Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church.
Languages: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%, are official regionally
Ethnic Groups: composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types
Belief Systems: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
Population: 47.3 million people (World Rank: 30th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 245 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 115th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 0.579 %/yr (World Rank: 154th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 82.1 years (World Rank: 8th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 40.2 years (World Rank: 20th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Spain
in Washington D.C.
Spanish Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links
by Gunnar Anzinger.
Travel Info for Spain