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Province of Lleida

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The Province of Lleida (Western Catalan: [ˈʎejða]; Spanish: Lérida [ˈleɾiða]; Aranese: Lhèida [ˈʎɛjda]) is one of the four provinces of Catalonia. It lies in north-eastern Spain, in the western part of the autonomous community of Catalonia, and is bordered by the Provinces of Girona, Barcelona, Tarragona, Zaragoza and Huesca and the country of France and the principality of Andorra. It is often popularly referred to as Ponent (i.e. the West).

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Province of Lleida
Província de Lleida (Catalan)
Provincia de Lérida (Spanish)
Província de Lhèida (Occitan)
Coat of arms of Province of Lleida
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Map of Spain with the Province of Lleida highlighted
Coordinates: 42°00′N 1°10′E
Autonomous communityFlag_of_Catalonia.svg Catalonia
  PresidentJoan Talarn i Gilabert[1] (ERC)
  Total12,150 km2 (4,690 sq mi)
  RankRanked 18th
 2.41% of Spain
  RankRanked 33rd
Official languages
ParliamentCortes Generales
A view of Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park.
Monastery of Santa Maria de Bellpuig de les Avellanes.

Of the population of 414,015 (2007), about 30% live in the capital, Lleida. Some other towns in the Province of Lleida are La Seu d'Urgell (see the archbishop, who is also the co-prince to Andorra), Mollerussa, Cervera, Tàrrega, and Balaguer. There are 231 municipalities in Lleida. (See List of municipalities in Lleida.)

Located in the Pyrenees, the Aran Valley is a special comarca with greater autonomy and with Aranese, a variety of Occitan, as its official language.

The Aigüestortes i Estany de Sant Maurici National Park is located in this province.

The province enjoys a thriving fruit-growing industry, including pears and peaches.

According to the 2006 Statute of Autonomy of Catalonia, the provinces of Catalonia are due to be superseded by territorial units (unitats territorials) or vegueries based on a more historical political division, and the Province of Lleida would become two territorial units: Ponent or Terres de Lleida Vegueria (the entire southern area) and Alt Pirineu i Aran Vegueria (the entire northern part plus the comarca of Cerdanya, part of which is currently in the Province of Girona), the county of Solsona going to the Comarques Centrals (Central Counties) Vegueria. The plan is currently on hold as of 2015.