The Escuteon of Andorra


Andorra: Mountain Paradise


Andorra is a tiny country buried in the mountains which separate France and Spain. Technically a principality (with two co-princes) this wonderland retreat comprises just a few hundred kilometres of mountainous landscapes and meandering rivers. Since it as carved from the hearts of the Pyrenees mountain range, it contains some of the most dramatic scenery - and the best skiing - in Europe. During the dry months, there are plenty of good hiking opportunities in the high, remote parts of the country, away from the bustle and traffic of 'urban' Andorra.

Basic Facts:

  • Full country name: Principality of Andorra
  • Area: 450 sq km (175 sq mi)
  • Population: 66,824
  • Capital City: Andorra la Vella (pop 22,390)
  • People: Spanish (61%), Andorran (30%), French (6%)
  • Language: Catalan, Spanish, French (and many speak English)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic
  • Government: Parliamentary co-princedom
  • Co-Princes: Jacques Chirac (France), Joan Marti Alanis (Urgell)
  • Executive Council President: Marc Forné Molné
  • GDP: $1.2 billion (USD)
  • GDP per head: $18,000 (USD)
  • Major Industries: Tourism, duty-free shopping, sheep, timber, tobacco, banking
  • Major Trading Partners: France, Spain, USA
  • Member of EU: Not Yet!


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