Las Palmas, officially Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, or *, .}} is a city and capital of Gran Canaria island, in the Canary Islands, off the northwestern coast of Africa. It is the co-capital, the most populous city in the autonomous community of the Canary Islands, and the ninth largest city in Spain with a population of 383,308 in 2010. It is also the fifth most populous urban area in Spain and ninth or tenth most populous metropolitan area in Spain. Las Palmas is located in the northeastern part of the island of Gran Canaria, about off the Moroccan coast The city was founded in 1478, and considered the de facto It is the home of the Canarian Ministry of Presidency, as well as half of the Ministries and Boards of the Canarian Government, and the High Court of Justice of the Canary Islands. It is the judicial and commercial capital of the Canary Islands, and is also home to a large part of the executive power.