Spain

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Location: Southwestern Europe

Bordering Countries: Portugal, Andorra, Morocco, United Kingdom, France

Capital City: Madrid

Other Main Cities:  Seville, Granada, Valencia, Malaga, Marbella, Salamanca, Santander, Bilbao, Cordoba, Toledo, Fuerteventura, Menorca, Gerona, Zaragoza, San Sebastian, Alicante, Cadiz, Leon, Pamplona, Valladolid, Almeria

Language(s): Spanish

Population: 46 million +

Religion: Catholicism (69%), No religion (26%), Other (4%), No answer (2%)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Iberia

Known for: paella, matadors, sea, Salvador Dali, Antonio Banderas, coasts, siesta, fiesta, sangria, Alhambra, football, chupitos, La Sagrada Familia, La Tomatina, Ibiza, Barcelona, flamenco, architecture, Andalusia, literature,  Pablo Picasso, Penelope Cruz, tapas, wine, Gaudi, beaches, language, landscapes, olive oil, Real Madrid, Miguel Cervantes

Celebrations and Festivals: La Tomatina (Bunyol), Seville Tapas Fair, Jerez Flamenco Festival, Fallas Festival (Valencia), Jerez Horse Fair, Sonar Festival (Barcelona), Granada International Festival of Music and Dance, Baby Jumping Festival (Burgos), Running of the Bulls (Pamplona), Benicassim Festival, fiesta of Near Death Experiences (Galicia), Semana Grande (Bilbao), Rioja Wine Festival

Fun Facts…

  • Dirty floors in a bar is seen as a good sign
  • The ‘Puerta del Sol’ plaza in Madrid is physically the centre of the country
  • There is a Spanish New Years custom called ‘The Twelve Grapes’
  • Spain produces 45% of the olive oil in the world
  • The majority of Spanish natives have 2 surnames, the first comes from the father and the second comes from the mother
  • Spanish is the second most popular language in the world with more than 410 native speakers
  • Real Madrid is the most valuable football team in the world
  • Spain has the highest number of bars out of all of the countries in the European Union
  • There are more cars in Spain than mobiles
  • Javier Bardem was the first Spanish actor to win an Oscar
  • Spain is the only country in Europe that produces bananas
  • 90% of prostitutes in Spain are illegal immigrants
  • In Ibiza, tourists spend around 1430 million euros per year