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Football is by far the most popular team sport in Spain. Spain boasts some of the biggest and best sporting football clubs in Europe. The sports season for football in Spain starts in September and runs through until the middle or end of May. Every week more than 300,000 people in Spain flock to the countries dozens of sports stadiums to watch Spanish football league games. Millions of people in Spain love to watch this sport on television. A trip to a sports stadium in Spain to watch a football match is a worthwhile experience even if you’re not a sports fan because the atmosphere is so passionate and electrifying. This is especially so when two major rival sporting clubs meet such as Barcelona and Real Madrid. Football league matches in Spain occur on the weekends, while several European and cup matches take place in Spain mid-week. Tickets to watch this sport vary depending on which clubs are playing, although you can expect to pay between 15-30 Euros for a ticket at a major league sports stadium.

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Same-sex marriage in Spain has been legal since July 3, 2005. In 2004, the nation's newly elected social democratic government, led byPresident José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero, began a campaign for its legalization, including the right of adoption by same-sex couples. After much debate, a law permitting same-sex marriage was passed by the Cortes Generales on 30 June 2005 and published on 2 July 2005.Same-sex marriage became legal in Spain on Sunday, 3 July 2005,making it the third country in the world to do so nationwide, after the Netherlands and Belgium and 17 days ahead of Canada. The ratification of this law was not devoid of conflict, despite support from 66% of the population. Roman Catholic authorities in particular were adamantly opposed, criticising what they regarded as the weakening of the meaning of marriage.

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Weather during this time of year in the capital city

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Due to Madrid's high altitude of 650 metres, it experiences quite different temperatures in the summer and the winter. The most pleasant warm weather falls between May and mid July when average temperatures are between 20 and 32 degrees Celsius (68°F - 90°F).

Towards the end of July, and throughout August, it can get very hot with temperatures sometimes reaching 40 degrees Celsius (100°F). Night-time temperatures remain around 18 degrees Celsius (64°F). However, the climate in Madrid is very low in humidity, therefore making the high temperatures easier to tolerate.

September is a pleasant month, with temperatures back down to around 25 degrees Celsius (77°F). October is also still fairly warm with an average daytime temperature of 20 degrees Celsius (68°F) and is still a pleasant time to visit.

The weather in Madrid is predominantly dry, but that doesn't mean that rain can be ruled out! Especially in the winter months. Do bear in mind that these temperatures are averages, and the weather may fluctuate from the normal.

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Important people

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Important People from Spain

Spain carved out an important position for itself in the world during the Middle Ages, with all her explorations, discoveries, cultural and religious ideas spreading across the world and various other things. There were also several people who contributed to this growth.

Spanish Explorers

Spanish people are mainly known for their voyages, their geographical discoveries, their colonies etc. Given below is a list of some of the very famous Spanish explorers who have made Spain proud with all their journeys and discoveries.
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo
Juan Sebastian Elcano
Hernan Cortes
Francisco Pizarro
Gasper de Portola
Hernanado de Soto
Francisco Vasquez de Coronado
Salvador Fidalgo
Diego de Almagro
Juan Bautista de Anza
Gabriel de Castilla
Fray Tomas de Berlanga

 


Spanish Entertainers


Antonio Banderas, Penelope Cruz, and Ana Belen, are some of the names that comes into our mind when we think of all the famous people that came from Spain, who have made a name for themselves in the field of entertainment. Be it as a director, or an actor or a model, these people have all worked hard to be where they are today; in our hearts and in history. Here are the names of some people from the entertainment field.
Penelope Cruz
Gabino Diego
Juan Diego Botto
Fernando Fernan Gomez
Alfredo Landa
Pedro Amodovar (director)
Isabel Coixet
Victor Erice (director)
Julio Medem (director)
Santiago Segura (director)
Antonio Banderas
Fernando Rey
Fernando Sancho
Paz Vega
Elena Anaya
Mark Consuelos
Iciar Bollain (director)

 


