Quick Facts

  • Officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the “Principality of the Valleys of Andorra”
  • Andorra gained independence in 1278
  • Andorra is the sixth-smallest nation in Europe, having an area of 181 square miles
  • Andorra is a member of CE, FAO, ICAO, ICRM, IFRCS, Interpol, IOC, IPU, ITU, OIF, OPCW, OSCE, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, Union Latina, UNWTO, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WTO (observer)
  • The capital of Andorra is the highest capital city in Europe at 3,356 feet
  • Tourism accounts for over 80% of Andorra’s gross domestic product and boasts over 10.2 million visitors per year
  • Andorra is not a member of the EU, but the Euro is the de facto currency
  • Andorra is divided into seven administrative parishes
  • Climate: temperate; snowy, cold winters and warm, dry summers
  • Ethnic groups: Andorran 49%, Spanish 24.6%, Portuguese 14.3%, French 3.9%, other 8.2%
  • Official language: Catalan
  • Religion: predominately Roman Catholic
  • Population: 85,580
  • The capital of Andorra is Andorra La Vella (pop. 23,000)
  • Literacy rate: 100%
  • The University of Andorra (UdA) is the state public university, and the only university in Andorra
  • GDP per capita: $44,900
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A parliamentary democracy
  • Co-Princes: Joan-Enric Vives i Sicilia & Francois Hollande
  • Representatives: Josep Maria Maun & Thierry Lataste

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life expectancy: 82.5 years
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.65/1,000
  • Physicians density: 4/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.5/1,000
  • Fertility rate: 1.38
  • Health expenditures: 8.1% of GDP
  • Obesity: 32.1%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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