A FEW FACTS Area: 504,750 km2 Population: 46.157.822 (INE 2008)Languages: Official language, Spanish (also called CastillianCatalan, Galician Valencian and Basque ( They are also official languages in theautonomous regions of Cataluña, Galicia, Valencia and Basque Countryrespectively) Religion: Catholic Capital: Madrid Form of government: Constitutional Monarchy Head of Estate: King Juan Carlos I President of Government José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero
It is the 3th European country in extension and the 5th in population . Apart from the peninsula, it includs the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean Sea, the Canary Islands the cities of Ceuta and Melilla in Northern Africa.
Its landscapes offer an extraordinary variety with green fields,mountains, valleys, rivers and beaches.
This land is and has been for millennia one of the cultural centers of Europe.Many of its cities, and even more lost enclaves, are home to monuments ofexceptional historical and artistic value, not to mention the extraordinarynatural scenery that this ancient peninsula has.
The much used topic of "Spain is different" raises a question " from what is different ?it is a country full of contrasts, beginning with its climate and landscape. But wesometimes find all these contrasts in a very small area, such as the province ofGranada, which has the countrys highest peak, Mulhacén, covered with snow, and itscoast faces Africa.
SPANISH CUISINEThe Spanish cuisine is enriched by the contributions of the various regions of thecountry. It is strongly influenced by the people who conquered its territory.
In the last decades sport has become a very important part of oureveryday life.The World Cup has been the last of the successes and we are stillcelebrating it.The turning point was the 22 medals that we won in the BarcelonaOlympic Games in 1992.And now we can also complete and win in basketball (Gasol), tennis(Nadal), Formula 1 (Alonso), motorbikes (Lorenzo). Children and teenagers are now involved in many different sportseven if football for us still is the most important sport. Everybodyknows how to play it and every Spanish person is, or so they think,an expert in the field.