España madrid

Most traditional Spanish clothing is reserved for special events and celebrations. The most common pieces, still used today, include: the mantilla, the peineta and the gilet. The mantilla is a traditional Spanish veil piece that is often worn during religious celebrations such as Spanish weddings.

In Spain, wearing shorts is a dead giveaway that you're a tourist. Locals always wear pants or skirts and dresses that go past their knees. It is common for both men and women to wear nice trousers or jeans on a daily basis, despite the heat.

Spain is in the northern hemisphere. Because Spain is big, there are different climates. One climate is hot, dry summers with mild rainy winters. Other parts have hot, dry summers, but a much colder winter.

The coat of arms appears in the flag of Spain. The Spanish coat of arms symbolizes the country, the old kingdoms of Spain, the Royal Crown, the Imperial Crown, the Constitutional monarchy, the Spanish national motto: Plus Ultra, and the Pillars of Hercules with the Spanish geographic situation.

The red and yellow colors represent the colors of the old Spanish kingdoms. The Spanish coat of arms depicts two crown-topped pillars of Hercules (with red banners displaying the motto in Latin, "PLUS ULTRA," meaning "More Beyond," alluding to Columbus' discovery of the New World).

One kind of food that is easy to find in Spain is Gazpacho. Gazpacho is a mixture of tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, peppers, and cucumber. They are blended until silky smooth, then chilled and poured into glasses or bowls.

In 2014, the population of Spain was 46.77 million people. Some of the ethnic groups in Spain include: Castilian Spanish 74.4%; Catalan 16.9%; Galician 6.4%; Basque 1.6%; other 0.7%

The currency used in Spain is called a euro. Spain is on the European continent, so they use the same currency. The economy in Spain is good. It is NOT a third world country.

Dollars and euros are similar in value. One U.S. dollar equals 0.93 euros.

The government in Spain is a constitutional monarchy. The king of Spain is Felipe VI. The prime minister is Mariano Rajoy.

Felipe VI
Mariano Rajoy

The history of Spain dates back to the Early Middle Ages. In 1516, Habsburg Spain unified a number of disparate predecessor kingdoms; its modern form of a constitutional monarchy was introduced in 1813, and the current democratic constitution dates to 1978.

The official language of Spain is Spanish. However, there are other languages spoken in Spain. The main foreign languages in Spain are English: 31%, French: 12%, German: 2%.

Freedom of religion is guaranteed by the Spanish Constitution, although the majority of the population is Catholic. Other religions also practised in Spain include Islam, Judaism, Protestantism, and Hinduism, all of which have places where to conduct their rituals.

Location of Spain (map)
Up close map of Spain

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