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Azores – Important Facts

The Azores officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores, is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km (850 mi) west of continental Portugal, about 880 km north west of Madeira, about 1,925 km (1,196 mi) south east of Newfoundland, 3,175 km (1,973 mi) to Cape Verde, about 4,121 km (2,561 mi) east of New York City and about 6,392 km (3,972 mi) north east of Brazil.

Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farming (for cheese and butter products primarily), livestock ranching, fishing, and tourism, which is becoming the major service activity in the region. In addition, the government of the Azores employs a large percentage of the population directly or indirectly in the service and tertiary sectors. The main settlement of the Azores is Ponta Delgada.

The fishing industry provides a major potential for future growth. The economic exclusive zone of the Azores contains a rich and diverse aquatic population, providing a vast array of fresh fish for export as well as canning. Economically the most important species is tuna, which is the principal catch of the commercial fishing fleet.

Important Details

  • Country ISO3:351
  • Country Code:Atlantic Ocean
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  • Region:Euro
  • Currency Unit:No
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