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Spain

Flag of Spain

Official languages
Capital
Spanish
Madrid
Area
Government
505,992 km2
constitutional monarchy
Population
Religion
46,704,314 Spanish and other Europeans 89%, Muslims 11% (including immigrants)
Catholic 67%, None 24%, Muslim 6%, Protestant 2%, Judaism 1%
Time zone
Currency
CET (UTC+1)
Euro
Demonym Spanish
Location of Spain in Europe

Spain is a country in southern Europe, situated in the Iberian Peninsula.

Spain is a member state of the European Union and a member state of the eurozone. Spain has influence in Europe and is a modern and developed state. Its capital city is Madrid, but there are other important cities, like Barcelona and Valencia.

The government is officially a unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy. The current king of Spain is Felipe VI.

La Alhambra

Geography[edit | edit source]

Occupying the greater part of the Iberian Peninsula, in the southern of Europe. It borders Andorra, Portugal, Gibraltar, France and Morocco.

Economy[edit | edit source]

Spain is the 14th largest economy in the world and the 4th largest economy in the European Union. The quality life is also include in the top 10. Spain is a victim of a big crisis, like other countries in the EU. Currently, political corruption has become a problem for all of its citizens.

There is another issue facing Spain's parliament and political system; the Catalan Parliament wants to declare Catalonia's independence from Spain, which would make it a separate country. They already tried to do this once, through a public referendum, but the person who was Prime Minister of Spain, Mariano Rajoy, ruled that the vote organised by the Catalan Parliament was against Spain's constitution and ruled it illegal.

The referendum still went ahead without the Spanish government's permission. The leader of the Catalan Parliament, Carles Puigdemont, announced the result and declared Catalonia independent. However, this was rejected by the Spanish government and it lead to serious riots in the territory, in which lots of people were hurt. The Catalan Parliament was suspended and some of its senior members were arrested. They are currently on trial on a charge of sedition; this means that they're being tried for speaking or behaving in a way which causes people to rebel against a government or a monarch. Carles Puigdemont is currently in exile in Belgium, to avoid being arrested.

Spain has the fastest growing economy in the EU.

History[edit | edit source]

The history of Spain is very long. Many civilizations occupied the Penninsula like Phoenicians, Greeks and Carthaginians.

Cities[edit | edit source]

A partial view of Madrid

Madrid is the Capital City of Spain and the most populous city. But there are other important cities: Zaragoza, Barcelona, Bilbao or Valencia.

Spanish cities are compared like other cities in the Iberian Peninsula.

Climate[edit | edit source]

Spain is known as the "Country of Sun". Spain has got hot summers and cold winters in the interior of the country and cool summers and winters in other places of the country like Valencia, Cádiz or Canary Islands.

Languages[edit | edit source]

The official language is Spanish. But there are other languages spoken in the territory, like Catalan language, Basque language and more.

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