Oliveira de Azeméis
|Oliveira de Azeméis|
|• President||Joaquim Jorge (Socialist Party (PS))|
|• Total||161.10 km2 (62.20 sq mi)|
|• Density||430/km2 (1,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WET/WEST (UTC+0/+1)|
Oliveira de Azeméis (Portuguese pronunciation: [oliˈvejɾɐ ði ɐzɨˈmɛjʃ] (listen) or [oliˈvɐjɾɐ ði ɐzɨˈmɐjʃ]) is a city and a municipality located in Porto Metropolitan Area in Portugal. The population in 2011 was 68,611, in an area of 161.10 km². The city itself has a population of about 20,000. Oliveira de Azeméis is part of Oporto Metropolitan Area and it is located 35 km to the south of Porto. It is less than 20 km far from the Atlantic Ocean. It has connection the following motorways: A1, A29 and A32; and the IC2 expressway. It is served by Francisco Sá Carneiro Airport/Oporto's airport.
The municipality is integrated in Porto Metropolitan Area.
The present Mayor is Joaquim Jorge, elected by the Socialist Party.
The municipal holiday is the Monday that follows the 2nd Sunday of August.
In the centre there is a marian sanctuary of some importance, La-Salette. It was built in order to honor the apparitions of Virgin Mary in the small village of La Salette, Isère, in France. What is very striking about this sanctuary is that it contains the finger of a burglar that tried to steal some precious artifacts (one night a guard shot a burglar with his shotgun and only hit his finger). The finger lies inside an alcohol jar right in front of the chapel.
Local facilities include:
- Hospital de São Miguel
- Higher education schools
- Secondary schools
- Basic schools
- Regional museum
- Post Office
- Police station
- Clinic centres
- Tourism office
- Library - Biblioteca Municipal Ferreira de Castro
Its most prominent sports club is the U.D.O.União Desportiva Oliveirense which fields teams in football, basketball and ring hockey. One other club is Futebol Clube Pinheirense (FCP), it is a club dedicated mostly to football. They have a kids school in partnership with Benfica.
It is an important industrial area, producing a wide variety of goods:
|Population of Oliveira de Azeméis Municipality (1801–2008)|
|16 943||16 899||29 506||33 072||46 263||62 821||66 846||70 721||71 210|
- Macieira de Sarnes
- Nogueira do Cravo e Pindelo
- Oliveira de Azeméis, Santiago de Riba-Ul, Ul, Macinhata da Seixa e Madail
- Pinheiro da Bemposta, Travanca e Palmaz
- São Martinho da Gândara
- São Roque
- Vila de Cucujães
Cities and towns
There is one city in the municipality: Oliveira de Azeméis. The towns are
- Nogueira do Cravo
- Pinheiro da Bemposta
- Vila Chã de São Roque
- Vila de Cucujães
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