Spain

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Background: Spain's powerful world empire of the 16th and 17th centuries ultimately yielded command of the seas to England. Subsequent failure to embrace the mercantile and industrial revolutions caused the country to fall behind Britain, France, and Germany in economic and political power. Spain remained neutral in World Wars I and II but suffered through a devastating civil war (1936-39). A peaceful transition to democracy following the death of dictator Francisco FRANCO in 1975, and rapid economic modernization (Spain joined the EU in 1986) gave Spain a dynamic and rapidly growing economy and made it a global champion of freedom and human rights. The government continues to battle the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization, but its major focus for the immediate future will be on measures to reverse the severe economic recession that started in mid-2008.
Location: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and Pyrenees Mountains; southwest of France
Area land: 498,980 sq km
Area water: 6,390 sq km
Coastline: 4,964 km
Country name conventional long form: Kingdom of Spain
Country name conventional short form: Spain
Country name former: Kingdom of Spain
Population: 46,754,784 (July 2011 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 15.1% (male 3,646,614/female 3,435,311); 15-64 years: 67.7% (male 16,036,556/female 15,637,090); 65 years and over: 17.1% (male 3,389,681/female 4,609,532) (2011 est.);
Population growth rate: 0.574% (2011 est.)
Birth rate: 10.66 births/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Death rate: 8.8 deaths/1,000 population (July 2011 est.)
Net migration rate: 3.89 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2011 est.)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.065 male(s)/female; under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female; 15-64 years: 1.01 male(s)/female; 65 years and over: 0.72 male(s)/female; total population: 0.96 male(s)/female (2011 est.);
Infant mortality rate: total: 3.39 deaths/1,000 live births; male: 3.74 deaths/1,000 live births; female: 3.03 deaths/1,000 live births (2011 est.);
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 81.17 years; male: 78.16 years; female: 84.37 years (2011 est.);
Total fertility rate: 1.47 children born/woman (2011 est.);
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: 0.4% (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 130,000 (2009 est.);
HIV/AIDS - deaths: 1,600 (2009 est.);
Nationality: noun: Spaniard(s); adjective: Spanish;
Ethnic groups: composite of Mediterranean and Nordic types;
Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6%;
Languages: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, Basque 2%, are official regionally;
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write; total population: 97.9%; male: 98.7%; female: 97.2% (2003 est.);
GDP (purchasing power parity): $1.376 trillion (2010 est.); $1.379 trillion (2009 est.); $1.432 trillion (2008 est.);

note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP (official exchange rate): $1.375 trillion (2010 est.);
GDP - real growth rate: -0.2% (2010 est.); -3.7% (2009 est.); 0.9% (2008 est.);
GDP - per capita (PPP): $29,500 (2010 est.); $29,800 (2009 est.); $31,200 (2008 est.);
note: data are in 2010 US dollars

GDP - composition by sector: agriculture: 2.9%; industry: 25.5%; services: 71.6% (2010 est.);
Population below poverty line: 19.8% (2005);
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: 2.6%; highest 10%: 26.6% (2000);
Labor force: 22.96 million (2010 est.);
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 4.2%; industry: 24%; services: 71.7% (2009 est.);
Unemployment rate: 20% (2010 est.); 18.1% (2009 est.);
Budget: revenues: $515.8 billion; expenditures: $648.6 billion (2010 est.);
Industries: textiles and apparel (including footwear), food and beverages, metals and metal manufactures, chemicals, shipbuilding, automobiles, machine tools, tourism, clay and refractory products, footwear, pharmaceuticals, medical equipment;
Industrial production growth rate: -2% (2010 est.);
Electricity - production: 300.5 billion kWh (2008 est.);
Electricity - consumption: 276.1 billion kWh (2008 est.);
Electricity - exports: 16.92 billion kWh (2008 est.);
Electricity - imports: 5.88 billion kWh (2008 est.);

Statistics: CIA World Factbook.

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Gara

(Basque-language), Donostia
http://www.gara.net/

La Razón

(Conservative), Madrid
http://www.larazon.es

La Vanguardia

(Independent), Barcelona
http://www.vanguardia.es/

La Voz de Galicia


http://www.lavozdegalicia.es/galicia/

Las Provincias

(Independent), Valencia
http://www.lasprovincias.es

Libertad Digital

(Liberal, online newspaper), Madrid
http://www.libertaddigital.com

Times of Earth, The

(English-language), Madrid
http://www.timesofearth.com/

Spain in the News

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The World Watches

'The impression—implicit or explicit—that a democratic nation such as ours is giving in to terrorist attacks would be as unjust as it would be devastating,' Barcelona's La Vanguardia argues in an editorial.

About the Lie

In an article for El País, Juan Luís Cebrián reflects on the terrorist attacks in Madrid and their effects on the Spanish elections.

Interview: Federico Mayor Zaragoza

'I can no longer accept that some leaders, in the name of the people and of democracy, continue to use force, when it is time, at the dawn of this new century and millennium, to discuss issues in order to find or create concrete solutions,' former UNESCO Director General Federico Mayor Zaragoza tells World Press Review correspondent Carmen Font.

In Spain, Imam Sparks Legal Controversy

Mexico City's conservative El Universal reports on the case of an Imam convicted of encouraging violence against women for a commentary he published on the Quran.

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