Province of Palencia

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Palencia
Province
Flag of Palencia
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Coat of arms of Palencia
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Autonomous community  Castile and León
Capital Palencia
Area
 • Total 8,052 km2 (3,109 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 29
  1.6% of Spain
Population (2010)
 • Total 172,510
 • Rank Ranked 46th
 • Density 21/km2 (55/sq mi)
Official language(s) Spanish
Website Diputación de Palencia (Spanish)

Palencia is a province of northern Spain, in the northern part of the autonomous community of Castile and León in the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula. It is bordered by the provinces of León, Cantabria, Burgos, and Valladolid.

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Of the population of 176,125 (2002), 45% live in the capital, Palencia. There are 191 municipalities in the province, of which more than half are villages with fewer than 200 people.

The major towns in this province are: Guardo, an industrial-mining town; Aguilar de Campoo, a biscuit and tourist village in northern Palencia; Herrera de Pisuerga, a village that is the doors to the Palencine mountain, is also known for its summer activities and Crab Festival; Venta de Baños, an important railway and industrial junction south of the province; Villamuriel de Cerrato, a village to the south of Palencia that owes its development to the Renault factory and its proximity to Palencia; Cervera de Pisuerga, in the heart of the Palencine mountains; Barruelo, a mining town that was the most populated town until the 1960s.

The province is bordered on the north by Cantabria, on the west by the province of León, on the east by the province of Burgos and on the south by the province of Valladolid.

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Coordinates: 42°25′N 4°30′W / 42.417°N 4.500°W / 42.417; -4.500