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A Coruña

Administration
Full nameA Coruña
Other nameCorunna
Settlement typeCity
MottoA Coruña, a cidade onde ninguén é forasteiro (A Coruña, the city where nobody is a stranger)
CountrySpain
RegionGalicia
ProvinceA Coruña
CountyA Coruña
Government
TypeMayor-council
BodyConcello da Coruña
MayorCarlos Negreira
Geography
Total Area14.6 sq mi (37.83 km2)
Demography
Total Population246056 (2008)
Density (pop.)6613/km2 (17127.7/sq mi)
Metro (pop.)419800
DemonymCorunnan
coruñés (m), coruñesa (f)
Other information
Time zoneCET (GMT +1) (UTC)
- Summer (DST)CEST (GMT +2) (UTC)
Postcode15001-15011
Area code+34 981

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A Coruña or La Coruña (still sometimes known as Corunna in English, and archaically as The Groyne) is a city and municipality of Galicia, Spain. It is the second-largest city of the autonomous community and seventeenth overall in the country. The city is the provincial capital of the province of the same name, having also served as political capital of the Kingdom of Galicia from the XVIth to the XIXth centuries, and as a regional administrative centre between 1833 and 1982, before being replaced by Santiago de Compostela.

A Coruña is a busy port located on a promontory in the entrance of an estuary in a large gulf (the Portus Magnus Artabrorum of the classical geographers) on the Atlantic Ocean. It provides a distribution point for agricultural goods from the region. Although much of the heavy industry is based on the shipyards and metalworks of the neighbouring city of Ferrol, there is an oil refinery in A Coruña itself.


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