Province of Barcelona

This article is about the Spanish province. For the similarly-named province in South America, see Barcelona Province (Gran Colombia).
Province of Barcelona
Província de Barcelona (Catalan)
Provincia de Barcelona (Spanish)


Coat of arms

Map of Spain with Province of Barcelona highlighted
Country Spain
Autonomous community  Catalonia
Capital Barcelona
  President Mercè Conesa i Pagès (CDC)
  Total 7,733 km2 (2,986 sq mi)
Area rank Ranked 33rd
  1.53% of Spain
Population (2013)
  Total 5,540,925[1]
  Rank Ranked 2
  11.76% of Spain
Official language(s) Catalan and Spanish
Parliament Cortes Generales

Barcelona (Catalan: [bəɾsəˈɫonə], Spanish: [barθeˈlona]) is a province of eastern Spain, in the center of the autonomous community of Catalonia. The province is bordered by the provinces of Tarragona, Lleida, and Girona, and by the Mediterranean Sea. 5,540,925[1] people live in the province, of whom about 30% (1,621,537) live within administrative limits of city of Barcelona. Its area is 7,733 km² and cover Barcelona metropolitan area.

The capital of the province is the city of Barcelona, and the provincial council is based in the Casa Serra on the Rambla de Catalunya in that city. Some other cities and towns in Barcelona province include L'Hospitalet de Llobregat, Badalona, Cerdanyola del Vallès, Martorell, Mataró, Granollers, Sabadell, Terrassa, Sitges, Igualada, Vic, Manresa, Berga. See also List of municipalities in Barcelona.

Since the division by provinces in Spain and the division by comarques in Catalonia do not completely agree, the term comarques of the province of Barcelona would not be entirely correct. However, a list of the comarques that are included—totally or partially—in the province of Barcelona can be made:

Notes and references

  1. 1 2 Population Figures referring to Municipal Register 1 January 2013 - Instituto Nacional de Estadística. (National Statistics Institute)
Wikisource has the text of the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica article Barcelona (Spanish province).

Coordinates: 41°40′N 2°00′E / 41.667°N 2.000°E / 41.667; 2.000

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