Spanish Artists, Authors, and Musicians

While talking about the famous people in history from Spain, the list would be incomplete with talking about the Spanish people from who have made their names as authors, artists, musicians etc. Here's a list of famous people in history who have made Spain proud with their achievements.
Pablo Picasso (artist)
Salvador Dali (artist)
Gasper Sanz (classical musician)
Teresa Berganza (opera singer)
Miguel Bose (singers)
Enrique Iglesias (singer)
Joan Manuel Serrat (singer)
Miguel de Cervantes (literature)
Gerado Diego (literature)
Carlos Pacheco (artist)
David Aja (comic artist)
Juan Gris (artist)
Javier Marias (literature)
Jose Zorrilla Moral (poet)
Isaac Albeniz (musician)
Ignacio Zuloaga (artist)

 


Spanish Athletes

Here's a list of some of the most famous people in the world from the field of sports. Raul Gonzalez, Sergio Garcia, Rafael Nadal, and the list goes on. Let's see the names of those who have made a name in the sports field.
Carlos Checa (motor sports)
Marc Gene (motor sports)
Raul Gonzalez (football)
Xavi Hernandez (football)
Iker Casillas (football)
Sergio Garcia (golf)
Rafael Nadal (tennis)
Carlos Moya (tennis)
Fernando Verdasco Carmona (tennis)
Galo Blanco (tennis)
Oriol Ripol (rugby)
Pedro Carrasco (boxing)
Federico Martin Bahamontes (cycling)
Abraham Olano (cycling)
Luis Ocana (cycling)
Antonio Diaz Miguel (basketball)
Juan Carlos Navarro (basketball)
David Villa (football)

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Timeline

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BC (12000 BC) Stone Age hunters painted sophisticated cave art near Santander  (1100 BC) Southern Iberia colonized by Phonecians  (228 BC) Carthaginians occupied southern Iberia  (218-220 BC) Iberian Peninsula taken over by Romans in Second Punic War 

74 AD - 900 AD

(74) Roman citizenship given to inhabitants of Iberia  (237) Carthage invaded the Iberian Peninsula  (711) Iberia invaded by Muslim army  (756) Cordoba, capital of new independent Emirate, formed in Iberia  (913) Christians set up capital in Leon after northern Spain territories are retaken 

1000 - 1400

(1013) Spain seperated into small kingdoms  (1085) Christian kingdom took over Toledo  (1137) Kingdom of Aragon formed  (1160-63) Muslim sect took control of Al-Andalus  (1212) Reconquista eliminated Moorish rule  (1248) Fernando III of Castille captured Seville  (1469) Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile marry, brought much needed stability  (1478) The Catholic Spanish Inquisition began  (1492) Granada captured, Moors defeated; Christopher Columbus began voyages of discovery 

1700 - 1800

(1702-14) War of Spanish Succession; Bourbon dynasty accepted Spanish throne  (1808-14) Peninsular War against Napoleon  (1898) Spanish-American five-month War; Spain lost colonies including Cuba, Guam and Puerto Rico 

1900

(1931) Spain became a Republic  (1936-39) Francisco Franco forces victorious in Spanish Civil War; dictatorship established  (1959) ETA established - a soon to be powerful Basque Fatherland and Freedom group  (1968) West African colony of Spanish Guinea granted independence as Equatorial Guinea  (1973) Basque nationalists assassinated Prime Minister Admiral Luis Carrero Blanco in Madrid  (1975) Franco died, Juan Carlos de Borbon declared king. Spain became a constitutional monarchy  (1977) Democratic elections held  (1978) Spain's new constitution established a parliamentary monarchy  (1980) ETA fighting killed 118 people  (1981) Military coup failed  (1982) Spain joined NATO  (1986) Spain joined EEC  (1992) Barcelona hosted Summer Olympic games; Seville hosted Expo 92  (1995) Spain joined European Community  (1996) Jose Maria Aznar became Prime Minister  (1998) Donana National Park severely contaminated by a toxic waste spill 

