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Land Area 498,980 km2
Water Area 6,390 km2
Total Area 505,370km2 (#51)
Population 48,563,476 (#28)
Population Density 97.33/km2
Government Type Parliamentary Constitutional Monarchy
GDP (PPP) $1,690.00 Billion
GDP Per Capita $36,500
Currency Euro (EUR)
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People listed are almost always native to the country. We do (on occasion) include those that have either lived within the country for most of their adult life, or have made a significant contribution to the country in their personal endeavors.

A - B

  • Ferran Adria Acosta chef
  • Jose de Acosta anthropologist
  • Algafequi ophthalmologist
  • Diego de Almagro conquistador
  • Pedro Almodovar film director
  • Fernando Alonso automobile racer
  • Jose Andres chef
  • Victoria de los Angeles soprano
  • Juan Bautista de Anza explorer
  • Arzachel mathematician, astronomer
  • Seve Ballesteros golfer
  • Antonio Banderas actor
  • Javier Bardem actor
  • Teresa Berganza mezzo-soprano
  • Fray Tomas de Berlanga explorer
  • David Bisbal singer
  • Ricardo Bofill architect
  • Miguel Bose pop singer


  • Montserrat Caballe opera singer
  • Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca explorer
  • Angel Cabrera naturalist
  • Nicolas Cabrera physicist
  • Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo explorer
  • El Cid Campeador nobleman, military leader, diplomat
  • Santiago Canizares football goalkeeper
  • Juan Carlos I king since 1975
  • Jose Carreras opera singer
  • Iker Casillas football goalkeeper
  • Rosalia de Castro poet
  • Camilo Jose Cela writer
  • Ildefons Cerda architect
  • Miguel de Cervantes novelist, poet, playwright
  • Charles V emperor, king
  • Cosme Damian Churruca explorer
  • Juan de la Cierva aeronautical engineer
  • Cristobal Colon (Christopher Colombus) explorer
  • Josep Comas i Sola astronomer
  • El Cordobes matador
  • Francisco Vasquez de Coronado explorer
  • Hernan Cortes conquistador, explorer
  • Penelope Cruz actress
  • Xavier Cugat bandleader
D - F
  • Salvador Dali surrealist, artist
  • Placido Domingo opera singer
  • Luis Miguel Dominguin bullfighter
  • Juan Sebastian Elcano explorer
  • Francisco de Enzinas humanist, translator
  • Gaspar de Espinosa explorer
  • Manuel de Falla composer
  • Jaime Ferran doctor, researcher
G - J
  • Sergio Garcia golfer
  • Pau Gasol basketball player
  • Antoni Gaudi architect
  • Luis de Gongora poet
  • Felipe Gonzalez politician, prime minister
  • Francisco de Goya painter, engraver
  • El Greco painter, sculptor
  • Yehuda Halevi philosopher
  • Francisco Hernandez botanist
  • Juan de Herrera architect
  • Vicente Blasco Ibanez novelist
  • Alberto Iglesias composer
  • Enrique Iglesias pop singer
  • Julio Iglesias pop singer
  • Manuel Jalon Corominas inventor
  • Juan Francisco de Guemes y Horcasitas army general, viceroy new spain
  • Miguel Angel Jiminez golfer
  • Enrique Jorda conductor, music director

L - M

  • Miguel Lopez de Legazpi explorer, conquistador
  • Ramon Llull philosopher
  • Ignatius of Loyola theologian
  • Torcuato Luca de Tena novelist
  • Paco de Lucia guitarist
  • Fray Luis de Leon poet
  • Antonio Machado poet, leader spanish literary movement
  • Salvador de Madariaga humanist
  • Maimonides philosopher
  • Gregorio Maranon humanist, medical scientist
  • Julian Marias philosopher
  • Joanot Martorell author
  • Joan Miro painter, sculptor
N - R
  • Rafael Nadal tennis player
  • Vasco Nunez de Balboa explorer
  • Jose Maria Olazabal golfer
  • Jose Ortega y Gasset philosopher
  • Pablo Picasso artist
  • Francisco Pizarro conquistador
  • Juan Ponce de Leon explorer
  • Gaspar de Portola explorer
  • Fernando de Quevedo novelist
  • Juan Ramon Jimenez poet
  • Santiago Ramon y Cajal histologist, physician, nobel laureate "founder modern neuroscience"
  • Rodrigo Rato politician
  • Arturo Perez Reverte novelist
  • Constante Ribalaigua legendary bartender, creator of daquiri
  • Fernando de Rojas novelist
  • Carlos Ruiz Zafon novelist
  • Gaspar Sanz composer
  • Jordi Savall film music composer
  • Andres Segovia classical guitarist
  • Alfredo Di Stefano footballer
  • Francisco Suarez philosopher
  • Javier Solana secretary general nato
  • Hernando de Soto explorer, conquistador
  • Francisco Tarrega composer, classical guitarist
  • Teresa of Avila mystic, author, reformer
  • Miguel de Unamuno author
  • Pedro de Valdivia conquistador
  • Antonio Buero Vallejo playwright
  • Lope de Vega dramatist, playwright
  • Diego Velazquez painter
  • Paz Vega actor
  • Tomas Luis de Victoria composer
  • David Villa footballer
  • Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero prime minister

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This page was last updated on April 7, 2017.

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