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Castile-La Mancha

Administration
Full nameCastile-La Mancha
Native nameCastilla-La Mancha
Settlement typeAutonomous Community
CountrySpain
Government
CapitalToledo
TypeDevolved government in a constitutional monarchy
BodyJunta of Communities of Castile-La Mancha
PresidentMaría Dolores de Cospedal
Geography
Total Area30672.7 sq mi (79463 km2)
Area rank3rd (15.7% of Spain)
Demography
Total Population2095855 (9th (4.3% of Spain)) (2010)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
DemonymCastilian-Manchegan
castellano-manchego/a
Other information
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
- Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166-2CM
Area code+34 98-
Statute of Autonomy16 August 1982
Official languagesSpanish
Patron saintSaint George
Courts49 deputies
Congress21 deputies (out of 350)
Senate22 senators (out of 264)

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Castile-La Mancha ( , -eskasˈtiʎa la ˈmantʃaIPA) is an autonomous community of Spain. Castile-La Mancha is bordered by Castile and León, Madrid, Aragon, Valencia, Murcia, Andalusia, and Extremadura. It is one of the most sparsely populated of Spain's autonomous communities. Its capital city is Toledo, and its most populous city is Albacete.

Castile-La Mancha was formerly grouped with the province of Madrid into New Castile (Castilla la Nueva), but with the advent of the modern Spanish system of autonomous regions (Estado de las autonomías), it was separated due to great demographic disparity between the capital and the remaining New-Castilian provinces. Also, compared to the former New Castile, Castile-La Mancha add the province of Albacete, which had been part of Murcia; adding Albacete placed all of La Mancha within this single region.

It is mostly in this region where the story of the famous Spanish novel Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes is situated - due to which La Mancha is internationally well-known. Although La Mancha is a windswept, battered plateau, it remains a symbol of the Spanish culture with its vineyards, sunflowers, mushrooms, oliveyards, windmills, Manchego cheese, and Don Quixote.


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