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Fisher in Serrat river, summer (photo www.turisme.ad).

 

 

People

Population: 85,708 (2018 est.).

Religions: Roman Catholic (predominant).

Ethnic groups: Andorran 45.5%, Spanish 26.6%, Portuguese 12.9%, French 5.2%, other 9.8%.

Language: Catalan (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese.

Nationality: Andorran(s).

 

Andorra

 

Andorra map

 

Many immigrants are attracted to the thriving economy with its lack of income taxes.

 

Estany Moreno, summer (photo www.turisme.ad).

 

The church in Santa Coloma, Andorra, in pre-Romanesque style. Constructed from 9th to 12th centuries. (photo www.turisme.ad).

 

Andorra map

 

Andorra Vall del Madriu

 

 

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For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Urgel. In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. Long isolated and impoverished, mountainous Andorra achieved considerable prosperity since World War II through its tourist industry.

 

Geography

Country name: Principality of Andorra (local: Principat d'Andorra).

Capital: Andorra la Vella.

Government type: parliamentary democracy (since March 1993) that retains as its chiefs of state a coprincipality; the two princes are the president of France and bishop of Seo de Urgel, Spain, who are represented locally by coprinces' representatives. Andorra's first written constitution was drafted in 1991; approved by referendum 14 March 1993; came into force 4 May 1993.

Independence: 1278 (was formed under the joint suzerainty of the French count of Foix and the Spanish bishop of Urgel).

Administrative divisions: 7 parishes (parroquies, singular - parroquia); Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, La Massana, Escaldes-Engordany, Ordino, Sant Julia de Loria.

Terrain: rugged mountains dissected by narrow valleys.

Total area: 468 km˛.

Highest point: Coma Pedrosa 2,946 m (lowest point: Riu Runer 840 m).

Climate: temperate; snowy, cold winters and warm, dry summers.

 

Main source: CIA - The World Factbook.

 

Santa Coloma, Andorra

 

 

 

 

Vall del Madriu em Andorra.

 

 

Serrat Andorra