Province of Lugo

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Lugo
Provincia de Lugo
Province
Lugo Province
Flag of Lugo
Flag
Coat of arms of Lugo
Coat of arms
Lugo in Spain.svg
Country  Spain
Autonomous community Galicia
Capital Lugo
Government
 • Body Diputación de Lugo
 • President José Ramón Gómez Besteiro (Socialist Party of Galicia)
Area
 • Total 9,856 km2 (3,805 sq mi)
Area rank 25th
Population (2008)
 • Total 355,549
 • Rank 37th
Demonym Lugués (m), Luguesa (f)
Lucense
Postal code 27---
ISO 3166 code ES-LU
Parliament 15 deputies (out of 75)
Congress 4 deputies (out of 350)
Senate 4 senators (out of 264)
Website http://www.deputacionlugo.org/

Lugo is a province of northwestern Spain, in the northeastern part of the autonomous community of Galicia. It is bordered by the provinces of Ourense, Pontevedra, and A Coruña, the principality of Asturias, the State of León, and in the north by the Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay).

The population is 356,595 (2006), of whom a quarter live in the capital Lugo. The capital city was an ancient Celtic settlement named in honour of the god Lugh (see Lyon), later Latinised as Lucus Augusti, and which became one of the three main important Galician-Roman centres alongside Braccara Augusta and Asturica Augusta (modern Braga and Astorga respectively). The province has 67 municipalities.

Languages[edit]

The vast majority of people have a common language which is Galician. Some people, especially the older generation, are monolingual and only speak Galician. There are only a few people bilingual in Galician and Castilian of the little over 10,000 inhabitants. Even in the capital, the vitality of the Galician language in conversation is very strong.

They speak several variants of Galician in the province of Lugo. They have the characteristics of being the closest to León isoglosses and therefore also the Castilian language. So they have some grammatical and phonetic signs that are mistakenly considered influences of the Castilian or Leonese languages. However, the language of Galicia in Lugo, especially in non-coastal areas, is probably the most genuine in Galicia, due to almost no historic pressure[citation needed] of Castilian exercised on the rural population.

Geography[edit]

Estuaries[edit]

The estuaries of the Lugo province are part of the Atlas estuaries. From west to east they are:

  • Barquero estuary
  • Vivero estuary
  • Foz estuary
  • Ribadeo estuary

Rivers[edit]

  • Miño river
  • Sil river
  • Landro river
  • Ouro river
  • Masmo river
Town/City Inhabitants
Escudo Lugo.jpg 1-Lugo 96.678
Escudo de Monforte de Lemos 2002.svg 2-Monforte de Lemos 19.546
Escudo Viveiro.jpg 3-Viveiro 16.238
Escudo Vilalba, Lugo.jpg 4-Vilalba 15.437
Escudo Sarria.jpg 5-Sarria 13.508
Escudo Ribadeo.jpg 6-Ribadeo 9.983
Escudo Foz.jpg 7-Foz 9.970
Escudo Burela.jpg 8-Burela 9.381
Escudo Chantada.jpg 9-Chantada 9.014
Escudo Guitiriz.jpg 10-Guitiriz 5.896

See also[edit]

Coordinates: 43°00′N 7°30′W / 43.000°N 7.500°W / 43.000; -7.500