2000

(2000) ETA responsible for Madrid car bombings  (2002) All currency replaced by the Euro; Oil tanker spill on north coast  (2003) 62 Spanish peacekeepers returning from Afghanistan killed in plane crash in Turkey  (2004) Islamic terrorists attacked Atocha train station in Madrid with bombs; 191 people killed, hundreds injured; Zapatero elected Prime Minister, Spanish troops left Iraq  (2005) Madrid car bombing killed 40  (2006) ETA declared ceasefire; Over 20,000 illegal immigrants from Africa arrived in the Canary Islands  (2007) Spanish Embassy in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, struck by grenade; seven people hurt at Running of the Bulls; forest fires on two Canary Islands forced 11,000 to evacuate  (2008) Plane crash in Madrid killed 153; Historical Memory Law passed, people (approx. 500,000) who had to flee Spain during Civil War have right to apply for Spanish citizenship 

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Typical Crops

Spain has long been Western Europe's leading producer, and the world's foremost exporter, of oranges and mandarins. In the early 1960s, the production of these commodities averaged 1.8 million tons a year, and by the 1980s the annual yield averaged about 3 million tons. Grapefruit, lemons, and limes were also grown in quantity, but Spain was second to Italy among West European producers of these fruits. Spain's citrus groves, all under irrigation, were concentrated in Mediterranean coastal provinces, the Levante, primarily in a narrow coastal strip 500 kilometers in length extending from the province of Castellon to the province of Almeria. Some citrus fruit production also was found in Andalusia.

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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]

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. 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. 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.

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Literacy Rate

List of countries by literacy rate

The figures from the report represent a mixture of data collected by the CIA World Book [1][2] and national self-reported data. Where data was unavailable older figures were used. For highly developed/high income countries where literacy statistics were not collected, a rate of 99% was assumed.

Note: over two-thirds of the world's 793 million illiterate adults are found in only eight countries (Bangladesh, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, and Pakistan); of all the illiterate adults in the world, two-thirds are women; extremely low literacy rates are concentrated in three regions, the Arab states, South and West Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa, where around one-third of the men and half of all women are illiterate

The overall Literacy Rate is 97.7%. The male Literacy Rate is 98.5%. The female LiteracyRate is 97%. That includes induvials that are 15 and over that can read and write.  

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Spain - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Spain (Listeni/ˈspn/ SPAYN; Spanish: España, pronounced: [esˈpaɲa] ( listen)), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España),[c][7] is a sovereign state and a member of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, to which Spain lays claim; to the north and north east by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the northwest and west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.

Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco plus Alborán island, the Chafarinas islands (Islas Chafarinas), Alhucemas island and Perejil (Parsley island). Furthermore, the town of Llívia is a Spanish exclave situated inside French territory. With an area of 505,992 square kilometres (195,365 sq mi), it is the fourth largest country in Europe.

The Spanish Constitution of 1978 is the culmination of the Spainish transtition to democracy. The constitutional history of Spain dates back to the constitution of 1812. Impatient with the pace of democratic political reforms in 1976 and 1977, Spain's new King Juan Carlos, known for his formidable personality, dismissed Carlos Arias Navarro and appointed the reformer Adolfo Suârez as Prime Minister. The resulting general election in 1977 convened the Constituent Cortes (the Spanish Parliament, in its capacity as a constitutional assembly) for the purpose of drafting and approving the constitution of 1978. After a national referendum on 6 December 1978, 88% of voters approved of the new constitution.

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Population and Racial Demographics

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.

Spain has 47,150,819 inhabitants according to 1/1/2010 municipal records. Its population density, at 91.4km (229/sq. mile), is lower than that of most Western Europeancountries. 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.

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Map of Spain

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The Capital of Spain is Madrid. Toledo is known as La Ciudad Imperial, Imperial City for a reason; this is Iberia’s Rome with a cultural slug of mosques, synagogues, churches and museums, plus the added high of a lofty setting, perched on a rocky ridge above Río Tajo. Set on a plain rising gently from the sea to a range of wooded hills, Barcelona is Spain's most cosmopolitan city and one of the Mediterranean's busiest ports. Here in the region’s capital and biggest city, that special Andalucian way of life is distilled into its purest and most intense form. Seville has the most passionate and portentous Semana Santa, Holy Week the most festive and romantic annual feria, fair the best tapas bars, the best nightlife and the most stylish people in Andalucía.


