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Galicia (Spain)

Full nameGalicia
Official nameComunidade Autónoma de Galicia  
Comunidad Autónoma de Galicia  
Autonomous Community of Galicia
Settlement typeAutonomous Community
AnthemOs Pinos
(The Pines)
CapitalSantiago de Compostela
TypeDevolved government in a constitutional monarchy
BodyXunta de Galicia
PresidentAlberto Núñez Feijóo
Total Area11415.7 sq mi (29574.4 km2)
Area rank7th
Highest Elevation6978.3 ft (2127 m)
Total Population2796089 (5th) (2009)
Density (pop.)auto/km2 (0/sq mi)
galegos (m), galegas (f)
gallegos (m), gallegas (f)
Other information
Area code+34 98-
ISO 3166 codeES-GA
Statute of Autonomy1936
28 April 1981
Official languagesGalician and Spanish
Patron SaintSt. James (25 July)
Parliament75 deputies
Congress25 deputies (out of 350)
Senate19 senators (out of 264)

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:This article is about the region in Spain. For the Polish-Ukrainian region, see Galicia (Eastern Europe).

Galicia (c-enen-us-Galicia-2 is an autonomous community in northwest Spain, with the status of a historic nationality. It is constituted under the Galician Statute of Autonomy of 1981. Its component provinces are A Coruña, Lugo, Ourense and Pontevedra. It is bordered by Portugal to the south, the Spanish regions of Castile and León and Asturias to the east, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, and the Bay of Biscay to the north.

Besides its continental territory, Galicia includes the archipelagos of Cíes, Ons, Sálvora, as well as Cortegada Island, the Malveiras Islands, Sisargas Islands, and Arousa Island.

Galicia has roughly 2.78 million inhabitants as of 2008, with the largest concentration in two coastal areas, from Ferrol to A Coruña in the north-west and from Vilagarcía to Vigo in the south-west. The capital is Santiago de Compostela, in the province of A Coruña. Vigo, in the province of Pontevedra, is the most populous municipality with 297,332 inhabitants and the second most populous city with 206,411 habitants; while A Coruña is the most populous city with 220,581 habitants and the second most populous municipality with 246,056 habitants in its municipality (INE 2009). Both cities are the cores of the two major metropolitan areas of Galicia: Vigo with 666.292 inhabitants, and A Coruña with 408.068 by Ruiz proyect.

Galicia has its own historic language, Galician, which although essentially derived from Latin, Galician has significant Celtic and Germanic content.

