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Santo Tirso

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, and to the southeast by the waterways adjoining the Mediterranean to and including the Black Sea and the Caucasus Mountains. 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 Tirso is a city and municipality located in the north of Porto Metropolitan area, Porto district, Portugal. In the region of Ave valley, there is a large center of textile industry. The city population is 14000 as per last 2001 census, the urban area of the city with 7 parishes has 26638 inhabitants. Total municipality population is 73000 in 24 parishes.
The important center in the municipality is Vila das Aves. Vila das Aves has a population of 8492 as of 2001 Census. It is an industrial town and parish in northern Portugal. It is located in the municipality of Santo Tirso, 6 kilometers to the northeast of the municipality seat, the city of Santo Tirso proper, bordering the parish of Lordelo in the municipality of Guimaraes. Vila das Aves is nowadays, after Santo Tirso itself, the most important town in the municipality of Santo Tirso.

Presently, Santo Tirso experiences a sharp social, economic and population growth derivative of the strategic position of the locality and the high level of well-being and quality of life that is enjoyed with respect to other places of Europe. This fact has consolidated along with other adjacent municipalities, as a great alternative for residence.

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