Province of Barcelona

Province of Barcelona

Província de Barcelona (in Catalan)
Provincia de Barcelona (in Spanish)
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Map of Spain with Province of Barcelona highlighted
Map of Spain with Province of Barcelona highlighted
CountrySpain
Autonomous communityCatalonia
CapitalBarcelona
 • President(PSC)
Area
 • Total7,726 km2 (2,983 sq mi)
Area rankRanked 33rd
 1.53% of Spain
Population
 (2018)
 • Total5,609,350[1]
 • RankRanked 2nd
 12.02% of Spain
Official language(s)Catalan and Spanish
ParliamentCortes Generales
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Barcelona (Catalan: [bəɾsəˈlonə], Spanish: [baɾθeˈlona]) 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. Its area is 7,726 km2 (2,983 sq mi).[2] 5,609,350[1] people live in the province, of whom about 30% (1,620,343)[1] live within the administrative limits of the city of Barcelona, which itself is contained in the Barcelona metropolitan area.

Divisions

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: