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Andorra: Country with Low Tax Rates and High Life Expectancy

Andorra is one of the oldest nations in Europe , originally established by Charlemagne as a buffer state against the Iberian Muslims. It was split between the Spanish Bishop of Urgell and a nominee appointed by the King of France. As a result of this the Paretages controlled this country between 1278 and 1288. Later on the French emperors and presidents took over it. This unique power-sharing arrangement lasted until the late 20th century, when the present Andorran constitution based on parliamentary democracy was promulgated in 1993.

Andorra is a small prosperous country mainly because of tourism and levied taxes. The tax rates are so mild that this country enjoys the status of tax haven. It is estimated that about 10 million people visit Andorra each year to enjoy its winter sports, pleasant summer climate and duty free goods. People of Andorra enjoy the second highest Life Expectancy in the world after Japan.

Andorra Profile: Overview of Facts and Figures:

  • National Name: Principat d'Andorra
  • Capital: Andorra la Vella
  • Total area : 174 sq mi (451 sq km)
  • Population: 72,413 (2008 est.)
  • Currency: Euro
  • Languages: Catalán (official), French, Castilian, Portuguese
  • Ethnicity/ Races: Spanish 43%, Andorran 33%, Portuguese 11%, French 7%, other 6% (1998)
  • Religion: Roman Catholic (predominant)
  • GDP (Per Capita): $38,800 (2005)
  • Life Expectancy: 83.49 years.
  • Literacy Rate: 100%

Geographical Information on Andorra:

Andorra is located in Southwestern Europe, between Spain and France and is nestled in high altitude of the Pyrénées Mountains on the French-Spanish border. Due to its location in Eastern Pyrenees mountain ranges it has rugged mountains at an altitude of about 2000 meters. This topography of Andorra makes it snow laden almost every season. The snow and ice of Andorra attracts lovers of skiing and sledging.

Andorra's climate is similar to temperate climates, but its higher altitude provides more snow in winter and it is slightly cooler in summer. In Andorra the winter is snowy and cold while the summers, warm and dry. It is landlocked that provides a number of important crossroads in the Pyrenees, which remain the hot spot for passionate adventurers.

Culture, Cuisine and Tradition Of Andorra :

The culture of Andorra is highly influenced by the Romans. A prominent characteristic found in the Andorran culture is the imprint of Roman art. There are more than 50 Roman churches in Andorra. The culture of Andorra is also influenced by the Spanish culture. Literature occupies an important position in Andorran culture. Some of the famous writers of this country are Albert Salvado, Antoni Morell and Joan Peruga. The culture of Andorra has made a significant contribution to the richness of Catalan culture.

Andorran cuisine is based on Catalan culture, with strong French and Italian influences. Sauces are typically served with meat and fish. Pasta is also common. Local dishes include cunillo (rabbit cooked in tomato sauce), xai (roast lamb), trinxat (bacon, potatoes and cabbage) and escudella (a stew of chicken, sausage and meatballs).

Tourist Attraction of Andorra :

The topographical location in the eastern portion of Pyrenees between Spain and France, the Andorra La Vella becomes the popular destination for the ski lovers, adventure seekers and nature admirers. In the near future it also plans to be the host city for the Winter Olympics. Sightseeing in Andorra La Vella will be incomplete without a visit to Esglesia de Sant Esteve that is the central portion of this place. Andorra La Vella is especially popular among all the tourist destinations in Andorra because of the beautiful places like Esglesia de Sant Esteve where one can witness the traits of the Roman architectural style.

Major Sight-seeing Places in Andorra include:

    •  Andorra la Vella

    •  Gran Valira Valley

    •  Valira d'Orient Valley

    •  Valira del Nord Valley

    •  Valira D orient Valley

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