Fun Facts About Andorra

Andorra has the largest skiable area in Southern Europe.
Andorra has the largest skiable area in Southern Europe.

Andorra is a small country located in Southwestern Europe and is bordered by France and Spain. The country is officially known as the Principality of Andorra and is governed through a co-principality framework where the Bishop of Urgell and the President of France act as its co-princes. Here are some facts few people know about the small nation.

Fun Facts about Andorra

    • Established in 1419, the Andorran Parliament, known as the Consell General, is the oldest in the world.
    • Nature occupies 90% of the country’s land area, as only 4% of Andorra is used for human habitation.
    • One can easily cross the entire country by foot through following the Gran Recorrido Pais trail.
    • Andorra has the largest skiable area in Southern Europe with over 180 miles of snow-laden slopes.
    • The high life expectancy in Andorra of 81 years ranks fifth in the world.
    • Coma Pedrosa is the highest peak in Andorra, rising 9,652 feet above sea level.
    • Andorra has the highest concentration of museums in the world with 20 museums within its 180-square-mile area.
    • Andorra le Vella is the capital city of Andorra and is also the country’s largest city.
    • Andorra le Vella is the highest capital city in Europe with an altitude of 3,356 feet.
    • Andorra was established as a Principality in 1278.
    • Most Andorran citizens are trilingual and can communicate in Catalan, Spanish, and French.
    • About 10% of the country’s land area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
    • Andorra is a key tourist destination attracting over 10 million tourists each year.
    • Tourism is the country’s biggest GDP contributor, accounting for 80% of Andorra’s GDP.
    • Andorra’s relaxed tax laws make it a tax haven attracting many foreign companies.
    • The unemployment rate in Andorra is one of the lowest in the world with the rate being at only 0.35% as of December 2016.
    • Despite its small size, Andorra has the ninth largest GDP per capita in the world.
    • Andorra is one of the few countries in the world with neither an official military nor a ministry of defense.
    • However, the country does have a ceremonial army made up of 12 male volunteers.
    • The primary role of the ceremonial army is the presentation of the Andorran flag during ceremonies.
    • The responsibility of Andorra’s defense lies with Spain and France.
    • The eldest non-disabled adult man from each household in Andorra is required by law to carry a firearm.
    • The country is landlocked and hence has no navy.
    • Despite not having a military, Andorra was passively involved in World War I when it declared war on Germany.
    • Andorra remained as the longest combatant in World War I, as it officially ended its conflict with Germany in 1958.
    • Andorra was not included during the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, which officially ended World War I.
    • Andorra maintained neutrality during World War II.
    • The country has a small, well-equipped police force made up of 240 officers.
    • Andorra has existed in relative isolation throughout its history and only modernized its political system in 1993.
    • While Andorra is not an official member state of the European Union, the country uses the euro as its official currency.
    • Christianity is the most popular religion in Andorra, with 88.2% of its population identifying as Roman Catholic.
    • Education is a mandatory requirement in Andorra with the government funding education from kindergarten until the secondary level.
    • Andorra has only one university, which is the state-funded Universitat d’Andorra.
    • Andorra is rated among one of the safest nations in the world with almost no records of car theft, pickpocketing, and disorderly behavior incidents.

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