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Co-official
Aranese, Basque, Catalan/Valencian and Galician

Recognised
Aragonese, Asturian/Leonese, Catalan[2]

Unofficial

The languages of Spain or Spanish languages are the languages spoken or once spoken in Spain.  Romance languages are the most widely spoken in Spain; of which Spanish, or Castilian, is the only language which has official status for the whole country.  Various other languages have co-official or recognised status in specific territories, and a number of unofficial languages and dialects are spoken in certain localities.

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Interesting fact #1

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Pamplona, Spain is hosting its annual Festival of San Fermin, most famous for its "Running of the Bulls", an 800-meter chaotic dash from corral to bullring through the narrow streets of Pamplona. Once the bulls arrive at the Plaza de Toros, they are again corralled until the afternoon's bullfights (corridas). The festival, started in the sixteenth century, opened this year on July 6th, and more than a dozen participants have been seriously injured so far, with one death.

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Tourist Attractions

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Spain, one of country with many fascinating tourist attractions. Spain is better known as "sun-drenched and wild land". The country has amazing, "toreros '(bullfighters), and' flamenco bailaors '(dancer). Also, popular for the' Steaming paella and 'pitchers of sangria', this place is simply awesome. The country is also known for its beautiful splendor. You can enjoy many famous touris attractions in Spain like visit the Alhambra in Granada, Seeing the Amazing architecture of Frank Gehry, Skiing in the Sierra Nevada mountain, take part in local village fiesta, see the spectaculer views at Ronda, visit Barcelona, enjoy the Art of Spain and much more.
And here are top 5 tourist attractions in Spain :

1. Real Palacio

    Real Palacio (Royal Palace) of Madrid is the official residence of the king of Spain, although it is only used for state ceremonies. The Royal Palace was built between 1738-1755 and King Carlos III stay in the palace on 1764. Madrid's Royal Palace of is considered to be one of the finest palaces in Europe. It is not the official residence of the King of Spain, that is the Zarzuela Palace outside Madrid, though official banquets and other important state events do take place here.
Real Palacio is the largest palace in Europe by floor area. The palace has 135,000 square metres (1,450,000 sq ft) of floorspace and contains 3418 rooms. The interior of the palace is notable for its wealth of art, in regards to the use of all kinds of fine materials in its construction and the decoration of its rooms with artwork of all kinds, such as paintings by artists such as Caravaggio, Velázquez and Francisco de Goya and frescoes by Corrado Giaquinto, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo and Anton Raphael Mengs. Other collections that are preserved in the building are the Royal Armoury, Porcelain, Watches, Furniture and Silverware.
2. La Concha

    La Concha in San Sebastian is one of the best beaches in Europe, especially Spain. Here you can go surfing, walking along the promenade to find a good restaurant and enjoy the beautiful scenery. La Concha is surrounded by steep cliffs and islands around it. Here visitors can play surf, stroll the beach and enjoy the atmosphere of a typical forage Spain. La Concha is one of the sights in the country of Spain. If you had the opportunity to travel to Spain is not complete if you do not stop at the La Concha. 

Here you’re treated to some amazing views across the bay towards the little tree-topped island of Santa Clara. With soft sand, spectacular views and clean, clear Atlantic waters. But La Concha is long enough and wide enough for you to find a peaceful spot, even in peak season. As you’d expect from a city beach, the facilities are excellent, with plenty of changing rooms and sunbeds. With such a fine combination of culture and natural beauty. La Concha is one of the nicest beaches you'll ever get in a city.
3. Aqueduct Of Segovia

    Ancient aqueducts carries water 16 km (10 miles) from the Frio River to Segovia and constructed of some 24 000 large granite blocks without using mortar. It was built around 50 AD still provide water to the city in the 20th century. Aqueduct Of Segovia become one of famous tourist attractions in Spain.

