Spain facts and history
The Kingdom of Spain is a country located
in the southwest of Europe.
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
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Spain facts and history in brief
Hui Chin and I travelled to Madrid, Spain from
Lisbon, Portugal, by the famous Talgo express with our
We were a bit lucky to get to Hendaye, considering there
was a railway strike somewhere in southern France.
We did know we'll have trouble getting to Lourdes and
back, but we didn't what other trains or lines were
With the help of a kind Lisbon man, who first seen and
Lourdes and thought of him being an Englishman, kindly
escorted us to the little train station in Hendaye to
Irun and from the train's in Irun to the Lisbon express's
With his help we managed to catch our train, which we
probably would have missed otherwise.
Thank you very much mate, if you ever happen to read
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