Spain

Did you know?

Spain’s morning lasts till 2PM in our afternoon so don’t be surprised when you are in spain for the world’s biggest tomato fight fest and hear people greet you good morning at 1.30PM 🙂

Spainish people have 2 surnames, spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the world and yet spain has national anthem with NO words 😂😂

More about Spain:

ContinentEurope
Area506,030 sq. km (52nd in the world)
Capital CityMadrid
GovernmentConstitutional Monarchy
Official LanguageSpanish
Father of NationKing Ferdinand II
CurrencyThe Euro
National FlowerThe carnation
National AnimalThe Bull
National BirdImperial eagle
National DishPaella
National SportsFootball
Dominant ReligionCatholic
Population47.8 million (2023)
Per Capita Income27,435 USD (2022)

Short History:

Nestled on the Iberian Peninsula, Spain’s history unfolds as a captivating narrative woven with the influences of ancient civilizations. From the Celts, Phoenicians, and Greeks, the region’s rich tapestry saw the rise of Roman Hispania, leaving enduring legacies like the aqueduct in Segovia.

The subsequent era witnessed the ebb and flow of Visigothic and Moorish rule, marking Al-Andalus as a center of cultural flourishing. The Christian Reconquista, spanning centuries, gradually pushed the Moors south, culminating in the capture of Granada in 1492 by the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand and Isabella, ending Moorish dominance.

With the dawn of the 16th century came the exploration fervor, epitomized by Christopher Columbus’s journey to the Americas. Spain’s golden age, the Siglo de Oro, unfolded in the 16th and 17th centuries, witnessing the flourishing of arts and literature with luminaries like Cervantes and Velázquez.

The Bourbon dynasty rose to prominence in the 18th century, navigating through wars and social reforms. The subsequent Peninsular War against Napoleon’s forces brought further challenges, contributing to the broader context of European conflicts.

The 19th century marked a turning point with struggles for independence in Latin America and internal strife, setting the stage for the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939) in the 20th century. This tumultuous period preceded the authoritarian rule of Francisco Franco, which persisted until his death in 1975.

The post-Franco era heralded a democratic transition under King Juan Carlos I, culminating in Spain’s accession to the European Union in 1986. Today, Spain stands as a constitutional monarchy, celebrated for its rich cultural heritage, breathtaking architecture, and contributions to art and literature.

While contending with economic challenges, contemporary Spain embraces its role as a significant player in European affairs, offering a modern panorama that reflects the resilience, dynamism, and enduring spirit of this captivating nation.