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Azores , Portugal


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The Azores , officially the Autonomous Region of the Azores , is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, composed of nine volcanic islands situated in the North Atlantic Ocean about 1,360 km west of continental Portugal, about 880 km  northwest of Madeira, about 1,925 km  southeast of Newfoundland, and about 6,392 km  northeast of Brazil. Its main industries are agriculture, dairy farming , livestock ranching, fishing, and tourism, which is becoming the major service activity in the region. In addition to this, the government of the Azores employs a large percentage of the population directly or indirectly in many aspects of the service and tertiary sectors.


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