Spain facts and history
The Kingdom of Spain is a country located
in the southwest of Europe.
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Spain facts and history in brief
It shares the Iberian Peninsula with Portugal and Gibraltar.
In the northeast it borders France and the tiny principality
of Andorra, along the Pyrenees mountain range.
It also includes the Balearic Islands in the Mediterranean
Sea, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic Ocean and the
cities of Ceuta and Melilla in the north of Africa.
Spain has been a constitutional monarchy and a democracy
since the Spanish Constitution of 1978 was approved,
being divided into 17 autonomous communities and 2 autonomous
cities with high degree of autonomy.
Official languages Spanish (also called Castilian)
(in some regions also Catalan, Basque or Galician)
King; Juan Carlos I of Spain
Area; 504,782 km2
Hui Chin and I took the ferry from Algeciras to
Ceuta during our trip around Spain in 2003.
I've been in Ceuta before, in 1978, but this
time around I didn't recognise the place.
I had an entirely different picture of Ceuta.
I wonder if they had rebuilt the whole place, while
I wasn't watching.
Makes you wonder?
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