The Outermost Regions: European lands In the world - Azores
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Situated in the Atlantic North, 1450 km from the Portuguese mainland, the Azores is an archipelago of 9 islands with 250 000 inhabitants.
The geostrategic position of the Azores, its large maritime exclusive economic zone and rich biodiversity are strong assets. It is a privileged location for the development of spatial technologies, a solid blue growth sector and tourism.
Agriculture is essential for the region´s economy (e.g. production of beef and milk). The local production of pineapple, wine and canned fish can become a real
But the region faces many challenges. The unemployment rate of young people is more than double the EU average. Low level of qualification and early school leaving remain issues.
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