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Jaén (Spanish province)

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Jaén (Spanish province)


Coat of arms

Map of Spain with Jaén highlighted

Coordinates: 38°00′N 3°30′W / 38.000°N 3.500°W / 38.000; -3.500Coordinates: 38°00′N 3°30′W / 38.000°N 3.500°W / 38.000; -3.500

Autonomous community Andalusia
Capital Jaén
 • President Francisco Reyes (PSOE)
 • Total 13,484 km2 (5,206 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 14th
Population (2003)
 • Total 666,190
 • Rank Ranked 23rd
 • Density 49/km2 (130/sq mi)
Official language(s) Spanish

Jaén (pronounced: [xaˈen]) is a province of southern Spain, in the eastern part of the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the provinces of Ciudad Real, Albacete, Granada and Córdoba. Its capital is Jaén city.

Its area is 13,484 km². Its population is 657,387 (2003), of whom just about one-sixth live in the capital. It contains 97 municipalities.

One of the lesser known provinces of Spain compared to the heavily tourist-oriented coast, it has four national parks (one the size of the entire region of La Rioja), and many other protected natural areas. The province also contains two Renaissance cities, Úbeda and Baeza, both recently declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

The annual chess tournament held in Linares attracts many of the world's best players.

Jaén is one of the larger producers of olive oil in the world. It produces around 60% of all Spanish production.

See also

External links

  • (Spanish)Despeñaperros Natural Park
  • (Spanish)Sierra de Andújar Natural Park
  • (Spanish)Sierra Mágina Natural Park
  • (Spanish)Sierras de Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas Natural Park
  • (Spanish)Cazorla, Segura y Las Villas
  • (English)Photo album from La Iruela Castle - Jaén - Andalusia

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