Country Profile - Spain

Name: Kingdom of Spain

Location: Western Europe

Time: IST (-) 41/2 hrs

Capital: Madrid

Language: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, and Basque 2%.

Area: 504,782 sq kms

Population: 46,754,784 (July 2011 est.)

National Day: 12 Oct

Currency: Euro (EUR)

Climate: Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. The best months are from April to October, although mid-summer (July to August) can be excessively hot throughout the country except the coastal regions. Madrid is best in late spring or autumn. The central plateau can be bitterly cold in winter.

Holidays: 1 Jan New Year's Day. 1 May Labour Day. 15 Aug Assumption. 12 Oct National Day. 8 Dec Immaculate Conception. 25 Dec Christmas Day.

Airline Name: Iberia (IB)

International Airports: Altet (Alicante) (ALC), del Prat (Barcelona) (BCN), Barajas (Madrid) (MAD), Malaga (AGP), Santiago de Compostela (SCQ), Seville (SVQ), Bilbao (BIO), GranadaLas Palmas, Palma de Mallorca, Santander Tenerife-Norte