The aqueducts are located on the Iberian Peninsula and is a part of UNESCO World Heritage Site. The aqueducts are a major architectural landmark in the city. It continues to function to the present day, in good condition and well preserved.

4. Sagrada Familia

    Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona, and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Spain. It was designed by Antoni Gaudí, a Catalan architect who worked on this project for nearly 40 years until his death in 1926. The remarkable church is well worth a visit. You can visit the crypt were Gaudí is buried as well as the transept and central nave with its giant, tree-like pillars and spectacular vaulting. A museum narrates the history of the church and tells the story of its great architect. You can also visit the towers. An elevator and a long walk will lead you to the top of a tower from where you have a magnificent view over Barcelona.
5. Alhambra Palace

    The palace was built in the 14th century by the Nasrid sultans. Alhambra is a palace complex, the royal relics of the golden age of Andalusia located on a hill at the edge of Granada city province of Andalusia region of southern Spain. Alhambra is also one of the top cultural highlights ever achieved by a European. Complex that was about 1300 years, ever became a settlement for forty thousand people, complete with housing, schools and gardens and their gardens. Alhambra palace is now one of the major Spain's tourist attractions and many visitors come to Granada just to see the Alhambra.

 

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Important Holiday's

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January 1 New Years 
January 6 Three Kings Day 
April 2 Good Friday 
April 4 Easter Sunday 
May 1 Worker's Day 
August 15 Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary 
October 12 Spanish National Festival 
November 1 All Saints Day 
December 6 Constitution Day 
December 8 The Immaculate Conception 
December 25 Christmas

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Industries important to Spain

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There are many industries of Spain. There is tourism, textiles and footwear, food and beverages, shipbuilding, construction, machine tools, metals.

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Typical food

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Paella is a traditional Spanish dish from Valencia. It is a rice dish that can have meat, fish, seafood, and vegetables and is characterized by its use of saffron to give it a yellow color and unique flavor. Jamón serrano and jamón ibérico are dry-cured Spanish hams that are served in thin slices and are a typical Spanish food. Another traditional Spanish food, queso manchego is typically eaten together with jamón serrano oribérico. Tapas is a great Spanish food tradition composed of small dishes of different types of food, like appetizers or snacks.

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Type of Government

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Spain (Listeni/ˈspn/ SPAYN; Spanish: España, pronounced: [esˈpaɲa] ( listen)), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España),[c][7] is a sovereign state and a member of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Its mainland is bordered to the south and east by the Mediterranean Sea except for a small land boundary with the British Overseas Territory of Gibraltar, to which Spain lays claim; to the north and north east by France, Andorra, and the Bay of Biscay; and to the northwest and west by the Atlantic Ocean and Portugal.

Spanish territory also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean off the African coast, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco plus Alborán island, the Chafarinas islands (Islas Chafarinas), Alhucemas island and Perejil (Parsley island). Furthermore, the town of Llívia is a Spanish exclave situated inside French territory. With an area of 505,992 square kilometres (195,365 sq mi), it is the fourth largest country in Europe.

Spain is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary monarch and bicameral parliament, the Cortes Generales. The executive branch consists of a Council of Ministers ofSpain presided over by the Prime Minister, nomimated and appointed by the monarch and confirmed by the Congress of Deputies following legislative elections. By political custom established by King Juan Carlos since the ratification of the 1978 Constitution, the king's nominees have all been from parties who maintain a plurality of seats in the Congress. The legislative branch is made up of the Congress of Deputies (Congreso de los Diputados) with 350 members, elected by popular vote on block lists by proportional representation to serve four-year terms, and a Senate (Senado) with 259 seats of which 208 are directly elected by popular vote and the other 51 appointed by the regional legislatures to also serve four-year terms. Spain is organizationally structured as a so-called Estado de las Autonomías it is one of the most decentralized countries in Europe, along with Switzerland, Germany and Belgium; for example, all Autonomous Communities have their own elected parliaments, governments, public administrations, budgets, and resources. Health and education systems among others are managed regionally, and in addition, the Basque Country and Navarre also manage their own public finances based onforal provisions. In Catalonia and the Basque Country, a full fledged autonomous police corps replaces some of the State police functions.

