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Andorra Travelling Guide
Andorra Travelling Guide


General background: Long isolated and impoverished, mountainous Andorra has achieved considerable prosperity since World War II through its tourist industry. Many immigrants (legal and illegal) are attracted to the thriving economy with its lack of income taxes.

Area comparative: 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Climate:
temperate: snowy, cold winters and warm, dry summers

Terrain:
rugged mountains dissected by narrow valleys

Population: 68,403 (July 2002 est.)

Ethnic groups: Spanish 43%, Andorran 33%, Portuguese 11%, French 7%, other 6% (1998)

Religions: Roman Catholic (predominant)

Language: Catalan (official), French, Castilian

Government type: Parliamentary democracy (since March 1993) that retains as its heads of state a coprincipality; the two princes are the president of France and bishop of Seo de Urgel, Spain, who are represented locally by coprinces' representatives.

Capital: Andorra la Vella

Legal system: Based on French and Spanish civil codes; no judicial review of legislative acts; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdiction.

Economic overview: Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra's tiny, well-to-do economy, accounts for roughly 80% of GDP. An estimated 9 million tourists visit annually, attracted by Andorra's duty-free status and by its summer and winter resorts. Andorra's comparative advantage has recently eroded as the economies of neighboring France and Spain have been opened up, providing broader availability of goods and lower tariffs. The banking sector, with its "tax haven" status, also contributes substantially to the economy. Agricultural production is limited - only 2% of the land is arable - and most food has to be imported. The principal livestock activity is sheep raising. Manufacturing output consists mainly of cigarettes, cigars, and furniture. Andorra is a member of the EU Customs Union and is treated as an EU member for trade in manufactured goods (no tariffs) and as a non-EU member for agricultural products.

Communication/Telephone system: Modern system with microwave radio relay connections between exchanges. Landline circuits to France and Spain.

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