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Santo Andre (Santiago do Cacem)

Europe is one of the five inhabited traditional continents of the Earth. Physically and geologically, Europe is the westernmost peninsula of Eurasia, west of Asia. Europe is bounded to the north by the Arctic Ocean, to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea. On the east, Europe is divided from Asia by the water divide of the Ural Mountains and by the Caspian Sea. Europe is the world's second-smallest continent in terms of area and third-largest continent after Asia and Africa in population.
Santo Andre is located in the province of South Alentejo, in Portugal, and belongs to the municipality of Santiago do Cacem. It is very near the sea and also near the Alentejo Southwest protected area. Its climate is temperate in the winter. Thin-sand soil can be found in some places and in the city there are a lot of pine trees. Santo Andre occupies an area of 74.32 square kilometers with a population of 10,751, most of which are Roman Catholic.
In the beginning of 2005 it was considered to have about 14,000 inhabitants. The extensive forest that protects Santo Andre is a good example of possible respect between the protection of the environment and the industrial development. It is a planned city built in the 1980s, to serve the region's oil industry. There are beaches of thin sand and a sea of infinity blue. The golden sand beaches seems to have no limits. Santo Andre has three primary schools. Santo Andre, although small, contains a University Campus.
It is one of the youngest cities in the world with approximately 2 years as a city and 30 years since it was founded. Santo Andre was built during the 1970s to answer the housing needs of the workers of the industrial complex of Sines. These people were mainly skilled technicians and people with an average education or higher. Nowadays, industry is very important to the economy, giving work to thousand of people of Santo Andre. Local commerce is also important but on a smaller scale.

Santo Andre, justifiably so, enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers, and is one of the most visited places. It is also said the place of best geographical environment and can trace its origin back to prehistoric times.

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