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Madrid (autonomous community)

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Comunidad de
Madrid
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Capital Madrid
Area
 – Total
 – % of Spain
Ranked 12th
 8 028 km²
 1,6%
Population
 – Total (2003)
 – % of Spain
 – Density
Ranked 3rd
 5 527 152
 13,2%
 688,48/km²
Demonym
 – English
 – Spanish

 Madrilenian
 madrileño/a
Statute of Autonomy March 1, 1983
ISO 3166-2 M
Parliamentary
representation

 – Congress seats
 – Senate seats
 34
 4 (elected) + 6 (appointed)
PresidentEsperanza Aguirre (PP)
Comunidad de Madrid (http://www.comadrid.es/)

Madrid is one of Spain's seventeen autonomous communities, located in the centre of the country. It is coterminous with the province of Madrid, and contains the city of Madrid which is the capital of the province, the community, and the country.

Madrid is bordered by the autonomous communities of Castile-Leon (provinces of Ávila and Segovia) and Castile-La Mancha (provinces of Guadalajara, Cuenca, and Toledo).

Over half of the population live in the capital. Other cities located in the community include Alcalá de Henares, San Lorenzo de El Escorial and Aranjuez. There are 179 municipalities in Madrid. See List of municipalities in Madrid.

Madrid was formerly considered part of New Castile (see Castile-La Mancha) but was made into its own community at the beginning of the autonomía system because of great economic disparity between Madrid and the Castilian-Manchego hinterland.

Madrid is also home to the Circuit del Jarama, a motorsport race circuit which formerly hosted the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix.


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