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Study in Spain

Choose to study in Spain, and one thing is for sure: your friends will be very jealous! Stretching to the Pyrenees in the east, the Mediterranean in the south, the Bay of Biscay in the north, and Portugal in the west, Spain is one of the biggest countries in Europe.

Spain is consistently among the world’s most popular tourist destinations (third in 2013, according to the United Nations World Tourism Organization), welcoming an annual volume of tourists which considerably exceeds its population. It's also among the most popular destinations for international students, due to its winning combination of good universities, attractive lifestyle, and the fact that Spanish is one of the world's most spoken languages.

Fast Facts

  • Spain is a kingdom. Current monarch is King Felipe VI.
  • Unicameral legislature, led by prime minister (currently Mariano Rajoy)
  • Borders with the Mediterranean Sea, Gibraltar, France, Andorra, Portugal and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Along with France and Morocco, it is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines.
  • Official language: Castilian, usually simply referred to as Spanish, which is the second most common first language in the world. Commonly spoken regional languages include Basque, Catalan and Galician.
  • Composed of 17 regions: Andalusia, Andorra, Aragón, Asturias, the Basque Country, Cantabria, Catalonia, Extremadura, Galicia, Gibraltar, La Rioja, Madrid, Murcia, Navarre, New Castile, Old Castile and León, and Valencia. 
  • Population: approx. 47.2 million
  • Capital city: Madrid
  • Area: 195,364 square miles
  • As well as the mainland, Spain is in possession of the Balearic and Canary Islands,  and two autonomous cities in North Africa.
  • Religion: largely Roman Catholic
  • Currency: Euro (€)
  • Central European Time (UTC+1), changing to Daylight Saving Time in the summer (UTC+2)
  • International dialling code: 34
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