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Region Valencia (ES)

Total population: 5.1 million

Region profile

The Valencian Community (Comunitat Valenciana) is an autonomous community of Spain located in central and south-eastern Iberian Peninsula. Its capital and largest city is Valencia. The region is divided into three provinces: Alacant, Castelló and València, and thirty-four comarques.

It has 518 km of Mediterranean coastline and covers 23.259 km² of land. The Valencian Community ranks the 4th most populated autonomous community of Spain. The population density is higher in the central and southern regions and minor in the northern and inner ones.

Valencian and Spanish are the official languages of Valencia. Spanish is the official language of the Spanish state, while Valencian is the language considered by the Statute of Autonomy as own language. Valencian is traditionally spoken in the densely populated coastal areas rather than inland, where many places have Spanish as their traditional language.

Valencia conforms an elongated territory, with a rather steep and irregular orography that has made communications and the exploitation of the soil historically difficult, despite the soil being particularly fertile in the coastal plain. This coastal axis has facilitated connections with Europe, either by sea through the Mediterranean, or by land through Catalonia.

 

Health and Social Care in the Region

The Ministry of Health of the Generalitat Valenciana is responsible for health policy and social security. It manages the Health and Hospitals Network and Public Health Care Centers across the Valencian Community.

Links

Conselleria de Sanitat – Generalitat Valenciana

Principe Felipe Research Center

ITACA – TSB (Health and Wellbeing Technologies)