What is Spain?
Spain, officially the Kingdom of Spain, is a Western European country. The country consists of Peninsular Spain which is located between the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic ocean, two archipelagos, one in each sea, and two autonomous cities in North Africa.
Due to Spain's geographical situation and orographic conditions, the climate is extremely diverse it can be roughly divided in three areas:
- The moderate Continental climate takes place in the inland areas of the Peninsula (largest city, Madrid).
- The Mediterranean climate region, which roughly extends from the Andalusian plain along the southern and eastern coasts up to the Pyrenees, on the seaward side of the mountain ranges that run near the coast (largest city, Barcelona).
- An Oceanic climate takes place in Galicia and the coastal strip by the Bay of Biscay (largest city, Bilbao). This area is often called Green Spain.
The main language of Spain is Spanish but the Spanish Constitution, although affirming the sovereignty of the Spanish Nation, recognises historical nationalities and languages like Basque, Catalan, Galician, Aranes Aragonese, and Asturian.
Spanish cuisine consists of a great variety of dishes which stem from differences in geography, culture and climate. It is heavily influenced by seafood available from the waters that surround the country, and reflects the country's deep Mediterranean roots. Spain's extensive history with many cultural influences has led to a unique cuisine with literally thousands of recipes and flavors.
Sport in Spain has been traditionally dominated by football (soccer) (since the early 20th century), cycling and bullfighting (since the 17th century). Today, Spain is a major world sports power, especially since the 1992 Summer Olympics that were hosted in Barcelona and promoted a great variety of sports in the country. The great touristic attraction of the country has caused an improvement of the sports infrastructure, especially for water sports, golf and skiing.
Although Chapter 2 of the Constitution states that no religion shall have a state character, Roman Catholicism is the main religion in the country. About 76% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholics, about 2% with another religious faith, and about 19% identify as non-believers or atheists. A study conducted in October 2006 by the Spanish Centre of Sociological Investigations shows that from the 76% of Spaniards who identify as Catholics or other religious faith, 54% hardly ever or never go to church, 15% go to church some times a year, 10% some time per month and 19% every Sunday or multiple times per week. About 22% of the whole Spanish population attend religious services at least once a month.
Each municipality is allowed to declare a maxim of 14 public holidays per year up to nine of these are chosen by the national government and at least two are chosen locally.
National public Holidays:
January 1 - New Years Day - Año Nuevo
Moveable - Good Friday - Viernes santo
May 1 - Labour Day - Dia del Trabajador
August 15 - Assumption of Mary - Asunción
October 12 - Columbus Day - Dia de la Hispanidad (Spain national day)
November 1 - All Saints - Todos los Santos
December 6 - Constitution Day- Dia de la Constitución
December 8 - Immaculate Conception - Inmaculada Concepción
December 25 - Christmas Day - Navidad
- Gabriel_87October 2007
Hi!! I would like to improve my french, and in return I can help you with basque or spanish
Hii!! I want to improve my English speaking fluency. I can teach you Spanish, catalan or even Arabic all of them are my mother tongue. We can meet up face to face or by Skype. Cheers!
Ofrezo un alemán perfecto y quiero conversaciones espaNoles! (soy alemán)
Hola soy de España me gustaría aprender inglés y ayudar a otros con el español, además de hacer amistades y que me enseñen a utilizar bien la página de polygloclub ya que soy nuevo en la comunidad
Hello, I can help with English and Spanish. I want to learn Italian.
Puedo ayudar con el inglés y el español. Quiero aprender italiano.
Posso aiutarti con l'inglese e l'spagnolo. Voglio apprendere l'italiano.
zolanskiAugust 2013Ti correggo! Vorrei apprendere* l'italiano! Io vorrei imparare lo spagnolo, un po' già lo so! Ti scrivo una email! lolutteAugust 2013hola
HI))) I'm Alexander How are you?))) I am from St.Petersburg, and I study English))) write me)) and let's be friends))) Сould you help me with improving of my English. I help you with Russian.
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13 OctValenciaCuenca & Ciudad Encantada & Hanging...13 tundi tagasiAv. de Blasco Ibáñez, 111, València, Spain2
13 OctSevilleTour de los artistas11 tundi tagasiBarrio de Santa Cruz, Sevilla, Spain5
13 OctMadridGREAT SUNDAY EXCHANGE4 tundi tagasiLARIOS CAFÉ, calle Silva 4, Madrid, Spain150
13 OctMadridGREAT SOCIAL & LANGUAGE EXCHANGE ME...4 tundi tagasiCalle de Silva, 4, Madrid, Spain
13 OctPalma de MallorcaLanguage Exchange Meeting4 tundi tagasiCarrer de Borguny, 9, Palma, Spain1
13 OctMadridSunday Language Exchange Meeting3 tundi tagasiCalle Tres Cruces 8, Madrid, Spain
14 OctBarcelonaIntercambio de idiomas frances-espa...20 tundiRonda de la Universitat, 35, Barcelona, Spain1
14 OctSevilleEnglish Spanish Language Exchange a...20 tundiPresidente Cárdenas, 4, Sevilla, Spain
14 OctValenciaMonday International Meet up/ Langu...21 tundiPlaza Honduras 36, Valencia, Spain
15 OctSevilleIntercambio with PacoHommeCalle Jiménez Aranda, 5, Sevilla, Spain
15 OctValenciaTuesday International Meet up / Lan...HommeGranvia Marques del turía 40, Valencia, Spain
16 OctMadridGREAT WEDNESDAY EXCHANGEWednesdayLARIOS CAFÉ, calle de Silva 4, Madrid, Spain150
16 OctMadridGREAT SOCIAL & LANGUAGE EXCHANGE ME...WednesdayCalle de Silva, 4, Madrid, Spain
17 OctGranadameet good people and speak , don’t ...Thursdayel campo burger king, Granada, Spain5
17 OctMadrid★Welcome Meeting & Language Exchang...Thursdaycalle de Espoz y Mina 14, Madrid , Spain
17 OctMadrid???? Thursday International Party P...Thursdaycalle Espoz y Mina 14, madrid, Spain
18 OctBarcelonaFriday Language Exchange - at TWENT...Järgmine nädalc/ Rosselló 208, Barcelona, Spain
18 OctMadridMadrid Language Exchange MeetingJärgmine nädalCalle Tres Cruses 8, Madrid, Spain
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