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Spain is located in Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France.




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Capital: Madrid
Largest City: Madrid
Internet Country Code:  .es

Information & Brief History
Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II, but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). In the second half of the 20th century, Spain has played a catch-up role in the western international community; it joined the EU in 1986. Continuing challenges include Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorism and further reductions in unemployment.

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Hotels Languages Spoken: Castilian Spanish 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%; note - Castilian is the official language nationwide; the other languages are official regionally

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Barcelona, Bilbao, Caceres, Gran Canaria, Granada, Ibiza, Madrid, Malaga, Palma De Mallorca, Salamanca, San Sebastian, Santander, Santiago De, Compostela, Seville, Toledo, Valencia

Religion: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%

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Southwestern Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay, Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, and Pyrenees Mountains, southwest of France

Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m 
Highest point: Pico de Teide (Tenerife) on Canary Islands 3,718 m





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