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Andorra

Background

Andorra

For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders (from 1607 onward, the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Seu d'Urgell). In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. For decades Andorra enjoyed its status as a small refuge of fiscal and banking freedom and benefitted from Spanish and French tourists attracted to the country's duty-free shopping. The situation has changed in recent years as Andorra started to tax foreign investment and other sectors. Tourism accounts for over 80% of Andorra's gross domestic product.

About

Andorra is a small (pop. 73,100, size 464 km2), mountainous country in the Pyrenees mountains in Europe, and is on the Iberian Peninsula, on the border between France and Spain, in Southern Europe.

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AndorraAndorra Park Hotel 

Les Canals 24
Andorra la Vella AD500
Andorra

Price (US$): $224 - $367 / night

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Location. Located in central Andorra la Vella, Andorra Park Hotel is a business friendly hotel within walking distance of Church of Saint Stephen, Casa de la Vall, and Placa del Poble. Additional points of interest include Caldea Spa and Pal Arinsal Ski Resort. Hotel Features. Dining options at Andorra Park Hotel include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, an indoor pool, an outdoor tennis… more »

AndorraHoliday Inn Andorra 

Prat De La Creu 88
Andorra La Vella
Andorra

Price (US$): $98 - $107 / night

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Location. Located in central Andorra la Vella, Holiday Inn Andorra is within walking distance of Casa de la Vall and Church of Saint Stephen. Nearby points of interest also include Caldea Spa and Pal Arinsal Ski Resort. Hotel Features. Holiday Inn Andorra features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. Recreational amenities include an indoor pool, a sauna, a fitness facility, and a steam room. Business services and concierge services are available. Guest parking is available for a surcharge.… more »

AndorraMagic Canillo Apartments 

Carretera del Forn - Urbanitzacio Riba
Canillo AD100
Andorra

Price (US$): $89 - $142 / night

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Location. Magic Canillo Apartments is located in Canillo, close to Palau de Gel, Sant Serni Church, and Sant Joan de Caselles. Nearby points of interest also include Meritxell Sanctuary and Encamp Grandvalira Ski Area. Hotel Features. Magic Canillo Apartments features ski storage. Guest parking is complimentary. The front desk is open during limited hours. Guestrooms. All guestrooms at Magic Canillo Apartments feature coffee/tea makers and safes. At this 4 star hotel, accommodations include… more »

AndorraHusa Centric 

Av Meritxell 87-89
Andorra la Vella AD500
Andorra

Price (US$): $152 - $176 / night

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Location. Husa Centric is located in central Andorra la Vella, close to Saint Andrew Church, Caldea Spa, and Church of Saint Stephen. Nearby points of interest also include Pal Arinsal Ski Resort and Perfume Museum. Hotel Features. Husa Centric's restaurant serves dinner and appetizers. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. The hotel serves buffet breakfasts each morning in the restaurant (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a health… more »

AndorraHotel Cervol 

Avinguda Santa Coloma, 46
Andorra la Vella AD500
Andorra

Price (US$): $102 - $188 / night

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Location. Hotel Cervol is located in Andorra la Vella, close to Casa de la Vall, Church of Saint Stephen, and Caldea Spa. Nearby points of interest also include Pal Arinsal Ski Resort and Placa del Poble. Hotel Features. Hotel Cervol features a restaurant and a bar/lounge. The hotel serves Buffet breakfasts (surcharges apply). Recreational amenities include a sauna and a fitness facility. Spa amenities include spa services and massage/treatment rooms. Complimentary wireless Internet access… more »

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Andorra

Full name
Principality of Andorra
Capital
Andorra la Vella
Location

Southwestern Europe, between France and Spain

Geographic coordinates

42 30 N, 1 30 E

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Border countries

France 56.6 km, Spain 63.7 km

Coastline

0 km (landlocked)

Climate

temperate; snowy, cold winters and warm, dry summers

Terrain

rugged mountains dissected by narrow valleys

Lowest point

Riu Runer 840 m

Highest point

Pic de Coma Pedrosa 2,946 m

Natural resources

hydropower, mineral water, timber, iron ore, lead

Population

84,525 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

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

Religions

Roman Catholic (predominant)

Languages

Catalan (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese

Government type

parliamentary democracy (since March 1993) that retains as its chiefs of state a coprincipality; the two princes are the president of France and bishop of Seu d'Urgell, Spain, who are represented in Andorra by the coprinces' representatives

Independence

1278 (formed under the joint suzerainty of the French Count of Foix and the Spanish Bishop of Seu d'Urgel)

National holiday

Our Lady of Meritxell Day, 8 September (1278)

Chief of state

French Coprince Nicolas SARKOZY (since 16 May 2007); represented by Christian FREMONT (since September 2008) and Spanish Coprince Bishop Joan-Enric VIVES i Sicilia (since 12 May 2003); represented by Nemesi MARQUES i Oste (since 30 July 2003)

Head of government

Executive Council President Jaume BARTUMEU Cassany (since 5 June 2009)

Internet country code

.ad

Internet users

67,100 (2009)

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