|Area Total||505,370 sq km|
|Climate||temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast|
|Natural Resources||coal, lignite, iron ore, copper, lead, zinc, uranium, tungsten, mercury, pyrites, magnesite, fluorspar, gypsum, sepiolite, kaolin, potash, hydropower, arable land|
|Imports||Germany 14.2%, France 11.9%, China 6.9%, Italy 6.8%, Netherlands 5.1%, UK 4% (2017) – machinery and equipment, fuels, chemicals, semi-finished goods, foodstuffs, consumer goods, measuring and medical control instruments|
|Exports||France 15.1%, Germany 11.3%, Italy 7.8%, Portugal 7.1%, UK 6.9%, US 4.4% (2017) – Exports – machinery, motor vehicles; foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, medicines, other consumer goods|
|Government||parliamentary constitutional monarchy|
|Population||49.3 million (July 2018 est.)|
|Ethnicity||Spanish 86.4%, Morocco 1.8%, Romania 1.3%, other 10.5% (2018 est.)|
|Language||Castilian Spanish (official nationwide) 74%, Catalan (official in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and the Valencian Community (where it is known as Valencian)) 17%, Galician (official in Galicia) 7%, Basque (official in the Basque Country and in the Basquespeaking area of Navarre) 2%, Aranese (official in the northwest corner of Catalonia (Vall d’Aran) along with Catalan, <5,000 speakers)|
News about Spain
- Nine bright business ideas that haven't been exploited in Spain yetby The Local on December 3, 2022
Spain has recently approved its Startups Law, so now is certainly a good time to start thinking of businesses that could work in the country. Here are nine niche and uncomplicated ideas that have found success overseas but are still fairly novel in Spain.
- ‘Terror campaign’ on Ukraine embassies continues with more bloody packagesby Isobel Koshiw in Kyiv (Spain | The Guardian) on December 3, 2022
Eighteen diplomatic missions in 12 countries received packages, all sent from one unnamed European countryRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesEighteen Ukrainian diplomatic missions in 12 countries have received bloody packages in what Ukraine has described as a “campaign of terror and intimidation”. Oleh Nikolenko, a spokesperson from Ukraine’s […]
- The cities in Spain with the best Christmas lightsby The Local on December 3, 2022
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Spain as many places have already switched on their festive lights. Some Spanish cities go all out, covering their streets with lots of sparkle and magic. Here are some of the best displays to see.
- KEY POINTS: What changes about life in Spain in December 2022by The Local on December 3, 2022
From Christmas festivities and public holidays to the latest on the Startups Law and a new Madrid-Valencia train, become a member to find out about all the important changes in Spain in the last month of 2022.
- Animal eyes in ‘bloody’ packages sent to some of Ukraine’s embassiesby Isobel Koshiw in Kyiv and agencies (Spain | The Guardian) on December 2, 2022
Police cordon off Madrid embassy while parcels also sent to eight other embassies and consulatesRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesUkraine says a number of its European embassies have received “bloody” packages containing animal eyes, including its embassy in Madrid, which also received a letter bomb earlier this week.Spanish police cordoned off […]
- CHECKLIST: Everything digital nomads moving to Spain need to considerby The Local on December 2, 2022
Spain’s Startups Law is 100 percent going ahead after its very last ratification by the Senate and Parliament. If you’re a remote worker who’s now planning to come to Spain, there’s a lot more apart from the enticing law to consider beforehand, from costs to location.
- Paraglider crosses border from Morocco into Spanish enclave and disappearsby Associated Press (Spain | The Guardian) on December 2, 2022
Spanish authorities hunt for person seen landing near border fence in Melilla and running offSpanish authorities are looking for a person who used a paraglider to cross over a border fence from Morocco into the Spanish enclave of Melilla in what appears to be the first use of the method to migrate into European territory.Footage obtained by El Faro […]
- Why are December 6th and 8th public holidays in Spain?by The Local on December 2, 2022
Spain has two public holidays in early December which often form a “puente” (bridge), allowing workers in the country to enjoy an extended break before Christmas. Why are these two days “festivos” in Spain?
- The new tax all workers in Spain will pay in 2023by The Local on December 2, 2022
From 2023, all salaried or self-employed in Spain will have to pay an extra tax to help fill up the country pension fund. Find out how much it will be and why Spanish authorities are introducing it.
- 'We're going to hell': Supermarket's readymade fried eggs offend Spaniardsby The Local on December 2, 2022
Spain's most popular supermarket Mercadona has shocked shoppers by selling pre-cooked fried eggs in plastic packaging, sparking a huge uproar among environmentalists and food lovers.
- EXPLAINED: What is Spain’s anti-trafficking law?by The Local on December 2, 2022
The Spanish government has passed a draft bill that seeks to beef up the fight against human trafficking and exploitation, addressing everything from prostitution to arranged marriages and organ trafficking.
- Japan stun Spain but both reach World Cup last 16by The Local on December 1, 2022
Spain staggered through to the World Cup last 16 on Thursday despite a 2-1 defeat by Japan, who remarkably won Group E on a rollercoaster night which saw four-time champions Germany eliminated.
- Spain tightens security at government buildings after letter bombs foundby Sam Jones in Madrid (Spain | The Guardian) on December 1, 2022
Devices sent to PM, defence ministry, arms firm, airbase and US embassy over past week, and one exploded at Ukraine embassyRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesSpain has ordered increased security at government buildings and embassies after the discovery of six letter bombs and incendiary devices over the past seven days, including one that exploded at […]
- Descendants of International Brigades can get fast-track Spanish nationalityby The Local on December 1, 2022
Spain will give the descendants of International Brigade fighters who fought fascism during the Civil War an expressway to Spanish citizenship and dual nationality, with people from the UK, the US and many other countries eligible.
