42 Interesting Facts About Andorra

Last updated on November 16th, 2017

#19. Skiing is a popular sport in the country, attracting millions of tourists every year. Vallnord and Grand Valira are two popular ski areas in the country.

#20. The European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), does not provide health coverage in Andorra.

#21. The common otter is among the country’s threatened species, while the Apollo butterfly and the lesser horseshoe bat are vulnerable species in Andorra.

#22. Because of its high elevation, the northern valleys in the country are completely snowed in for several months of the year.

#23. Andorrans are a minority in their own country. An estimated two-thirds of the Andorran population is without Andorran nationality. They are not allowed to vote or to be elected as the president.

#24. Spanish nationals account for almost 43% of Andorra’s population.

#25. Arinsal is the smallest city in the country, with a population of 1,555.

#26. It is also the sixth-smallest nation in Europe and the sixteenth-smallest nation in the world.

#27. Only 5% of the land in Andorra is arable.

Fun facts about Andorra

#28. Andorra was once referred to as “the poor man’s Switzerland.”  

Related: Interesting facts about Switzerland

#29. There’s no income or inheritance tax.

#30. Andorra’s constitution came into effect on April 28th, 1993.

#31. The Coma Pedrosa, at 2,942 meters (9,652 ft), is the highest mountain (highest point) in the country.

#32. There are no airports in the country. Accessibility to international passengers is provided by nearby airports located in Spain and France.

#33. In Andorra, women live longer than men.

#34. Andorran law requires the eldest able-bodied man of a house to keep a rifle to be used when needed for national protection.

#35. The country has an army of just 12 people. It is interesting to note that this army has never fought for more than 700 years.

#36. The country has a rough and mountainous terrain.

#37. Education law requires school attendance for children up to age 16.

#38. Andorran authorities build schools and maintain them; however, Spain or France pay for the teachers.

#39. In Andorra, pork-based dishes and seafood are very popular. People of the region also eat snails with much delight.

#40. The legal drinking age is 18 in the country.

#41. The first highway was built in the country in 1911. It connected the Spanish city of La Seu-de-Urgell with the country.

#42. As per the CIA Factbook, the country has a total roadway length of 320 km.

 Andorra – country at a glance

Capital CityAndorra la Vella
(42°30′N 1°31′E)
Largest CityAndorra la Vella
(42°30′N 1°31′E)
Total area468 sq km
Population85,702 (July 2017 est.)
Official LanguageCatalan
BordersSpain & France
DemonymAndorran
Literacy rate100%
Suffrage18 years of age; universal
CurrencyEuro
ReligionRoman Catholic
Life expectancy82.8 years (2016)
Life expectancy at birth indicates the number of years a newborn infant would live if prevailing patterns of mortality at the time of its birth were to stay the same throughout its life.
Terrainrugged mountains dissected by narrow valleys
Natural resourceshydropower, mineral water, timber, iron ore, lead
Government typeparliamentary democracy (since March 1993) that retains its chiefs of state in the form of a co-principality;
Co PrincesJoan Enric Vives Sicília
Emmanuel Macron
Prime MinisterAntoni Martí
Agricultural land43.4%
Birth rate7.5 births/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Death rate7.3 deaths/1,000 population (2017 est.)
Sex ratio1.06 male(s)/female (2016 est.)
National colorsblue, yellow, red
National anthem"El Gran Carlemany" (The Great Charlemagne)
Industriestourism (particularly skiing), banking, timber, furniture
Exports$78.71 million (2015 est.)
tobacco products, furniture
Imports$1.257 billion (2015 est.)
consumer goods, food, fuel, electricity
GDP - per capita (PPP)$49,900 (2015 est.)
Internet country code.ad
Time ZoneCET (UTC+1)
Summer (DST) - CEST (UTC+2)
Calling Code+376
Drives on theRight
Data sourcesCIA, Wikipedia
Table last updatedSeptember 5, 2017

References: