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Fishing in Spain

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Espana is a pretty good place to do a lot of sport fishing.  Sport fishing is when you go out into the ocean and fish.  When sport fishing you try to catch the big fish that you normally wouldnt keep to eat or sale.  Although some sport fish you can.  A great place for this would be The Cantabrian Sea.

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Culture of Spain

The culture of Spain is a European culture based on a variety of historical influences, primarily that of Ancient Rome, but also the pre-Roman Celtic and Iberian culture, and that of the Phoenicians and of the Moorish 781 years (711 AD to 1492 AD) of rule. In the areas of language and religion, the Ancient Romans left a lasting legacy. The subsequent course of Spanish history added other elements to the country's culture and traditions.

The Visigothic Kingdom left a sense of a united Christian Hispania that was going to be welded in the Reconquista. Muslim influences were strong during the Middle Ages. The Spanish language derives directly from Vulgar Latin and has minor influences from pre-Roman languages (Iberian and Celtic) and other languages like Gothic and Arabic. Another influence was the minority Jewish population in some cities. After the defeat of the Muslims during the Christian Reconquista ("Reconquest") period between 1000 and 1492, Spain became an almost entirely Roman Catholic country. In addition, the nation's history and its Mediterranean and Atlantic environment have played a significant role in shaping its culture, and also in shaping other cultures, such as the culture of Latin America through the colonization of the Americas.

By the end of the 19th and 20th centuries, the Spaniards made expressions of cultural diversity easier than it had been for the last seven centuries.[clarification needed] This occurred at the same period that Spain became increasingly drawn into a diverse international culture.

Espana's culture is very interesting.  It also has a lot of historical facts.  Some of their historical influences come from Ancient Rome.  But to also add to that they are influenced by Iberian culture.  Espana was later drawn into a diverse international culture.

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Weather in Madrid

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The weather is Madrid is pretty much similar to ours during December.  That goes for most Spain.  The average for Madrid during December is around 48 degrees.  I think that is similar to ours.  So when it comes to weather there isn't a lot of difference between us. 

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Famous People from Spain

There are a lot of famous and important people from Spain.  ALthough some maybe more important than others.  They are all important in their own way.  Some of those people are Pedro Solbes, Cesar Alierta and Pacual Maragall.  I have never in my life heard of any of these people though. 

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Timeline of Spain

This is a timeline of Spanish history, comprising important legal and territorial changes and political events in Spain and its predecessor states. To read about the background to these events, see History of Spain. See also the list of heads of state of Spain.

Visigothic Kingdom persecuted Jews.

This is really a drew out timeline.  Although it is seperated into centuries.  So if your looking for an event and you know what century it occured in, it will be real simple to find using this way of a timeline.  So using this timeline i found a lot of facts that i didn't know.  In the 1800's the Peninsular War happened.  That war lasted 6 years.

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Crops in Spain

Espana has a variety of crops.  Some of their important orchard crops are apples, bananas and pears.  The important vegetable crops are potatoes, onions and peppers.  Espana use to be the world leader in producing olive oil.  Insects are the reason they are no longer the world leader.

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Religion in Spain

Roman Catholicism is the largest denomination of Christianity present in Spain by far. According to an October 2011 study by the Spanish Center of Sociological Research about 70.1% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholics, 2.7% other faith, and about 25% identify with no religion.[2] Most Spaniards do not participate regularly in religious worship. This same study shows that of the Spaniards who identify themselves as religious, 56% goes to mass few times a year, 15% go to mass many times a year, 9% some time per month and 16% every Sunday or multiple times per week.[2] Although a majority of Spaniards are Catholics, most, especially those of the younger generation, ignore the Church's conservative moral doctrines on issues such as pre-marital sex, sexual orientation or contraception.[3][4][5][6] The total number of parish priests has shrunk from 24,300 in 1975 to 19,307 in 2005. Nuns also dropped 6.9% to 54,160 in the period 2000-2005.[7]

According to the most recent Eurobarometer Poll 2005,[8]

While Roman Catholicism is still the largest religion in Spain, most Spaniards— and especially the younger— choose to ignore the Catholic teachings in morals, politics or sexuality, and do not attend Mass regularly.[9][10]Agnosticism and Atheism enjoy social prestige, according to the general Western European secularization.[5][6][9][11][12]Culture wars are far more related to politics than religion, and the huge lack of popularity of typically religion-related issues like Creationism prevent them from being used in such conflicts. Revivalist efforts by the Catholic Church and other creeds have not had any significant success out of their previous sphere of influence.[10][11] According to the Eurobarometer 69 (2008), only 3% of Spaniards consider religion as one of their three most important values, even lower than the 7% European average.[13]

The main religion in Espana is Roman Catholic.  Around 70% of the people in Espana are Catholic.  3% of the people in the country are of other faith.  Around 25% of the people are of no religion.  The younger generation of the people that live there, ignore the issue's of pre-marital sex. 

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Literacy Rate in Spain

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When i saw this on the sheet of paper I had no clue what Literacy Rate is.  Literacy Rate is the proportion of the population over age fifteen that can read and write.  In the year of 2003 the Literacy Rate of Espana's total population was 97.9%.  The males were 98.7% literate.  The females were  97.2% literate.

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Leader of Spain

HRH The Duchess of Badajoz

HRH The Duchess of Soria
HE The Duke of Soria

HRH The Dowager Duchess of Calabria

The leader of Espana is King Juan Carlos I.  He was born on 5th January, 1938.  He earned the position of King on 22nd November, 1975.  He had three children with his wife Sophia.  He know has eight grandchildren. 

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Demographics and Population of Spain

This article is about the demographic features of the population of Spain, including population density, ethnicity, education level, health of the populace, economic status, religious affiliations and other aspects of the population.

Spain has 47,150,819 inhabitants according to 1/1/2010 municipal records (Padrón Municipal).[1] Its population density, at 91.4/km² (229/sq. mile), is lower than that of most Western European countries. With the exception of the capital, Madrid, the most densely populated areas lie around the coast.

The population of Spain doubled during the twentieth century, but the pattern of growth was extremely uneven due to large-scale internal migration from the rural interior to the industrial cities, a phenomenon which happened later than in other Western European countries. No fewer than eleven of Spain's fifty provinces saw an absolute decline in population over the century.

Espana is populated with 47,150,819 people as of 2010.  Espana's fertility rate is 1.47.  That is lower than the EU average.  The racial demographics for Espana are composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types.  That is under ethnic groups.   

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Map of Espana

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Espana is located between Portugal and France.  Espana is not really a larger country.  It is apporximately four times larger than Portugal.  Separated from western Europe by the Pyrenees and from Africa by the Strait of Gibraltar.  There are an estimated 397 cities in Espana.

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Hunting in Spain

Since hunting is big in my life i wanted to look it up in Spain.  About the only kind of animal i saw similar to anything we hunt in America is the Boar and the Roe Deer.  Out of those two the boar would definately be the most dangerous. Boar have tusks in their mouth that can do a lot of damn to a person.  The deer, well they are harmless.

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Soccer in Spain

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To us soccer is kicking a ball around.  But in Espana Kicking a ball around is called football.  Espana is one of the best soccer (football) countries in the world.  They have one of the best teams in the world.  That team is called REAL Madrid.

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Tourist Attraction (Sagrada Familia)

The tourist attraction I found was the Sagrada Familia.  It is suppose to be the number tourist site in Espana.  The Sagrada Familia is located in Barcelona.  The attraction is a huge temple.  It may not look like much in a picture but in person it is suppose to blow you away.

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St. Stephen's Day in Spain

St. Stephens day is actually pretty interesting.  It's a Christian Saint's day celebrated on December 26 in the western church.  It's celebrated the next day at the eatern church.  It's celebrated in rememberance of St. Stephen.  He was the first Christian martyr.

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Industries in Spain

Spain has a variety of industries.  A few of the main ones are food and beverages, energy, and transport materials.  Chemical production is also something major.  Such as sulfuric acids and dyestuffs.  The most important chemical produced would be superphosphates.

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Spain Food

The food I found in Espana was Cochinillo Asado.  That means Roast Suckling Pig.  The fatty outside is suppose to be really crisp.  The meat on the inside is juicy and tender.  So this would be a great meal for a pork lover.

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Spain's Government

After reading the information on this website.  I have discovered that Espana really has two governments.  They have a parliamentary democracy.  And they also have a constitutional monarchy.  I had no clue a country could have two types of government.

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Currency and Exchange Rate of Spain

Espana's currency is the Euro.  On this page a found a money converter that would be helpful to anyone.  One US dollar equals .770562 euro.  This page recommends that if someone was to travel to Spain they should bring more than one way of payment to ensure that at least one way of paying is secure and safe.  So I found this page to be very helpful.   

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Area of Spain

Spain is a country located in southwestern Europe, occupying most (about 85 percent) of the Iberian Peninsula and includes a small exclave inside France called Llívia as well as the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Western Atlantic Ocean 108 km (67 mi) off northwest Africa, and five places of sovereignty (plazas de soberanía) on and off the coast of north Africa: Ceuta, Melilla, Islas Chafarinas, Peñón de Alhucemas, and Peñón de Vélez de la Gomera.

The Spanish mainland is bordered to the south and east almost entirely by the Mediterranean Sea (except for a small land boundary with Gibraltar); to the north by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal. With an area of 504,030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe (behind France) and with an average altitude of 650 m, the second highest country in Europe (behind Switzerland).

Its total area is 504,782 km2 (194,897 sq mi) of which 499,542 km2 (192,874 sq mi) is land and 5,240 km2 (2,023 sq mi) is water.[1] Spain lies between latitudes 26° and 44° N, and longitudes 19° W and 5° E. Its Atlantic coast is 710 km (441 mi) long. The Pyrenees mountain range, extends 435 km (270 mi) from the Mediterranean to the Bay of Biscay. In the extreme south of Spain lie the Straits of Gibraltar, which separate iberian peninsula and the rest of Europe from Ceuta and Morocco in north Africa; at its narrowest extent, Spain and Morocco are separated by only 13 km (8.1 mi).

The total area of Espana is 504,782 km squared.  499,542 km squared of Espana is land.  The other 5,240 km squared of Espana is water.  Espana's Atlantic Coast is 710 km long.  Spain and Morocco are separated by only 13 km.

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Spain Flag

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There are three bands of colors on the flag.  Red at the top and bottom and yellow in the middle.  The yellow is double width.  The red around the symbol is the national coat of arms.  Also with the coat of arms is the royal seal framed by the Pillars of Hercules.

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Country Name and Capital

The name of the country I researched was Espana (Spain).  The capital of Espana Is Madrid.  Madrid holds most of the population in Espana.  Madrid is known across the world for their soccer team, called REAL Madrid.  Madrid is located in the center of Espana.

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