Province of Seville

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Seville Province
Province
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Autonomous community Andalusia
Capital Seville
Area
 • Total 14,042 km2 (5,422 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked
  2.78% of Spain
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,917,097
 • Rank Ranked
 • Density 140/km2 (350/sq mi)
Official language(s) Spanish
Website www.dipusevilla.es

The Province of Seville (Spanish: Sevilla) is a province of southern Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Málaga, Cádiz in the south, Huelva in the west, Badajoz in the north and Córdoba in the east. Seville is the province's as well as the Andalusian autonomous community's capital.[1] Located on Guadalquivir river's southern bank the city is the largest one in Andalusia.[2] The former province of Andalusia was divided by the Moors into four separate kingdoms—Seville, Cordova, Jaen and Granada.[3] Seville is biggest province of Andalusia in terms of GDP. The Provinces of Málaga (€ 28,506 million) and Cadiz (€ 22,574 million) are 2nd and 3rd respectively.[4] The Port of Seville is of great economic importance to the province.[5]

Its area is 14,042 km². Its population is 1,914,958 (2010), of whom 40% live in the capital, Seville, and its population density is 125.25/km² It contains 105 municipalities. The province shares the Parque Nacional de Doñana with Huelva province. It also has the Sierra Norte de Sevilla Natural Park. The 177,484 hectares park is Andalusia's largest protected area.[2] The Guadalquivir river crosses the province from east to west. Guadiana, Pinta and Xenil are other important rivers.[6] The northern part of the province is mostly mountainous.[7][8] Seville has a warm Mediterranean climate with an annual average temperature of 18.5 °C . Winters are generally mild while summers are hot. The maximum temperatures in summer often surpass 40°C. The locality of Écija is popularly known as the “Frying Pan of Andalusia” for its torrid summers.[9][10] Écija is known for its high value of corn production.[6] Seville is the 4th most populated province in Spain and the 1st in Andalusia with 1,868,343 inhabitants in 2008 (INE). The province of Seville generates 1.92% of the Spanish hotel movement. In terms of tourism the city of Seville is one of the leading cities in Andalusia, situated behind Barcelona and Madrid on a national level. In 208 B.C. the whole population of an outpost in the present town of Estepa had burnt their houses and committed suicide before Romans attacked it.[2] The capital city–Seville is the world's most dense one in terms of Baroque churches.[11] The Socialist Workers Party won the elections in the province from 1982–2000. In comparison to other Spanish provinces, Sevilla is underdeveloped.[12]

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Coordinates: 37°30′N 5°30′W / 37.500°N 5.500°W / 37.500; -5.500