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January 16, 2019 · 7 min read 


Andorra is a landlocked nation. It is located in the eastern valleys of the Pyrenees Mountains. The nation is bordered with Spain in south and France in its north. Andorra has more proximity with Catalan culture. This is because it has a border with the Catalan region of Spain.

Read 5 important facts – we call it as Andorra facts

1. Not a Republic but a co-principality:

Andorra is a principality. The French President and the Catholic Bishop of Urgell (Catalonia, Spain) are the co-princes. They act as the heads of the state/monarchs of the country. They discharge their duties with the help of personal representatives. They are appointed to the Office of Representatives to the Principality of Andorra. Head of the government is the Prime Minister. He/she is an elected member of the Parliament. He/she is also responsible for the administration of the state.

2. Capital is the highest in the Europe:

Andorra’s capital Andorra la Vella is located at an elevation (1023 metres) in the east of the Pyrenees mountains. The capital is linear in area with a narrow width. Andorra la Vella is also considered as the highest situated capital in the European continent.

3. Economy entirely based on tourism:

The capital is famous for ski based tourism in the picturesque mountain resorts. The economy entirely depends on tourists. They throng the nation throughout the year. Their presence has boosted country’s growth. Andorra is also famous as a tax haven. The banking sector in Andorra has gained strength from its tax haven status.

4. No standing army:

Andorra only maintains a small ceremonial army. They do not have a standing army to defend the territory. The responsibility for the protection of the principality primarily lies with the co-princes and their respective nations viz. France and Spain. As the monarchs are the supreme commanders, defence is their responsibility.

5. FC Andorra:

Catalonia has a famous football club named FC Barcelona. As per the local news reports, Barcelona football legend Lionel Messi and former Barcelona Midfielder Cesc Fabregas have bought shares in Gerard Pique owned FC Andorra, an Andorra la Vella based Spanish fourth division football Club.




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