22 Scintillating Facts about Spain
- Spain (or España) is a large, storied country in Southwestern Europe.
- It is bordered by France and Andorra in the north, Portugal to the west and Gibraltar in the south. It also has a coastline along the Bay of Biscay to the north, the North Atlantic Sea to the southwest and the Mediterranean Sea to the east.
- The coordinates for Spain are 40.0000° N, 4.0000° W.
- The international dialling code for Spain is +34.
- The terrain is mostly flat plains surrounded by rugged hills, with the Pyrenees mountain range in the north.
- Spain’s highest mountain, Mount Teide, reaches 3,718 meters above the sea.
- The total land area of Spain is 195,360 square miles (505,990 square kilometres), the fourth largest in Europe.
- Spain’s population was 48 million in 2019, the 30th highest in the world.
- The capital city, Madrid, covers an area of 233.3 square miles (604.3 square kilometres) and has a population of 5.7 million (2019).
- The average life span here is 82.83 years (2016).
- The Spanish climate is diverse, with temperate and clear hot summers, but more cloudy along the coast. The winters are often much colder and cloudy.
- Spain is an incredibly popular tourist destination. In 2017, the country had more than 82 million tourists from abroad.
Flag of Spain
- Although Italy is perhaps more famous for olive oil, Spain actually produces the most – about 44% of the total amount of olive oil in the world.
- The land of bars, Spain has the highest amount of bars in Europe, with one bar for every 132 inhabitants.
- The official language of Spain is, of course, Spanish! Si!
- Euro is the official currency here. Make sure you stock up and enjoy plenty of tapas!
- If you combined all Spanish beaches into one stretch, it would be 8000 kilometres long (approx. 4 970 miles).
- While English is the most widely spoken language in the world, for most it is a second language. In terms of Mother Tongue, Spanish is the second-most spoken in the world.
- Spain is home to Mar Menor, which is also considered as the largest salt lake in Europe.
- Spain grows grain, vegetables, olives, wine grapes, sugar beets, and citrus.
- Its industry consists of textiles and apparel (including footwear), food and beverages, metals and metal manufactures, chemicals, shipbuilding, automobiles, machine tools, tourism, clay and refractory products, footwear, pharmaceuticals, and medical equipment.
- Spain also exports machinery, motor vehicles; foodstuffs, pharmaceuticals, medicines, and other consumer goods.
Know any good facts about Spain we’ve not mentioned? Let us know in the comments section below!
Related 'Europe' Facts