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2 - Geographical situation
The Balearic Islands are situated in the Mediterranean at about a hundred kilometers off the Spanish coast. The archipelego is formed by two groups of islands : the Balearic islands (Mallorca and Minorca) and the Pithyuses (Ibiza and Formentera) on the south west of the archipelego. There is 1239 kms of coast line in all.

Mallorca is the biggest island with the largest population and also the most important. Minorca is rocky, flat and arid. Ibiza and Formentera have a richer vegetation and higher altitudes. The total surface of all the islands is 5014 sq. kms (Mallorca 3460, Minorca 700, Ibiza 572, Formentera 100).
Mallorca has 572,229 inhabitants. The culminating point is the Torrellas o Puig Mayor, 1445 meters.
302,000 people live in the capital, Palma
Minorca is to the north east and has 60,802 inhabitants.
Mahon, the main town has a population of 22,926.
Ibiza which lies to the south east has a population of 67,340 inhabitants.
Formentera which is south of Ibiza has 35,032 inhabitants.

There are also 7 small islands :
Aire - Aucanada - Botafoch - Cabrera (made a national park in 1988) - Dragonera - Pinto - El Rey (Pinto and El Rey are part of the Pithyuses).
Mallorca and Ibiza are the most touristic islands. Formentera is not visited much and Minorca is not very well developed.
These islands are an ideal destination for out of season travelling, particularly as they are hardly at all developed industrially.

3 - Economy & statistics
The Balearic islands are part of Spain and their economy depends on the Iberian peninsula.

Tourism is the main source of revenue, making 70% of the archipelego's income.
 4 - Agriculture
The fertile soil and the very mild climate make the country a good producer of fruit and wine.
Crops are barley (18%), wheat (10%) and vines (6%), but the harvest of cereals is not very good.

Olive and almond trees grow well in the Mediterranean climate.

Spain (with the Balearic islands) is the second biggest orange producer in the world and the biggest producer of olive oil.

Agriculture and fishing have been in constant decline since 1950.

5 - Industries
Artisanal work and industry form 24% of the gross domestic product of the Balearic islands : leatherwork, shoes, glassware, ceramics and pottery, weaving, artificial pearls and the milk industry.

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