- Population: About 48 million
- Life expectancy: 79 years (men), 85 years (women)
- Capital City: Madrid (also the largest city)
- Main languages: Spanish (known as Castilian) is the official language. There are several regional languages, such as Catalan, and English is widely spoken and understood.
- Main religion: Catholicism. Other religions include Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and other Christian denominations.
- Education is compulsory for children aged between 6 and 16. The school year runs from mid-September to the end of June. Spain’s public schools have good standard.
- Electricity: 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. European-style plugs with two round pins are used.
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- International dialing code: +34
- Internet domain: .es
- Emergency numbers: 112 (general emergencies)
- Spain is the second most visited country in the world after France.
- With its bright blue skies and long coastline with sandy beaches, Spain is a popular destination, despite suffering a harsh economic decline in 2009.
- Locals have a vivacious spirit and have a simple and relaxed lifestyle. Be prepared to slow down.
- If it doesn’t get done today, it’ll get done tomorrow, or maybe the day after. Stressing about it will not get it done any faster.
- Don’t let the overly bureaucratic systems get you down which can be especially prevalent in rural areas.
- Spain is the fifth largest economy in the EU.
- tourism and automotive industries are among the biggest employers.
- Spain was hit hard by the global financial crisis, but the situation is steadily improving. Unemployment rates remain high and jobs are hard to come by.
- The economic downturn means public services may be lacking.
- The cost of living in Spain is low compared to other advanced destinations in Europe.
- The various regions of Spain are very diverse.
- Ibiza, a Spanish island in the Mediterranean Sea, has a reputation for very rowdy, hedonistic nightlife, where party-goers often over-indulge and become aggressive.
- Road Traffic: Drives on the right
- Unlawful to use a mobile phone, walkie-talkie, or other handheld communication device while driving
- Area 505,988 sq km (195,363 sq miles)
- Neighbouring countries: Portugal, France, and Andorra.
- Maps: OpenStreetMap | Google Maps
Spain is a large country and the climate varies across the different regions. The north coast is the coolest and wettest region with an average annual temperature of 14°C (57°F). The central plateau has seasonal extremes with temperatures ranging from 8°C (46°F) in winter to 23 C (73° F) in summer. The south has the most hours of sunshine. Its summers can be uncomfortably hot, but winters tend to be pleasantly mild.
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