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SPAIN

Population: 40 million
Size: 504,788 sq. km.
Official Language: Castilian Spanish, as well as Catalan, Valencian, Basque and Galician
Capital: Madrid
Currency: Euro

Spain straddles the greater part of the Iberian Peninsula that juts out at the south-eastern tip of Europe. Seen within a European context, the position of the Iberian Peninsula gives it a certain closeness to Africa, from which it is separated by a mere 9 mi., and - on the Atlantic side - to America, thus lending it a special strategic value. This explains why it has been such a crucial crossroads in the history of cultures and civilisations. Spain is therefore an integral part both of the southern European mainland and, in a somewhat special way, of the Mediterranean world.

Every region has its share of Spain's richly diverse array of geography, climate and scenery, and, to boost their individual tourist industries, they at times join forces to highlight their common features and attractions. Thus it was that Green Spain came into being, born out of the combined efforts of Galicia, Asturias, Cantabria and the Basque Country to enhance the shared traits of their countryside, climate, cuisine and tourist attractions, namely, sea and mountains, sports and rural tourism.

Visit this link for more information about Spain:
The Lonely Planet Guide - Spain

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