Andorra is officially the Principality of Andorra, but it is also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra. Its capital city is Andorra la Vella, which at 1,023 metres above sea level has the distinction of being the highest capital city in all of Europe.
Andorra has another distinction that sets it apart from most of the countries of Europe, and much of the world. One that is very advantageous to a great many of its citizens. People born and living all their lives in Andorra enjoy the seventh longest human life expectancy in the world, 82 years.
Andorra is a landlocked micro-state located in Southwestern Europe with a population of about 78,360 people. Located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains, Andorra is bordered by Spain and France, and it a popular destination for travelers visiting either country. The official language of Andorra is Catalan, However, as would be expected because of its geographical location, Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also spoken by many of Andorra’s citizens.
Mainly because of tourism, Andorra is a prosperous country. An estimated 10.2 million tourists visit Andorra each year. Andorra’s status as a tax haven has also added to the country’s prosperity. However, it’s in the process of reforming its tax regime and in all likelihood will forfeit its tax haven status. Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but the euro is the currency used in the country.
Being as Andorra is situated in the Pyrenees mountains, much of it’s tourism is related to recreational interests associated with mountains. Winter sports such as skiing and snowboarding are popular. However, the natural beauty of Andorra is a magnet for visitors interested in hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and sightseeing all year round.
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