Madeira: Country and Foreign Investment
Madeira is a group of islands with a land area of 314 square miles (801 sq km) in the northeast the North Atlantic between Africa and the Azores. The islands are on the same latitude as the Moroccan city of Casablanca and are approximately 700 kilometres from the coast of northwest Africa. The Madeira Islands consist of the main island of Madeira, Porto Santo and several small deserted islets. The capital city is Funchal on Madeira.
The climate is subtropical and rainfall is plentiful. Madeira is covered in lush green vegetation with the temperature ranging from 17°C to 24°C in the summer and averaging 13°C in winter. The islands experience microclimates which lead to distinct climatic variations between one area and another. Hence in May and June the west coast experiences plenty of sunshine whereas an enveloping cloud known as the capacete often blocks out the sun over Funchal bay.
The airport of Santa Caterina on Funchal has daily flights to Lisbon, taking 90 minutes, and connections to many other European cities. Madeira uses Greenwich Mean Time, plus one hour in summer.