- Spain's PM sent booby-trapped letter as more explosives detectedby The Local on December 1, 2022
Pedro Sánchez received a booby-trapped letter last week which was "similar" to one which exploded Wednesday at Ukraine's embassy in Madrid, whilst two other explosive packages have been sent to other key locations in Spain.
- What you should know if you're travelling to Spain in Decemberby The Local on December 1, 2022
The rules, the least busy travel times, the strikes, the free travel deals, what you can’t check in - here’s what you need to know if you’re travelling to Spain in December or at Christmas.
- Primark grows its empire in Spain with 8 new stores and 1,000 jobsby The Local on December 1, 2022
Irish fast fashion retailer Primark has announced it will invest €100 million into its stores in Spain, opening 8 shops in new locations and creating 1,000 jobs in the process.
- Spain insists no migrant deaths on its soil despite new evidenceby The Local on December 1, 2022
Spain's interior minister has reiterated that no deaths occurred on Spanish soil when migrants stormed Melilla from Morocco in June, leaving at least 23 people dead. A new investigation based on footage of the event claims otherwise.
- Man injured in explosion at Ukraine embassy in Madridby Sam Jones in Madrid, Stephen Burgen and agencies (Spain | The Guardian) on November 30, 2022
Staff member sustained light injuries in blast that occurred while he was handling letter, say policeRussia-Ukraine war – latest news updatesAn employee at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid has sustained minor injuries after opening what is thought to have been a homemade letter bomb, prompting Kyiv to warn its diplomats to bolster their security […]
- Ukraine embassy worker in Spain injured by letter bombby The Local on November 30, 2022
A security guard at Ukraine's embassy in Madrid was slightly injured on Wednesday while opening a letter bomb addressed to the Ukrainian ambassador, prompting Kyiv to boost security at its embassies.
- VIDEO: Police in Spain seize 5.5 tonnes of cocaine from Valencia portby The Local on November 30, 2022
Spanish authorities said Wednesday they had seized 5.59 tonnes of cocaine worth over €340 million in the port of Valencia, the nation's biggest haul of the drug in four years.
- What is the latest on Gibraltar's Brexit status?by The Local on November 30, 2022
With 2023 approaching and negotiations between Gibraltar, the UK, EU and Spain dragging on for yet another year, what is the latest on Gibraltar and Brexit? Will they reach a deal before New Year and how could it affect life in Gibraltar and Spain?
- Rare editions of Spain's Don Quixote go up for auctionby The Local on November 30, 2022
Two volumes of "Don Quixote", the epic Spanish novel by Miguel de Cervantes, will go up for auction in Paris, where they are expected to fetch between €400 and €600K combined. Here's the incredible story of how they were unearthed.
- Spain's Valencia named best city in the world for foreign residentsby The Local on November 30, 2022
Valencia has been voted the world's best city to live in if you're a foreign resident, ranking top for its quality of life, leisure opportunities and ease of settling in, a new survey by Internations has found.
- Shock as stowaways rescued in Spain after 11 days sat on ship's rudderby The Local on November 30, 2022
Three migrants who arrived in Spain after enduring an 11-day journey without food or water from Nigeria on the rudder of a fuel tanker were returned to the ship Tuesday after receiving medical care, officials said.
- ‘Everybody loves it’: the Wales fans who made a Tenerife pub their unofficial fan zoneby Sam Jones in Arona (Spain | The Guardian) on November 29, 2022
After the idea of watching the World Cup in Spain rather than Qatar went viral, the Wigan Pier stepped inNine hours before the kick-off of a match being played in a desert about 4,000 miles away, the staff at the Wigan Pier, in southern Tenerife, were leaving nothing to chance.The Welsh flags and bunting were up inside and out, the red shirts were on, the […]
- Men survive 11 days on rudder of ship travelling from Nigeria to Canary Islandsby Staff and agencies in Madrid (Spain | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
The three stowaways were rescued by the Spanish Coastguard in Las Palmas on Monday The Spanish coastguard has rescued three men who stowed away on a tanker that arrived in the Canary Islands from Nigeria by balancing on its rudder just above the waterline.In a photograph distributed on Twitter by the coastguard on Monday, the three stowaways are shown […]
- 30 tonnes of cocaine seized in raids against European ‘super cartel’by Jennifer Rankin (Spain | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
Arrests made in Belgium, France, the Netherlands, Spain and Dubai, including one ‘extremely big fish’A “super-cartel” that controlled one-third of the cocaine trade in Europe has been taken down in six countries, police have said.The EU police agency, Europol, announced that 49 suspects were arrested during the investigation, after raids in Europe […]
- Pegasus spyware inquiry targeted by disinformation campaign, say expertsby Stephanie Kirchgaessner in Washington and Sam Jones in Madrid (Spain | The Guardian) on November 28, 2022
European parliament is investigating powerful surveillance tool used by governments around the worldVictims of spyware and a group of security experts have privately warned that a European parliament investigatory committee risks being thrown off course by an alleged “disinformation campaign”.The warning, contained in a letter to MEPs signed by the […]
- There was more peace than war in the Reconquista | Letterby Guardian Staff (Spain | The Guardian) on November 25, 2022
Dr Erin Thomas Dailey disagrees with the characterisation of Muslim rule over the Iberian peninsula as an ‘occupation’I am, together with my six-year-old daughter, an enthusiastic reader of your weekly Kids’ Quiz that appears in the Saturday magazine. While it may seem overscrupulous to critique the answer given to 10-year-old Alice’s question, […]