da Vitória, Ponta Delgada, Ribeira Grande, Santa Cruz da Graciosa, Santa Cruz das Flores, São Roque, Vila do Corvo, Vila do Porto, Vila Franca do Campo
Caipitals Angra do Heroísmo[1], Horta[2], Ponta Delgada[3]
Lairgest ceety Ponta Delgada
 - center São José
 - elevation 22 m (72 ft)
 - coordinates 37°44′28″N 25°40′32″W / 37.74111°N 25.67556°W / 37.74111; -25.67556
Highest point Munt Pico
 - elevation 2,351 m (7,713 ft)
 - coordinates 38°28′19″N 28°51′50″W / 38.47194°N 28.86389°W / 38.47194; -28.86389
Lowest point Sea level
 - location Atlantic Ocean
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
Area 2,346 km2 (906 sq mi)
Population 246,746 (2011) Estimate
Density 100.28 / km2 (260 / sq mi)
Settlement 15 August 1432
 - Administrative autonomy c. 1895
 - Poleetical autonomy 4 September 1976
Discovery c. 1427
 - Santa Maria c. 1427
 - São Miguel c. 1428
Management
 - location Assembleia Regional, Rua Marcelino Lima, Horta, Faial
 - elevation 46 m (151 ft)
 - coordinates 38°32′6″N 28°37′51″W / 38.53500°N 28.63083°W / 38.53500; -28.63083
Government
 - location Palácio de Santana, Rua José Jácome Correia, Ponta Delgada, São Miguel
 - elevation 60 m (197 ft)
 - coordinates 37°44′52″N 25°40′19″W / 37.74778°N 25.67194°W / 37.74778; -25.67194
Preses (Govrenment) Vasco Cordeiro (PS)
 - Preses (Assembleia) Ana Luís (PS)
Timezone Azores (UTC-1)
 - simmer (DST) Azores EST (UTC0)
ISO 3166-2 code PT-20
Postal code 9XXX-XXX
Aurie code (+351) 292 XX XX XX
ccTLD .pt
Demonym Azorean
Patron Saunt Espírito Santo
Holiday 51st day (Monday) follaeing Easter (Dia da Região Autónoma dos Açores)
Anthem A Portuguesa (national)
Hino dos Açores (regional)
Currency Euro (€)[4]
Date format dd-mm-yyyy
Drive richt-side
Location o the airchipelago o the Azores relative tae Europe
Distribution o the islands o the archipelago
Wikimedia Commons: Azores
Statistics: Instituto Nacional de Estatística[5]
Wabsteid: http://www.azores.gov.pt/
Geographic detail from CAOP (2010)[6] producit bi Instituto Geográfico Português (IGP)

The Airchipelago o the Azores (UK /əˈzɔrz/ ə-ZORZ, US /ˈzɔrz/ AY-zorz; Portuguese: Açores, IPA: [ɐˈsoɾɨʃ]) is composed o nine volcanic islands situatit in the middle o the North Atlantic Ocean, an is locatit aboot 1,500 km (930 mi) wast frae Lisbon an aboot 3,900 km (2,400 mi) east frae the east coast o North Americae. The islands, an their economic exclusion zone, form the Autonomous Region o the Azores, ane o the twa autonomous regions o Portugal. Its main industries are: agricultur, dairy fermin (for cheese an butter products primarily), minor livestock ranchin, fishin an tourism, whilk is becomin the major service activity in the region; eikit tae whilk, the govrenment o the Azores employs a lairge percentage o the population directly or indirectly in mony aspects o the service an tertiary sectors.

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  1. Seat o the Judiciary/Tribunal an Roman Catholic Diocese o Angra
  2. Seat o Legislatur an Regional Assembly
  3. Seat o Presidency an Govrenment
  4. Till 2002, the Portuguese escudo wis uised in financial transactions, an till 1910 the Portuguese real wis the currency uised bi the monarchy o Portugal.
  5. INE, ed. (2010), Censos 2011 - Resultadas Preliminares [2011 Census - Preliminary Results] (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Nacional de Estatística, retrieved 1 January 2012 
  6. IGP, ed. (2010), Carta Administrativa Oficial de Portugal (in Portuguese), Lisbon, Portugal: Instituto Geográfico Português, retrieved 1 January 2012