Welcome to the Principality of Andorra!
Squeezed between Spain and France, the mountainous principality of Andorra is a good place for a relatively inexpensive but action-packed summer or winter family adventure holiday.
Heavy snowfall is almost guaranteed in winter but Andorra is also blessed with regular sunshine which means that most of the time (300 days a year!!) there are spectacular views of steeps mountains and plunging valleys against a backdrop of clear, blue sky. “Benvinguts a Andorra!”
Some figures about Andorra
- Full name: The Principality of Andorra
- Superficie: 468km²
- Inhabitants: 72.000 (2017)
- Cities: 7 (capital Andorra la Vella)
- Official language: Catalan (other languages: French, Spanish)
- National day: 8th of September
- Major religion: Christianity
- Life expectancy: 81 years (men), 87 years (women)
- Monetary unit: 1 euro = 100 cents
- Main exports: Leather goods
- Internet domain: .ad
- International dialing code: +376
Facts about Andorra
The Principality of Andorra is located in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain. Andorra is one of Europe’s smallest independent countries with a total population of less than 80.000 and an area of only 468 km². No more than a 2-hour drive from the Mediterranean Sea, Andorra offers more than 300 sunny days per year and spectacular, untouched nature with excellent skiing in winter. In addition, the country is known for its tax-freedom and banking secrecy. All this makes Andorra a perfect base for your permanent residency.
Andorra is also one of Europe’s oldest countries, being founded in 1287. The Principality has been an independent state since 1993, and the currency is the Euro. The official language is Catalan, although most people speak Spanish and even English is becoming common.
Tourism is Andorra’s main industry and accounts for 80% of the country’s GDP. Attracted by Andorra’s nature and its tax-free shopping, more than 10 million tourists visit Andorra every year.
The country’s banking institutions also benefit from Andorra’s fiscal system and its banking secrecy policy, and they contribute largely to the Andorran economy.
Even if Andorra is not a member of the EU, it profits by the import of goods through its agreements with the European community.
The country’s climate is similar to the North of Spain, however due to the altitude (the lowest/highest point is 870/2.946 meters over sea level), the air is dryer, which makes summers very pleasant and gives Andorra’s ski centres excellent snow conditions during the winter.
The living costs are lower, or on par with other European countries. Thanks to the absence of industry and the pleasant climate, the people of Andorra are currently listed as having the highest life expectancy in the world, with an average of 83.5 years.
Andorra has very good flight connections through Toulouse (France) and Barcelona, Reus, Girona and now also Lleida-Alguaire (Spain). All airports are approx. 200km (Lleida 150km) or about 2-3 hours driving from Andorra. There is also a helicopter service in Andorra shortening the distance to the respective airport to half an hour flight.