Galicia (Spain) Video

The terror of a Galician fisherman with a 'foreign object' The power issues with the supernatural have on people is extraordinary. The latest example is a video that has come to the drafting of Terra Noticias, together with an anonymous note in which the sender says the fear he felt when he spotted a UFO from his boat. While questioning the credibility of the images, since the absence of data we could not collect more information, the video is worthy of being published by the impact and creating curiosity aroused by the possible existence of UFOs in Spain. The most impressive image of the video, which is engraved the most stylish 'Rec' or 'Blair Witch' is not only, obviously, the supposed UFO that crashes into the sea, but also the emergence of 'fighters' and wonder of surprising fishermen for persecution. The Galician fisherman has decided to make public what, they said, lived and experienced while on his boat. While some apparent military aircraft chasing a 'foreign object' that hits the sea and made a spectacular dive, provenance unknown helicopter flies over the boat and ordered the fishermen to hurry to get away from the place where they are. 'Leave the area immediately, please contact the port. They receive instructions ... 'are the words to the fishing. The note accompanying the recording, shows the fear of the sender in such a situation: "Sending this video after much thought, but after the scare, I think it my duty to report this has happened and I do not see any <b>...</b>
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VIDEO DESCARGADO A MAXIMA CALIDAD desde VIDEO downloaded from TERRA.ES---- Entrais en esa pagina ya la derecha arriba un link naranja.------ Dos pescadores gallegos alucinan con unos cazas y un ovni que se sumerge soltando antes unas capsulas. Luego aparece un helicoptero que les expulsa de la zona y les obliga a ir a puerto. Es el que más calidad tiene de los que he visto hasta ahora. EL OVNI GALLEGO LOS MARCIANOS NOS VAN A COMER!!!! Toda la verdad en el blog de Jim-Box:
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British newspaper, The Guardian, has named the Playa de Rodas, in Galicia, as the Best Beach in the World. The beach is part of the Cíes Islands National Park. The paper describes the beach as 'a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea'. There are several British beaches in the paper's top ten, but none on the Mediterranean.
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Northern Spain 2004 - Bilbao, Leon, Vigo, Combarro. Photography: Robbie & Rachid. Mums: Peggy & Doris. Music: Luar Na Lubre. Production: Sandbag Productions.
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Galician traditional folk dance by Celme folk Group. This dance is a 'muiñeira'. Recorded in Vigo, Galicia (NW of Spain), on 07/02/2007. Unha das muiñeiras de Fonsagrada. O grupo que actúa é Celme, de Pontevedra. Gravado en Cotogrande, Vigo, o 07/02/2007.
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Green areas and some streets at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia, Spain
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Two women making lace in a shack on the shore of the Atlantic Ocean in Galicia, Spain
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The Galicia UFO,it was all part of some movie production. Sorry folks so if we could put this one to bed now? thanks ;-)
0.88 min. | 2.70 user rating Santiago de Compostela was one of the three holy cities of the world during the Middle Ages. From far and wide pilgrims made their way on foot to the city in northwestern Spain to visit the shrine of the apostle, St. James. According to the legend, James went to Spain after Christ's crucifixion to preach the gospel. On his return to Jerusalem he was captured by King Herod and beheaded. The friends and followers of James put the apostle's body in a boat and pushed it out to sea. After a journey of many months, the body, covered in seashells, washed ashore in Galicia on the western coast of Spain. The shell later became the symbol of St. James Way. James was buried further inland. His tomb was...
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Some photos of Vigo so that foreign people know this beautiful city. Photos were taken by J.Albertos ( vigo pontevedra gallego galicia españa spain espagne espanha spanien spagna Å panÄlsko espanja hiszpania spanje spania Ä°spanya espainia hispaania ÎÏÏανία...
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500-Mile Pilgrimage Marks 60th Birthday - South County Times Tweet this news
South County Times--The destination is the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela in -Galicia-, Spain, where the remains of the apostle Saint James are said to be buried. "This was something I had wanted to do for years. I just had this realization - Date : Fri, 17 Jun 2011 23:31:05 GMT+00:00
Kiwis southern Spain at risk of Psa - FreshPlaza Tweet this news
FreshPlaza--Another of the enemies causing health warnings in -Galicia- is the bacteria "Pseudomomas syringae", that provokes a fading or bacterial cancer in the kiwi and, as consequence, important losses, since 65% of the Spanish fruit - Date : Thu, 16 Jun 2011 14:07:24 GMT+00:00
Cycling gastro tour of Mallorca: meals on wheels - The Guardian Tweet this news
The Guardian--There is a large fish counter at the entrance to the restaurant, with immaculate seafood both from the local waters and flown in daily from -Galicia-. Although most of us had our heads in our soups through tiredness, we managed a "l - Date : Fri, 17 Jun 2011 23:06:47 GMT+00:00
Prosecutor elevates European drug mule case to MRTC - Journal Online Tweet this news
Journal Online--Ross -Galicia- said the shabu seized was worth about P17 million. Prior to the arrest, surveillance was reportedly made on a certain “Fredy,” said to be a leader of the WADS who had been travelling from Dublin, Ireland along with the P - Date : Fri, 10 Jun 2011 23:18:51 GMT+00:00
Episcopal Church to perform same gender union blessings - The Turlock Journal Tweet this news
The Turlock Journal--Kathryn -Galicia- of St. Francis Episcopal Church. But -Galicia- doesn't foresee any negative responses within the congregation to the new church policy. “We did as the Bishop requested and discussed it among ourselves,” -Gal - Date : Wed, 08 Jun 2011 06:04:27 GMT+00:00
Cannery admits selling Chilean mussels as Galician - FIS Tweet this news
FIS--The complaint had been filed after it was discovered that 27 out of 34 mussel cans which had been tested contained Chilean mussel, desite it stating in the package that it was a species caught near -Galicia-. "The company admitted the mistak - Date : Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:42:39 GMT+00:00
Grupo Financiero Galicia SA (GGAL) Upgraded by Zacks Investment Research to ... - American Banking News Tweet this news
American Banking News--Equities research analysts at Zacks Investment Research upgraded shares of Grupo Financiero -Galicia- SA (NASDAQ: GGAL) from a “neutral” rating to an “outperform” rating in a research note to investors on Monday. Shares of G - Date : Wed, 30 Mar 2011 19:41:22 GMT+00:00
KidsCo incorporated to R - Rapid tv news Tweet this news
Rapid tv news--The contract renewal means that KidsCo will continue to be available to subscribers across linear distribution platforms and VOD, SVOD and IPTV channels in -Galicia-. Kids across the region will continue to be able to watch original content - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 08:23:52 GMT+00:00
Editorial: Probe 'pabaon' - Sun.Star Tweet this news
Sun.Star--Councilor Emmanuel D. -Galicia-, City Council floor leader, minced no words in admitting to reporters only a couple of weeks back that he and his colleagues were handed out a pocket money of P6,000 each -- which was contained in an envelope -- w - Date : Thu, 31 Mar 2011 15:18:48 GMT+00:00
Brussels increases blue whiting quota to 1300 tonnes - FIS Tweet this news
FIS--The Spanish officials presented him with studies by the Xunta de -Galicia- on the socioeconomic impact of the 93 per cent reduction of the TAC for blue whiting, which the European Union (EU) initially agreed for 2011. They demanded that this reductio - Date : Wed, 30 Mar 2011 17:22:36 GMT+00:00

