is a province
of northern Spain
, in the northern part of the autonomous community
of Castile and León
. It is bordered by the provinces of León
, and Valladolid
Of the population of 176,125 (2002), 45% live in the capital, Palencia. There are 191 municipalities in the province, of which more than half are villages with fewer than 200 people.
See List of municipalities in Palencia.