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Fast Facts

Madrid; 5,145,000
505,988 square kilometers (195,363 square miles)
Castilian Spanish, Catalan, Galician, Basque
Roman Catholic
Life Expectancy:
GDP per Capita:
U.S. $21,200
Literacy Percent:


  • Industry: Textiles and apparel, food and beverages, metals and metal manufactures, chemicals
  • Agriculture: Grain, vegetables, olives, wine grapes; beef; fish
  • Exports: Machinery, motor vehicles, foodstuffs, other consumer goods

—Text From National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition


Spain, its people and its culture




"Spain occupies most of the Iberian Peninsula in southwest Europe, and its territory includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean and the Canary Islands in the Atlantic. Much of the mainland is high plateau, with mountain ranges, including the Pyrenees, in the north. The plateau experiences hot summers and cold winters—it is cooler and wetter to the north. About 200 B.C. the Romans occupied this crossroads between Europe and Africa. Moors invaded in A.D. 711, ruling for almost 800 years before Christian armies routed them. Enriched by its New World empire, Spain dominated Europe during the 16th and 17th centuries; today it rules only the North African territories of Ceuta and Melilla." National Geographic





Web sites

  • All About Spain
    The Complete Tourist Guide to Spain in English, Spanish, and German.
  • BBC News - Spain country profile
    This website from the British Broadcasting Company includes a brief overview, facts, information about leaders and the media, and an historical timeline.
  • Find Spain
    This website is from Search Engine Colossus which provides a large directory of internet sites about Spain.
  • Spain!
    From the Spanish Tourism Board
  • Spain: Background Notes
    From the U.S. Department of State, this website provides a profile of Spain with information on: People, History, Government, Political Conditions, Economy, Foreign Relations, U.S. Relations, and Travel/Business.
  • Spain - CIA - The World Factbook
    Features a map and brief descriptions of geography, economy, government, and people.

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