Saturday, April 11, 2009


Andorra is a tiny country buried in the mountains which separate France and Spain. Technically a principality (with two co-princes) it is just a few hundred kilometres of mountainous landscapes and rivers.
Since it as carved from the hearts of the Pyrenees mountain range, it contains some of the most dramatic scenery - and the best skiing - in Europe. During the dry months, there are plenty of good hiking opportunities in the high, remote parts of the country.
Basic Facts:

  • Full country name: Principality of Andorra
  • Area: 175 sq mi
  • Population: 66,824
  • Capital City: Andorra la Vella (pop 22,390)
  • People: Spanish (61%), Andorran (30%), French (6%)
  • Language: Catalan, Spanish, French (and many speak English)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Government: Parliamentary co-princedom
  • Co-Princes: Jacques Chirac (France), Joan Marti Alanis (Urgell)
  • Major Industries: Tourism, duty-free shopping, sheep, timber, tobacco, banking
Andorra is not a member of the European Union. At one time, the country was a haven for smugglers. In resent past it was a haven for duty free shopping. Now its a tax haven if you buying electronic goods, watches and, traditionally high taxed in Europe, parfumes, booze, cigarettes and gas/petrol. Andorra has no own currency and it uses euros. English is widely spoken in Andorra. The local language is Catalan, and French and Spanish are also spoken.

I couldn't find out much about a native dress. Looks like they were pretty much inhabited by shepherds and such in earlier times.

For art and culture, they appear to be a country that loves sculptures.

I'm not much for skiing...but I love to hike. Anyone want to join me?

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