Country Profile > Spain

  • Area – 504, 782 km2 (499,542 km2 is land and 5,240 km2 is water)
  • Population – 46.9 million (source INE Spainish National Statistics Office 2010)
  • Capital City – Madrid
  • Life Expectancy – 78 Male and 84 Femail (source World Health Organisation)
  • Head of State – King Juan Carlos I
  • Prime Minister – Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero (PSOE)

Spain is the second largest country in the EU after France. It has a total surface area of 504,000 square kilometres. It comprises about 84% of the Iberian Peninsula. Spain’s borders are Andorra (63.7 km), France (623 km), Gibraltar (1.2 km), Portugal (1,214 km), Morocco (Ceuta) (6.3 km), Morocco (Melilla) (9.6 km).

As well as the mainland, the territory includes two island archipelagos – the Balearics and the Canaries – and two enclaves on the North African coast, bordering Morocco – Ceuta and Melilla.
The Spanish climate is temperate with hot summers but more moderate and cloudy along the coast; and cold winters in the interior, and partly cloudy and cool along the coast.

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Country Profiles > Portugal

  • Full Country Name – The Portuguese Republic
  • Area – 92 090 km2
  • Population – 10.555 million (provisional Census 2011 results)
  • Capital City – Lisbon
  • Languages – Portuguese
  • Currency – Euro
  • Head of State – President Cavaco Silva
  • Prime Minister – Pedro Passos Coelho
  • Foreign Minister – Paulo Portas

Facts

  • The first circumnavigation of the globe was led by Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan.
  • The UK’s alliance with Portugal is older than any other and began with a Treaty in 1373.

South-western Europe, bordering the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Spain. Maritime temperate – cool and rainy in north, warmer and drier in south. The archipelagos of the Azores and Madeira are also autonomous regions of Portugal with their own micro-climates.

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Country Profiles > France

  • Area – 547,030 sq km (not including overseas territories)
  • Population – 63.4 million
  • Capital City – Paris
  • Language – French
  • Currency – Euro
  • Head of State – President Nicolas Sarkozy (UMP)
  • Prime Minister – M. Francois Fillon (UMP)
  • Foreign Minister – M. Bernard Kouchner (Independent, former PS)

Facts

  • 1270 UK towns are twinned with French towns (more than any other country)
  • Kronenbourg beer is owned by a Scottish and Newcastle Brewery.

Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, south-east of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.

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Country Profiles > Ireland

  • Area – 70,282 sq. km
  • Population – 4.58 million
  • Capital City – Dublin
  • Languages – Irish is the first official language, although English, the second official language is almost universally used.
  • Currency – Euro
  • Foreign Minister – Eamon Gilmore (since 9 March 2011)
  • Europe Minister – Lucinda Creighton (since 9 March 2011)

Fact

  • Ireland is the UK’s top export market for food and drink, and clothing and textiles.
  • The value of two way trade goods and services between the UK and Ireland in 2009 was a third more than out two way trade with China.

The island of Ireland lies to the west of Britain across the Irish Sea, with crossing points ranging in distance from 17.6 to 192 km (11 to 120 miles). Northern Ireland, part of the United Kingdom, covers an area of 13,967sq. km (5,456 sq. miles) in the North East of the island. Ireland is the only country sharing a land border with the UK.

Ireland is divided into 4 provinces and 26 counties. Agricultural lowlands form most of the interior, which is broken in places with low hills and includes considerable areas of bog and numerous lakes.

Western Europe, bordering the Bay of Biscay and English Channel, between Belgium and Spain, south-east of the UK; bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Italy and Spain.

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What is the EEA and which countries are EEA countries?

After the last blog post some of you may be asking; What is the EEA and Which countries are EEA Countries?

EEA stands for European Economic Area. Created in 1994, the EEA combines the countries of the European Union and member countries of EFTA (European Trade Association). The European Economic Area (EEA) was established on 1 January 1994 following an agreement between the member states of the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the European Community, later the European Union (EU).

Countries that belong to the EEA are:

  • Austria
  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech Republic
  • Cyprus
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Iceland
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Latvia
  • Liechtenstein
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United Kingdom.

Countries that are EEA member countries but NOT part of the European Union are:

  • Norway
  • Iceland
  • Liechtenstein.

The purpose of the EEA is the participation in the European Market trade and movement, without having to apply to be one of the EU member countries.

For more information visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/European_Economic_Area.