Shetland

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Coordinates: 60°18′14″N 1°16′08″W / 60.3038°N 1.2689°W / 60.3038; -1.2689 Shetland (from Ȝetland; Middle Scots) is a subarctic archipelago in Scotland, off the northeast coast. The islands lie to the northeast of Orkney, 280 km (170 mi) from the Faroe Islands and form part of the division between the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the North Sea to the east. The total area is approximately 1,466 km2 (566 sq mi) with a population of 22,000 (2008). Administratively, Shetland is one of the 32 council areas of Scotland for which the now-archaic spelling Zetland was used until 1970.[1] The islands' administrative centre and only burgh is Lerwick.

The largest island, known simply as "Mainland", has an area of 967 km2 (373 sq mi), making it the third-largest Scottish island and the fifth-largest of the British Isles. Shetland is also a lieutenancy area, comprises the Shetland constituency of the Scottish Parliament, and was formerly a county.

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