Madeira

The archipelago is located in the African Plate in the Atlantic Ocean between latitude 30 ° and 33 °N, basically at the same latitude as Casablanca, 978 km southwest of Lisbon, about 700 km west of the African coast, and 450 km north of the Canary Islands.

This archipelago is formed by the Madeira Island with an area of 740.7 km², Porto Santo with 42.5 km², the Desertas Islands with a total of 14.2 km² comprising the three uninhabited islands, and by the Selvagens Islands whose set of 3 islands and sixteen uninhabited islets make up an area of 3.6 km². Of the eight islands, only the two largest (Madeira and Porto Santo) are inhabited and can be accessed via the Madeira Airport in Funchal and Porto Santo Airport.

        
              Madeira                           Porto Santo                             Selvagens                           Desertas                                          


Facts & Figures Archipelago of Madeira


 
Capital Funchal
Main Cities
Caniço, Câmara de Lobos, Funchal, Machico, Santana
Official Language Portuguese
Government System Autonomous Region
Flag Three vertical stripes: Blue, Yellow, Blue and graphic element Cross of Order Christ (red color)
Currency Euro
GDP 5.224 million euros € (2010)
Population 270 thousand inhabitants (2011 Censes)
Area
 
740 km2
57 km de wide
22 km de width
 
 
Time Zone CET (GMT +1)
Public Holidays (2014) New Year's Day- 1st January
Good Friday - Friday 18th April
Easter Sunday - 20th April
Liberation Day - 25th April
Labour Day – 1st May
Portugal Day - 10th June
Madeira Autonomous Region Day – July 1st
Our lady of Assumption (Religious)- 15th August
Funchal Municipal holiday – August 21st
Our Lady of Conception (Religious) - 8th December
Christmas Day - 25th December
Dialling Code (+351) 291
Emergency Numbers 112
Electricity 220 V
Climate Maritime temperate climate
 Units of Measure  Metres System


 

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