Andorra has become an important tourist destination in Europe.  Andorra has several major ski resorts, including Soldeu/El Tarter and Pal/Arinsal. These are very popular with tourists from Spain, France and the United Kingdom, particularly because their relatively gentle slopes are ideal for less experienced people as well as families. Andorran ski schools are among the largest in Europe. Because it is not a member of the European Union, Andorra is able to sell a wide range of duty free products, including alcohol, perfume and cigarettes. These are much cheaper than in neighboring countries, and are a lucrative source of revenue for the country. Andorra also has many hiking trails which can be explored during the summer months, when the snow has thawed.
Andorran culture is Catalan in essence, since the native-born population of Andorra is Catalan. However, it has given a significant and easily identifiable contribution to the conglomerate of Catalan culture.
Due to the fact that Andorra is sandwiched between France and Spain, Andorran cuisine is mainly Catalan. The cuisine in Andorra also combines with French and Italian cuisine. Pasta, meat, fish and vegetables are the main ingredients for every meal. In the northern region of Andorra the French and Italian cuisine is more popular and its main characteristics are the ample use of pasta, cheese, bread and fish; while in the southern region Catalan cuisine influences were adapted. Local dishes include trinxat made of Bacon, cabbage and potatoes; cunillo which is rabbit stewed in tomato sauce; xai which is actually roasted Lamb; coques are flavored flat cakes and truites de carreroles which is actually a mushroom omelet. Cuisine in Andorra also include sausages, cheese, and a large variety of pork and ham dishes and a variety of vegetables.
Principality of Andorra, Principat d’Andorra. 73, 000. National or official languages: Catalan-Valencian-Balear, French, Spanish. Literacy rate: 92%–99%. Immigrant languages: English (770), Portuguese (2, 100). Deaf population: 3, 880. The number of individual languages listed for Andorra is 3. Of those, all are living languages.
Andorra, is a small landlocked country in southwestern Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. It is the sixth smallest nation in Europe having an area of and an estimated population of 83, 888 in 2009. Its capital, Andorra la Vella, is the highest capital city in Europe, being at an elevation of 1023 metres., although Spanish, Portuguese, and French are also commonly spoken.
The Principality was formed in 1278. The role of monarch is exercised jointly by the two co-princes, the President of the French Republic and the Bishop of Urgell, Catalan Countries.
Andorra is a prosperous country mainly because of its tourism industry, which services an estimated 10. 2 million visitors annually, in the world — 82 years at birth.
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