The Principality of Andorra is a small state in Western Europe; located in the Pyrenees, it borders France in the north and Spain in the south.
It is the 6th smallest country in Europe with an area of 468 km2 and a population of about 75,000 inhabitants.
The government system is based on a head of state, and two sharing representatives, called Co-princes. This peculiarity stems from the agreement called “Pareages” (1278), between the count of Foix (France) and the bishop of La Seu d’Urgell (Spain).
These two characters of medieval origins, have evolved and are now respectively the President of the French Republic and the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell. They represent the Andorran people in a joint and indivisible way.
Catalan is the official language of Andorra
On March 14th, 1993 Andorra’s first democratic constitution was signed, being the basis of the current legal and regulatory institution governing the country.
This constitution describes the General Council as the supreme body which exercises the legislative power, and its members, the General Councillors, are elected by universal suffrage for a 4 year term.
Catalan is the official language of Andorra. Nevertheless, due to the diversity of nationalities of the resident population, other languages such as French, Spanish and Portuguese are also widely spoken.
Trade and tourism are two of the engines of the country’ s economy. Every year, Andorra receives around 8 millions tourists.
The mountainous landscape consisting of 72 peaks which are all above 2000 meters in altitude, makes it an area of great beauty, perfect for outdoor activities all year-round.
The country has a large number of monuments and museums, among which are the distinguishable Romanesque Churches.
Andorra offers its visitors a wide range of activities: cultural and sports routes, shows, parties and celebrations, spas, restaurants and shops.
The commercial offer is highly varied and wide. Andorra has a large number of stores offering products of the best international brands, luxury products, exquisite gastronomy, a wide range of quality hotels, great spacious areas to celebrate international cultural and sporting events…
Photos of Andorra
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