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Fuerteventura – ES704

EU regions: Spain > Canary Islands > Canarias > Fuerteventura

map of Fuerteventura ES704
Gross domestic product
GDP per capita in PPS of EU average202163

More on wikipedia wikidata Q192534 Fuerteventura slovensky: ES704


number of inhabitants2023124 152
population density202274.5
old-age dependency ratio202316.6
demographic pyramid ES704 Fuerteventura

From Wikipedia:

Fuerteventura (pronounced [ˌfweɾteβenˈtuɾa]) is one of the Canary Islands, in the Atlantic Ocean and is part of the North Africa region, politically part of Spain. At 1,660 square kilometres (640 sq mi), it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. As of 2018, Fuerteventura has 113,275 inhabitants. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO in May 2009. Its capital is Puerto del Rosario.


The island's name is a compound word formed by the Spanish words for „strong" (fuerte) and „fortune" (ventura). Traditionally, Fuerteventura's name has been regarded as a reference to the strong winds around the island and the resulting danger to nautical adventurers. However, it might have referred instead (or also) to wealth, luck or destiny.

In 1339 the Mallorcan navigator Angelino Dulcert, in the Planisferio de Angelino Dulcert, referred to the island as „Forte Ventura“.

Another theory is that the island's name derives from „Fortunatae Insulae" (Fortunate Islands), the name by which the Romans knew the Canary Islands.

The indigenous name of the island, before its conquest in the 15th century, was Erbania, divided into two regions (Jandía and Maxorata), from which the name majorero (originally majo or maxo) derives.

Other: Canarias, Gran Canaria, La Gomera, Tenerife, Lanzarote, El Hierro, La Palma, Fuerteventura

Suggested citation: Michal Páleník: Europe and its regions in numbers - Fuerteventura – ES704, IZ Bratislava, retrieved from: https://www.iz.sk/​PES704, ISBN: 978-80-970204-9-1, DOI:10.5281/zenodo.10200164