Welcome to Andorra
Welcome to Andorra, the country of the Pyrenees. An independent state with an area of 468 km2 and more than a thousand years of history in the southeast of Europe, between Spain and France.
Known internationally for its ski resorts, shops with very low taxes and its modern hotel and service infrastructures, each year the country receives nearly 8 million visitors.
Andorra is also a paradise for nature lovers: 90% of the country is forest.
Geographical location: Andorra is in the heart of the Pyrenees, between Spain and France.
The country is structured into seven administrative and territorial divisions known as “parishes”, which by order of protocol are: Canillo, Encamp, Ordino, La Massana, Andorra la Vella, Sant Julià de Lòria and Escaldes-Engordany. The body managing each parish is the "Comú".
Andorra is a state of democratic and social law. In 1993 it entered the United Nations and its constitution was approved by referendum.
The only country in the world with two heads of state: the Episcopal co-prince (the Bishop of La Seu d’Urgell, in Spain), and the French co-prince (the president of the French Republic). The Principality holds parliamentary elections every four years.
Andorra has a high mountain climate: with cold temperatures in the winter and mild in the summer. The atmosphere is dry. Next to the Mediterranean, so most days of the year are sunny.
Andorra’s official language is Catalan. However, Spanish, French and Portuguese are commonly used. English is also spoken in all establishments related to tourism.
The official currency in Andorra is the euro (€). Andorra will mint Euros for the first time in 2014.
Andorra is a lay state. The Constitution supports freedom of religion and cult. However, most of the population is Catholic.
Andorra in figures
Population: 78,000 inhabitants | Annual visitors: 8.000.000 | Hotel establishments: 315 | Hotel places: more than 39,000 | Ski slopes: 300 km of marked slopes | Shops and trades: more than 1,000 shops and 7 large shopping centres | Days of the year when the trades close: 4