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What is Andorra?
The principality of Andorra (or the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra) is a parliamentary democracy with two coprinces :
the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell, in Catalonia, Spain. This makes it a constitutional dyarchy.

What type of government does Andorra have?
Andorra’s political system has its origins in the time when the region was invaded by the Moors. Andorra served as a buffer between the Moors and France, until Charlemagne gave the region to Urgell nobility, in what is now Catalonia Spain. Andorra then became ruled by the Urgell Diocese. In the eleventh century, Andorra needed military protection and turned to Lord Caboet to create a partnership. This was the start of the shared ruling of the region. Conflicts arose, leading to an agreement in 1278 that stated the French head of state, Count of Foix and the Bishop of Urgell would share sovereignty, officially forming Andorra. A 1607 edict by King Henry IV of France declared that the head of the French state and the Bishop of Urgell would be coprinces of Andorra.

Since March 1993, Andorra ha been a parliamentary democracy, but retaining its heads of state. It was then allowed to join the United Nations, but is still not a member of the European Union. Its defense continues to be a shared responsibility of France of Spain.

What is the capital of Andorrra?
Andorra la Vella is the capital of Andorra, the highest capital in Europe, sitting 1023 meters above sea level.

Where is Andorra located?
Andorra is located in the Pyrenees mountains, between Spain and France, in Europe.

How big is Andorra?
Andorra has an area of 468 square miles.

What is the population of Andorra?
Andorra’s population is about 84,000. Andorra’s population has the fourth highest life expectancy in the world.

What are the ethnic groups living in Andorra?
Spanish, followed by Andorran, Portuguese, and French are the main ethnic groups in the nation.

What religions are practiced in Andorra?
Andorra is an overwhelmingly Roman Catholic nation, with about 90% of the population practicing.

What languages are spoken in Andorra?
Andorra’s official language is Catalan. Other languages spoken in Andorra are French, Castilian (Spanish), and Portuguese. English is not widely spoken in Andorra, except in tourist areas.

How is Andorra divided?
Andorra is divided into seven parishes, called parroquies:
  • Andorra la Vella
  • Canillo
  • Encamp
  • Escaldes-Engordany
  • La Massana
  • Ordino
  • Sant Julia de Loria
When is Andorra’s national holiday?
Andorra celebrates Our Lady of Meritxell Day on September 8, which honors the Patron Saint of Andorra.

Who are Andorra’s political leaders?
Coprinces:

French Coprince Nicolas Sarkozy, who is represented in Andorra by Christian Fremont

Spanish Coprince Archbishop Joan-Enric Vives Sicilia, represented by Nemesi Marques Oste

Prime Minister:

Antoni Marti

What is the climate of Andorra like?
The climate of Andorra is predominately cool and mountainous. Snow fall is a common phenomenon in winter and the summer is generally cool and pleasant.

What are the important cities of Andorra?
Important cities of Andorra are Andorra La Vella, the capital city, Canillo, Encamp, La Massana, Les Escalde, Ordino and Sant Jullia de Lorria. These cities also major cities of the seven parishes and are important tourist destinations.

What are the prominent festivals of Andorra?
Most of the prominent festivals of Andorra are religious festivals. Christmas, St. George’s day, Easter, St. Lucia Fair, and St. John’s Day are celebrated in the country. On St. George Day books and roses are gifted to friends and family. In the St. Lucia fair typical Christmas goods are sold in the markets. On St. John’s Day bonfires are made in every city. This day also marks the beginning of summer solstice. In Andorra many festivals are related to art and music as well, like the ‘Festival of Classic Music, which is held every September and International Jazz Festival organized every July. Several dance and music exhibitions are held between November and May every year.

What are the main features of Andorra’s economy?
Andorra’s biggest industry is tourism, with its tax haven status and ski resorts in the Pyrenees Mountains. Other large industries in Andorra are finance and agriculture, especially raising sheep.

What form of currency is used in Andorra?
The euro is the currency used in Andorra, even though the nation is not a member of the European Union.

Interesting facts about Andorra

Fact 1In Europe Andorra ranks in as the sixth smallest nation. It consists of 181 square miles.
Fact 2There is no official army in Andorra. They are protected by France and Spain. However, when emergencies arise within Andorra all men between the ages of 21 and 60 are required by law to serve and defend.
Fact 3Out of each year Andorra commonly receives 300 days of sunshine.
Fact 4Only 2 percent of Andorra is used for agriculture. The majority of food and resources has to be shipped in to the country.
Fact 5By law the male head of each family in Andorra is required to own a gun in case of attack or emergency.
Fact 6The capital city of Andorra is Andorra la Vella. In Europe this capital is the highest based on elevation. It is 3,356 feet above sea level.
Fact 7Andorra is ranked fourth in the world when it comes to human life expectancy. The expected life span of a person in Andorra is 82 years of age.
Fact 8Andorra is the only country in the world with Catalan as its official language
Fact 9Andorra has no national bank and has never had its own currency
Fact 10Andorra produces a lot of Tobacco, Andorra also exports furniture and tobacco products.
Fact 11Raising sheep is Andorra's most important livestock activity while the manufacturing of cigars, cigarettes, and furniture make up for quite an important industry too.
Fact 12Out of each year Andorra commonly receives 300 days of sunshine.
Fact 13Free healthcare is provided by the government for all individuals that are employed.
Fact 14Tourism is the main industry in Andorra.
Fact 1599 percent of adults can read.
Fact 16The attraction of many that visit is for the 'duty free' (tax free) products that they sell.

Last Updated on: February 10, 2016



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