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CURIOSITIES ABOUT SPAIN

Spain has 46 million inhabitans and borders with France and Andorre to the north, Portugal to the west and Morocco and UK to the south.

Wait a moment! Morocco and UK? Indeed, Ceuta and Melilla are two Spanish cities that are located in Africa and border with Morocco and, the Canary Island are near to Africa too !

And to the south, we have the Rock ( Peñón) of Gibraltar, which is a territory that belongs to the United Kingdom.

Madrid is the capital of Spain and one of the most populated cities. The seat of the government is located there and the King lives there. Yes, because Spain is a kingdom. Has a Royal Family!They live in a palace!

The King Felipe VI, the Queen Letizia and their two daughters, Leonor, the Princess and Sofia, the Infanta.

Although all Spanish people have the same King and the same President, the laws are not exactly the same for everyone. Spain is divided into seventeen autonomous communities and two autonomous cities, each with its own government.

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There are cultural, historical, linguistic and traditional differences.It is like a great salad!

Spanish is not the only official language. You have Galician in Galicia,Aranes and Catala in Catalonia, with its variant, Valencian, in Valencian Community and the Balearic Island,and Euskara in Basque Country and Navarra.

Since 2010, Aranes is official language in Catalonia

Others dialects andminoritieslanguages in Spain:

Aragonese, Asturian,Leonese, Murcian,Extremaduran,Portuguese and Falaon the border with Portugal ...

Cantimplora (canteen) and capicùa (capicua) come from Catala, izquierda (left) and mochila (backpack) from Euskara, chubasco (rain shower) and caramelo (candy) from Galician.

But also there are more!Two Sign Languages: Spanish and Catala.The Calo, spoken by a minority gypsy people.

But also there are more!the calo spoken by a minority gypsy people. Two Sign Languages: Spanish and Catala

Silbo Gomero is used by inhabitants of La Gomera in the Canary Islands, historically used to communicate across the narrow valleys that radiate through the island.

In 2009, UNESCO declared it a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity.

And you will not believe it!

Spain is the first country in production of olive oil and the third in wine, after France and Italy.

Many foreigners may think Spain´s national food is paella, but most Spanish people actually consider it more a Valencian plate, as it originated from there.

tortilla de patatas

( Spanish omelette)

patatas bravas

croquetas

Aside from paella, there are so many traditional Spanish dishes to try:

migas

gazpacho

jamón

pescado

(ham)

(fish)

Spanish timetables differ so much from European timetables.Spanish people can easily start eating at 15:00 and have dinner at 22:00.For going out at night, party starts at 24:00 and ends ...at 7 am!

You may have heard of siesta hour (nap) in Spain.Nowadays, especially in big cities, people don´t really sleep during siesta time anymore. However, some shops and establishments still close at this time ( 2 pm to 5 pm) to have lunch and get some rest.

Spanish people have two surnames.The first one is the last name of the father and the second one is the last name of the mother.

Most Spanish people do not support it. Only around 25% of the Spanish population support bullfighting. Out of those, only 8% attend.

Bullfighting

They are forbidden in the Canary Islands and Catalonia and other regions are following. There are some regions in which it depends on the political party in power.

Flamenco is a Spanish stereotype. Although it is a fundamental part of Spanish culture, not all Spaniards are flamenco dancers. It is a typical dance of the south and more popular in that area.

This is all.Do you know anything else that has surprised you about Spain?

Welcome to Spain and thank you for your attention!