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Spain

Flag: Spain
Geography
 
Location:Bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France
Area:Total: 504,782 sq km Land: 499,542 sq km Water: 5,240 sq km note: there are two autonomous cities - Ceuta and Melilla - and 17 autonomous communities including Balearic Islands and Canary Islands, and three small Spanish possessions off the coast of Morocco - Islas Chafarinas, Penon de Alhucemas, and Penon de Velez de la Gomera
Land boundaries:Total: 1,917.8 km It has borders with Andorra 63.7 km, France 623 km, Gibraltar 1.2 km, Portugal 1,214 km, Morocco (Ceuta) 6.3 km, Morocco (Melilla) 9.6 km
Map: Spain
Climate:Temperate
People
 
Population:40,448,191 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 14.4% (male 3,005,818/female 2,826,805) 15-64 years: 67.8% (male 13,758,869/female 13,661,295) 65 years and over: 17.8% (male 3,002,585/female 4,192,819) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
Religions:Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
Languages:Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%, are official regionally
Government
 
Government type:Parliamentary monarchy
Capital:Madrid
Independence:The Iberian peninsula was characterized by a variety of independent kingdoms prior to the Muslim occupation that began in the early 8th century A.D. and lasted nearly seven centuries; the small Christian redoubts of the north began the reconquest almost immediately, culminating in the seizure of Granada in 1492; this event completed the unification of several kingdoms and is traditionally considered the forging of present-day Spain
Legal system:Civil law system, with regional applications
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$1.109 trillion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$27,400 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 3.9% industry: 29.7% services: 66.4% (2006 est.)
Industries:Textiles and apparel (including footwear), food and beverages, metals and metal manufactures, chemicals, shipbuilding, automobiles, machine tools, tourism, clay and refractory products, footwear, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment
Currency (code):Euro (EUR) note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by the financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions with the member countries




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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