Spain

Spain is country of Europe located in south Europe.

Details

Official Name:Kingdom of Spain
Capital:Madrid
Total area:505 992 km2
GDP per capita:$30,557
Native Language:Spanish
Government:Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
Population:47,265,321
Major Religion:Roman Catholicism
Monetary Unit:Euro (EUR)

High plateaux and mountain ranges such as the Pyrenees and the Sierra Nevada dominate mainland Spain. Running from these heights are several major rivers such as the Ebro, the Duero, the Tagus and the Guadalquivir. The Balearic Islands lie offshore in the Mediterranean while the autonomous Canary Islands are to be found off the African coast.

Spain is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary monarch and a parliament with two chambers: the Cortes. The 1978 constitution values linguistic and cultural diversity within a united Spain. The country is divided into 17 autonomous communities (regions) which all have their own directly elected authorities. In Catalonia, the Basque Country and Galicia, the regional languages have official status alongside the national Spanish language, which is also called Castilian.

Spain’s service and manufacturing sectors are strong, while agriculture (especially fruit and vegetables, olive oil and wine) and tourism are also very profitable.

From Velázquez in the 17th century, through Goya in the 18th and 19th, to Picasso, Dali and Miro in the 20th, Spain has a rich artistic culture. Spanish Flamenco music and dance are widely admired around the world while Cervantes' novel Don Quixote is one of the landmarks of modern European literature. Spanish film directors such as Pedro Almodóvar, Alejandro Amenábar and Luis Buñuel have received several international prizes.

Spanish cuisine is known for its paella (a rice dish with chicken, seafood and vegetables), tortilla (omelette with potatoes) and sangria (red wine served with fruit).

Health & Welfare

The state provides a public health system consisting of free or low cost health services for all citizens. Other welfare programs include unemployment benefits, sickness benefits, maternity benefits, and old age pensions.

Economy & Jobs

Information technology, engineering, manufacturing, energy, finance, fishing, mining, tourism, forestry, and agriculture.

Main Attractions

Madrid, Barcelona city, Bilbao city, Granada town, San Sebastian city, Seville city, Toledo medieval city, Valencia city, Balearic and Canary Islands.

Economy

The economy of Spain is the 13th-largest economy in the world, the fifth-largest in the European Union, and the fourth-largest in the Eurozone, based on nominal GDP comparisons. But still, they are having an economic crisis. Spain is regarded as the world's 23rd most developed country, among the countries of very high human development.

Between 2008 and 2012 the economic boom of the 2000s was reversed, leaving a quarter of Spain's workforce unemployed by 2012.

Immigration possibilities

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