Azores identity card

Azores identity card

- Population: 245 inhabitants (000 estimate), of which more than half Area:Density Climax : the Ponta do Pico volcano (2  Administrative form: re Seat Main towns : Ponta Delgada (Sã Language  Head of l & rsquo Change : euro.
- Flag of Az Unesco World Heritage Sites : vineyard landscape of Pico (2004); Angra do Heroismo center (2013).

The 9 islands of the Azores

- Oriental group: Central group: Pico, Terceira, Faial, Sã Western group: Flores, Corvo.


Former obligatory stopover on the economic route of the 17th century, which the superb historic center of Angra do Heroismo, on the island of Terceira, still bears witness to today. At the end of the 19th century, whaling brought some prosperity to the archipelago.

However, the United States and Canada.

The economy of the region is mainly based on tertiary sector (67% of employment), of which a third are public jobs (education, health and social assistance). The trade as well as auto and motorcycle repair represent 14% of total employment in the region.

Food are the other key sectors of the Azorean economy. The tourism, more particularly rural, is in full development.

Huge investments have been made by Portugal and the European Union to improve infrastructure (roads, airports, etc.) and open up certain territories. The Azores also benefit from a reduced VAT rate.

Finally, due to the archipelago's strategic location in the heart of the Atlantic, an American air base is installed in Lajes, on the island of Terceira, constituting an important source of income and jobs. However, the American authorities announced in January 2015 a significant reduction in their military personnel in the Azores.

Le unemployment rate exceeds 10% of the working population; it is one of the highest in Portugal. The GDP per capita is equivalent to half that of the euro area.

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