42 Interesting Facts About Andorra

Last updated on September 7th, 2017

Andorra is a small principality located in the high mountains of the Pyrenees in southwestern Europe. The nation is a tourist hot spot. Let’s learn more about Andorra with some fascinating facts!

Interesting facts about Andorra’s history, people, tourism, and economy

#1. Andorra is a landlocked country in southwestern Europe. It is officially the Principality of Andorra.

#2. Andorra is among the safest countries in the world with almost zero pickpocketing, car theft and disorderly conduct incidents.

#3. Andorra, according to some estimates, is the world’s 14th oldest country.

#4. The offices of the government, court, and prison are housed in the “House of the Valleys,” which was built in 1580 in Andorra la Vella, the capital city of Andorra.

#5. Andorra also witnesses the world’s most prestigious cycle race – the Tour De France.

#6. The country’s military budget depends on voluntary donations.

#7. The arrangement in the country is such that all able-bodied men must serve if called upon. Such men are called upon by means of an alarm in case of natural disasters or emergencies.

#8. It is a principality (a territory ruled by a prince).

Flag of Andorra

Flag of Andorra
Flag of Andorra. Image credit – CIA

#9. The capital city of Andorra, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe with an elevation of 1,023 meters.

#10. It is also the only country in the world where Catalan is an official language.

#11. Andorra is not an official member of the European Union.

#12. According to the CIA, Andorra ranks eighth in overall life expectancy in the world, with Monaco at the top and Chad at the bottom of the list.

#13. According to World Bank data, more than 10 million tourists arrived in Andorra last year. This fact signifies the importance of tourism in the country’s economy.

#14. One theory suggests that Andorra may be derived from Arabic al-durra, meaning, “The Pearl.”

#15. In 1933, Andorra was occupied by France.

#16. The country served as an important smuggling route between Vichy, France, and Spain during World War II.

#17. Andorra became a member of the UN and Council of Europe in 1993. The political system of the country was also modernized the same year.

Map of Andorra

Andorra Map
Andorra Map

#18. Andorra has two princes. The president of France and the Bishop of Urgell serve as co-princes for the country. Note that it is the world’s only co-principality.

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