Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Spain
  • Spanish territory also includes the Baleric Iskands in the Mediterranean, the Canary Islands in the Atlantic ocean off the African coasat, and two autonomous cities in North Africa, Ceuta and Melilla, that border Morocco
  • Spain is divided into 17 autonomous communities
  • Each municipality is allowed to declare a maximum of 14 public Holidays per year, up to nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least 2 are chosen locally
  • Climate: temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast
  • Languages: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%
  • Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%
  • Population: 47.04 million
  • The capital of Spain is Madrid
  • Other major cities: Barcelona and Valencia
  • Literacy rate: 97.9%
  • GDP per capita: $30,625
  • Current weather conditions –  www.weather.com
  • Tips for Travel in country – www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates –  www.xe.com

Government in Power

Unitary Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy

  • King: Juan Carlso I
  • Prime Minister: Mariano Rajoy

Healthcare Statistics

  • Life Expectancy: 81.27 years
  • Maternal mortality rate: 6 deaths/100,000 live births
  • Infant mortality rate: 3.37 deaths/1,000 live births
  • Physicians Density: 3.705/1,000 population
  • Population with  HIV/AIDS: 0.4%
  • Obesity rate: 15.6%
  • Tickborne encephalitis (TBE) occurs in warmer months
  • High frequency of Leishmaniasis (cutaneous and visceral), important opportunistic infection in HIV-infected persons
  • Risk of Hepatitis A is low, although sporadic outbreaks have occurred
  • Highly pathogenic avian influenza, H5N1, has been documented in wild birds in Spain
  • Infectious disease updates:  http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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Health education in the field This is a very important topic that I believe is often overlooked on many mission trips! While it’s wonderful to go spend a week doing clinic work, the reality of these mission trips is that it’s a short-term mission trip, and when the week or so is over, clinic ends! […]


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