Continental Portugal

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Continental Portugal (Portuguese: Portugal Continental) or Mainland Portugal is the part of the territory of Portugal located in the Iberian Peninsula and so in Continental Europe. Continental Portugal is also commonly referred to - by the Portuguese - simply as the Continent (o Continente).

The designation is used to differentiate the continental territory of Portugal from its insular territory. The latter is composed by the Madeira and Azores archipelagos in the Atlantic Ocean. The Azores and Madeira archipelagos are also commonly referred to as the autonomous regions (as regiões autónomas), Insular Portugal (Portugal Insular) or simply the Islands (as Ilhas).

Presently, Continental Portugal is also a NUTS I division (see administrative divisions of Portugal: NUTS for details).

While in modern Portugal the difference between continental and total territory is not significant (in terms of area), it mattered during the existence of the Portuguese Empire, when this terminology was used.

Continental Portugal has 89,015 km² or 96.6% of the Portuguese national territory of 92,145 km² and 10,047,083 inhabitants or 95.1% of the total population of 10,561,614.

List of Regions[edit]

Name Local Government areas (districts) included
Norte Aveiro, Beja, Braga, Porto, Viana do Castelo, Vila Real
Centro Castelo Branco, Coimbra, Guarda, Leiria, Santarém, Viseu
Lisbon Lisbon, Setúbal
Alentejo Beja, Évora, Portalegre
Algarve Faro

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