Urbanization : Judicial
City/Town Province Population (2009) City/Town Province Population (2009)
1 Vigo Pontevedra 297,332 11 Carballo A Coruña 30,990
2 A Coruña A Coruña 246,056 12 Redondela Pontevedra 30,001
3 Ourense Ourense 107,742 13 Arteixo A Coruña 29,762
4 Lugo Lugo 96,678 14 Culleredo A Coruña 28,227
5 Santiago de Compostela A Coruña 95,092 15 Ribeira A Coruña 27,518
6 Pontevedra Pontevedra 81,576 16 Ames A Coruña 26,983
7 Ferrol A Coruña 74,273 17 Marín Pontevedra 25,969
8 Narón A Coruña 37,712 18 Cangas de Morrazo Pontevedra 25,748
9 Vilagarcía de Arousa Pontevedra 37,576 19 Cambre A Coruña 23,231
10 Oleiros A Coruña 33,443 20 Ponteareas Pontevedra 23,172

Roman Catholic dioceses in Galicia

Diocese of Ourense * Diocese of Tui-Vigo * Archdiocese of Santiago de Compostela * Diocese of Mondoñedo-Ferrol * Diocese of Lugo

Cities in Galicia

Santiago de Compostela * A Coruña * Vigo * Pontevedra * Ferrol * Lugo * Ourense

Regions (Comarcas) of Galicia

A Baixa Limia * A Barcala * A Coruña * A Fonsagrada * A Limia * A Mariña Central * A Mariña Occidental * A Mariña Oriental * A Paradanta * A Ulloa * Allariz - Maceda * Arzúa * Bergantiños * Betanzos * Caldas * Chantada * Ferrol * Fisterra * Lugo * Meira * Muros * Noia * O Baixo Miño * O Barbanza * O Carballiño * O Condado * O Deza * O Eume * O Morrazo * O Ribeiro * O Salnés * O Sar * Ordes * Ortegal * Os Ancares * Ourense * Pontevedra * Quiroga * Santiago * Sarria * Tabeirós - Terra de Montes * Terra Chá * Terra de Caldelas * Terra de Celanova * Terra de Lemos * Terra de Melide * Terra de Soneira * Terra de Trives * Valdeorras * Verín * Viana * Vigo * Xallas

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