Expatriation and Immigration in Spain

Overview by Globlatrade.net:

Capital: Madrid


Total Population: 45,957,671
Annual Growth Rate: 0.9%
Density: 91 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 76.7%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Madrid (3,130,000); Barcelona (1,600,000); Valencia (800,000); Seville (700,000); Zaragoza (650,000).
Ethnic Origins: Spanish: 90%. Foreigners: 10% of which 13% are Moroccans, 11.7% Rumanians, 9.5% Ecuadorians, 7% British and 5.8% Colombians.
Official Language: Castilian (Spanish)
Other Languages Spoken: Some regions use their regional language for conducting business (Euskera, Catalan, Galician, Valencian). Other minor regional languages can be used: Bable, Aragonese, Aranese, Extremaduran.
Business Language(s): Spanish.
English is rarely used but it is developing.
Religion: Catholics 77% (50% practising) ; Muslims, Protestants, etc.: 3% ; non believers: 19%.

Local Time:

It is %T:%M %A In Madrid

Exchange Rate on

: National Currency:
Euro (EUR)

Country Overview

Area: 505,370 km²
Type of State: Kingdom. Constitutional monarchy based on a parliamentary democracy.
Power is highly decentralized; the autonomous communities have a high level of legislative, executive and fiscal autonomy (Basque country and Navarre, own taxes).
Type of Economy: High revenue country; Member of OECD.
Economy based principally on agriculture, financial services and tourism; Unemployment rate among the highest in Europe
HDI*: 0.863/1
HDI (World Rank): 20/169

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Spain, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Spain, Dial +34
Internet Suffix: .es
Computers: 39.3 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 45.4 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 56.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 100% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010
Imports of Goods (million USD) 328,696 389,301 420,804 293,218 312,228
Exports of Goods (million USD) 213,717 253,297 281,493 227,338 244,527
Imports of Services (million USD) 77,860 95,688 104,036 86,679 85,500
Exports of Services (million USD) 105,501 126,747 141,750 121,517 120,846

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization


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