Iberian Peninsula

Iberian Peninsula
Native names
España y Portugal.jpg
Satellite image of the Iberian Peninsula
Iberia (orthographic projection).svg
LocationSouthern Europe
Coordinates40°30′N 4°00′W / 40.500°N 4.000°W / 40.500; -4.000Coordinates: 40°30′N 4°00′W / 40.500°N 4.000°W / 40.500; -4.000
Area583,254 km2 (225,196 sq mi)
Highest elevation3,478 m (11411 ft)
Highest pointMulhacén
Populationca. 53 million

The Iberian Peninsula (/ˈbɪəriən/),[a] also known as Iberia,[b] is a peninsula in south-western Europe, defining the westernmost edge of Eurasia. It is divided between Peninsular Spain and Continental Portugal, comprising most of the region, to which a small part of Southern France, Andorra, and Gibraltar add up. With an area of approximately 583,254 square kilometres (225,196 sq mi),[1] and a population of roughly 53 million,[2] it is the second-largest European peninsula by area, after the Scandinavian Peninsula.

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  1. ^ Lorenzo-Lacruz et al. 2011, p. 2582.
  2. ^ Triviño, María; Kujala, Heini; Araújo, Miguel B.; Cabeza, Mar (2018). "Planning for the future: identifying conservation priority areas for Iberian birds under climate change". Landscape Ecology. 33 (4): 659–673. doi:10.1007/s10980-018-0626-z. hdl:10138/309558. ISSN 0921-2973. S2CID 3699212.

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