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Madeira and Porto Santo together have approximately 280,000 inhabitants (2017); the interior is virtually uninhabited and in fact 90% of the population lives on the narrow coastal strip along the south coast. Every year about 500,000 tourists come to the archipelago. Much of Madeira's population lives in the capital, Funchal, which is by far the largest city on the island with 100,000 inhabitants. The population density of Madeira is approximately 370 inhabitants per km2.

Until the 1970s, the flow of emigrants grew dramatically. The favorites were Venezuela and South Africa, where about 100,000 Madeirans now live.


Catling, C. / Madeira

Lipps, S. / Madeira

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Schetar, D. / Madeira
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Stiller, R. / Madeira
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Underwood, J. / Het Madeira-boek
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