Curious facts about spain and spanish people

About Spain, the Spanish and the Spaniards

Do you think you know Spain? Perhaps we can tell you some interesting facts you don't know.

•  Spain is the third largest country in Europe in terms of geographical territory, 504,030 km².

•  Andalusia consists of about 90,000 km2 of Spanish territory. It is the largest single region and bigger than both Belgium and Holland.

•  Spain has 4,964 km of coastline.

•  The population of Spain is approximately 45 million: the 6th largest in Europe.

•  There are 79 people per /km².

•  The capital City of Spain (Madrid) is the highest capital city in Europe. Madrid is 667 meters above sea level. Madrid is also situated precisely in the centre of Spain.

•  There are several languages spoken in Spain: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, and Basque 2%.

•  A knowledge of Spanish will enrich a trip to Spain.

•  The life expectancy of an average male in Spain is 76.18 years and for a female 83.08 years.

•  Spain produces around 44% of the olive oil consumed on Earth: Spain produces double the amount produced in Italy and four times the amount produced in Greece. One region, Jaén is the super-producer of olive oil: approximately 25% of Spain's output, almost 10% of the world's olive oil.

•  There are 344.000 bars, 15 % of them in Andalucia, a bigger number than other UE countries like France, Germany or the United Kingdom.

•  The people of Spain are not used to big tipping but if one is satisfied with the food one can leave few coins which will be appreciated.

• Spaniards are in friendly and tolerant towards foreign visitors.


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