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Autonomous Community of Galicia

The Autonomous Community of Galicia (also Galiza in Galician) is one of the historical territories composing the Spanish State and has a close relationship with Portugal. It is located in the most North-Western corner of the Iberian Peninsula. Galicia is divided into four provinces: A Coruña, Ourense, Pontevedra and Lugo, and 53 comarcas (regions).

The language of Galicia is Galician, which is spoken by a majority of the population and is closely related to Portuguese. Spanish is also co-official. The population of Galicia is 2,762,198 . The capital city is Santiago de Compostela; the most populous cities are Vigo and A Coruña.

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The flag of Galicia

The modern Flag of Galicia was created in the 19th century as a copy of the naval flag of the Galician city of A Coruña.

During the 19th century many thousands of Galicians were emigrating to the Americas. A Coruña was the main Galician port where most of them departed from. Tradition has it that the Galician emigrants thought that the A Coruña naval flag flying on the emigrant ships was actually the flag of Galicia. Therefore, when they arrived to the new world they started flying the A Coruña naval flag, believing that it was the flag of Galicia. Years later, the flag crossed the Atlantic back to the homeland, where it was officially adopted as the new national flag of Galicia.

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The City Hall of A Coruña is located in the city of A Coruña, in the province of A Coruña.

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