Azores - At a glance


Azores at a glance

Islands São Miguel, Santa Maria, Terceira, Graciosa, São Jorge, Faial, Pico, Flores, Corvo

Location In the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 1,500km from Lisbon and 3,900km from the east coast of North America

Size Nine islands varying from 17km² (Corvo) to 746km² (São Miguel), spread across some 600km of ocean

Climate Temperate, maritime climate with agreeable temperatures ranging from 13–14˚C in Jan/Feb to 22–23˚C in Jul/Aug. Rain throughout the year; light cloud common.

Status Autonomous region of Portugal

Population 247,000

Economy Major earners are beef, dairy products, fishing and tourism

Language Portuguese

Religion Roman Catholic

Currency Euro (for up-to-date exchange rates, go to www.xe.com)

Time GMT –1; 4 hours later than US Eastern Standard Time

Electricity 220 volts

International telephone code +351

Flag Blue and white block colour. At the centre is a goshawk, with nine golden stars. In the left corner is the national coat of arms.

Coat of arms The shield is silver with a red border, and includes a goshawk and nine golden stars.

National anthem Hino da Região Autónoma dos Açores (Anthem to Autonomy)

Motto Antes morrer livres que em paz sujeitos (‘Better to die free than live enslaved’)

Public holidays 1 January; 25 April (marking the Revolution of 1974); Good Friday and Easter Sunday; 1 May (Labour Day); 24 May (Autonomy Day); end of May/beginning of June, second Thursday after Whitsun (Corpus Christi); 10 June (National Day of Portugal); 15 August (Feast of the Assumption); 5 October (Proclamation of the Republic); 1 November (All Saints’ Day); 1 December (Restoration of Independence); 8 December (Feast of the Immaculate Conception); and 25 December (Christmas Day)

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