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Islands information
LocationSoutheast Asia
ArchipelagoPhilippine Archipelago
Total islands7107
Major islandsMindanao, Sulu
Geography information
Area97530 km2 (37656.5 mi) (19th)
Elevation9691.6 ft (2954 m)
Highest pointMount Apo
Administration information
Philippines Philippines
RegionsCaraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Davao Region, Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM), SOCCSKSARGEN
ProvincesAgusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-tawi, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Saranggani, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay
Largest cityDavao City
Administration information
Population21582540 as of 2007
Density221.3 km2
Ethnic groupsBajao, Visayan (Butuanon, Surigaonon), Lumad (Kamayo, Manobo, Tasaday, T'boli), Moro (Maguindanao, Maranao), Zamboangueño Latino

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Mindanao -enmɪndəˈnaʊ is the second largest and easternmost island in the Philippines. It is also the name of one of the three island groups in the country, which consists of the island of Mindanao and smaller surrounding islands. The other two are Luzon and the Visayas. The island of Mindanao is called The Land of Promise. Mindanao is the only area of the Philippines with a significant Muslim presence.

Mindanao has been the site of a separatist movement by the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF), caused by religious differences and widespread poverty. Fighting between MILF and Philippine forces has displaced over 100,000 people, and the conflict has brought in Islamic extremism.

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