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Currency and Exchange Rate

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Currency used in Spain which is Euro, like many of the countries of the European Union,One Euro values up to 1.3491U.S dollars. Notes with denominations of five, ten, twenty, hundred, two hundred and five hundred Euros are available in the market. The coins in the Spain Currency of Euro start with a 1 cent piece and ends with a 2 Euro piece. Spain has used the euro since 2002, which replaced the old peseta. The euro is the only currency accepted in Spain - it is unlikely you'll be able to use anything else, even in the airport.

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Area of Spain

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Occupying the greater part of the Iberian Peninsula, Spain is the third-largest country in Europe, with an area of 504,782 sq km (194,897 sq mi). Comparatively, the area occupied by Spain is slightly more than twice the size of the state of Oregon. This total includes the Balearic Islands (Islas Baleares) in the western Mediterranean Sea and the Canary Islands (Islas Canarias) in the Atlantic Ocean west of Morocco; both island groups are regarded as integral parts of metropolitan Spain. The Spanish mainland extends 1,085 km (674 mi) E – W and 950 km (590 mi) N – S . Bordered by the Bay of Biscay, France, and Andorra on the N , by the Mediterranean on the E and S , by Gibraltar and the Strait of Gibraltar on the S , by the Gulf of Cádiz on the SW , and by Portugal and the Atlantic on the W , Spain has a total land boundary of 1,918 km (1,192 mi) and a coastline of 4,964 km (3,084 mi). Spain also holds Ceuta, Melilla, and other "places of sovereignty" in the north of Morocco.

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The flag of Spain (Spanish: Bandera de España, colloquially known as "la Rojigualda"), as it is defined in the Spanish Constitution of 1978, consists of three horizontal stripes: red, yellow and red, the yellow stripe being twice the size of each red stripe. Traditionally, the middle stripe was defined by the more archaic term of gualda, and hence the popular name rojigualda (red-weld).

The origin of the current flag of Spain is the naval ensign of 1773,[1]Pabellón de la Marina de Guerra under Charles III of Spain. It was chosen by Charles III himself among 12 different flags designed by Antonio Valdés y Bazán (all projected flags were presented in a drawing which is in the Naval Museum of Madrid).[2] The flag remained marine for much of the next 50 years, flying over coastal fortresses, marine barracks and other naval property. During the Peninsular War the flag could also be found on marine regiments fighting inland. Not until 1820 was the first Spanish land unit (The La Princesa Regiment) provided with one and it was not until 1843 that Queen Isabella II of Spain would make the flag official.[3]

Throughout the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, the color scheme of the flag remained intact, with the exception of the Second Republic period (1931–1939); the only changes centered on the coat of arms.

The flag of Spain it defines the Spanish Constitution of 1978, consists of three horizontal stripes, red, yellow and red, the yellow stripe being twice the size of each red stripe. Traditionally, the middle stripe was defined by the more archaic term of gualda. The orgin of the current flag of Spain is the naval ensign of 1773, under Charles III of Spain. It was chosen by Charles III himself among 12 different flags designed by Antonio Valdés y Bazán (all projected flags were presented in a drawing which is in the Naval Museum of Madrid). The flag remained marine for much of the next 50 years, flying over coastal fortresses, marine barracks and other naval property. 

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Country name and capital Spain

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In Spanish Spain is reffered to as Reino de España, meaning the Kingdom of Spain. Spain is a member of the European Union and is located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. Spain's population constits of 47,150,819 people living in Spain. In Spain there are several different languages, of course there's Spanish which 89% of Spain speaks Spanish, 9% is Catalan/Valencian, 5% is Galician, Basque is 1%, and the other 3% is other native languages. Madrid is the capital of Spain.

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