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Spain

Spain
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:C, F,
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL G
DVD-Region: 2
Geography

Location:
Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France
Area:
total: 504,782 sq km
land: 499,542 sq km
water: 5,240 sq km
Climate:
temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast
Terrain:
large, flat to dissected plateau surrounded by rugged hills; Pyrenees in north
Economy
GDP: $1.029 trillion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 3.4% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $25,500 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 3.4% (2005 est.)
Currency:
note: on 1 January 1999, the European Monetary Union introduced the euro as a common currency to be used by the financial institutions of member countries; on 1 January 2002, the euro became the sole currency for everyday transactions with the member countries
Exchange rates:
euros per US dollar - 0.8041 (2005), 0.8054 (2004), 0.886 (2003), 1.0626 (2002), 1.1175 (2001)
People
Population: 40,397,842 (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 0.13% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
Languages:
Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%; note - Castilian is the official language nationwide; the other languages are official regionally
Government
Capital:
name: Madrid
time difference: UTC+1 (6 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Sunday in March; ends last Sunday in October
note: Spain is divided into two time zones, including the Canary Islands
Independence:
the Iberian peninsula was characterized by a variety of independent kingdoms prior to the Muslim occupation that began in the early 8th century AD and lasted nearly seven centuries; the small Christian redoubts of the north began the reconquest almost immediately, culminating in the seizure of Granada in 1492; this event completed the unification of several kingdoms and is traditionally considered the forging of present-day Spain


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