Universities : Some Silent Features About Spain
- Spanish is the 2nd most spoken language in the world after English (about 500 million people)
- Spain is a corridor to Latin America for linguistic, Culture and historical reasons.
- Spain is a doorway to Europe for geographical, political and cultural reasons.
- Among the European countries, Spain receives the 3rd highest number of foreign students per year.
- Spanish universities are consistently ranked among the best universities and top notches 10 business schools in the world.
- Spanish degrees are recognized in all EU member state, and held in good repute in Latin America and USA.
- Spain is the 4th most visited country in the world (2nd in Europe). It offers an extraordinary blend of rich historical heritage, vibrant cultural traditions, and a variety of landscapes, quality food and pleasant weather.
Spain is one of only three countries to have both Atlantic and Mediterranean coastlines. Extending to 1,214 km (754 mi), the Portugal–Spain border is the longest uninterrupted border within the European Union.
Spain is a constitutional monarchy, with a hereditary monarch and a bicameral parliament, the Cortes Generales (General Courts). The executive branch consists of a Council of Ministers of Spain presided over by the Prime Minister, nominated and appointed by the monarch and confirmed by the Congress of Deputies following legislative elections. By political custom established by King Juan Carlos since the ratification of the 1978 Constitution, the king's nominees have all been from parties who maintain a plurality of seats in the Congress.
Spain's capitalist mixed economy is the 16th largest worldwide and the 5th largest in the European Union, as well as the Eurozone's 4th largest.
The centre-right government of former prime minister José María Aznar worked successfully to gain admission to the group of countries launching the euro in 1999. Unemployment stood at 7.6% in October 2006, a rate that compared favourably to many other European countries, and especially with the early 1990s when it stood at over 20%. Perennial weak points of Spain's economy include high inflation, a large underground economy, and an education system which OECD reports place among the poorest for developed countries, together with the United States and UK.
Spoken languages of Spain
The languages of Spain or Spanish languages are the languages spoken or once spoken in Spain. Romance languages are the most widely spoken in Spain; of which Spanish, or Castilian, is the only language which has official status for the whole country.
Religion in Spain
Catholic Christianity is by far the largest religion in Spain. According to a study by the Spanish Centre for Sociological Research in 2015 about 68% of Spaniards self-identify as Catholic Christians, 3.8% as followers of other faiths (including Islam, Protestant Christianity and Buddhism etc.), and about 25% identify as atheists or non-believers
Spain currency or the currency used in Spain is Euro as it is located in southern portion of Europe.Being a part of the European Union and the Euro zone, Spain adopted the common European Currency Euro(symbol: €) in the Year 2002.
The center of Spain is 4:30 hours behind the center of India.
There are three different climate zones in Spain, due to its large size. Visitors can generally expect a Mediterranean climate, characterized by hot, dry summers and mild, rainy winters. The vast central plateau, or Meseta, has a more continental influenced climate with hot, dry summers and cold winters. Rain generally falls mostly in spring and autumn. The mountains surrounding the plateau have a higher rainfall and often experience heavy snowfalls in winter.