Spain Facts Capital: MadridGovernment Type: Parliamentary monarchyCurrency: euro (EUR)Population: 47,370,542Total Area: 195,123 Square Miles505,370 Square KilometersLocation: Southwestern Europe, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, North Atlantic Ocean, Bay of Biscay, and Pyrenees Mountains; southwest of FranceLanguage: Castilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, and Basque 2%. LanguagesCastilian Spanish (official) 74%, Catalan 17%, Galician 7%, and Basque 2%. note: Catalan is official in Catalonia, the Balearic Islands, and the Valencian Community (where it is known as Valencian); in the northwest corner of Catalonia (Vall d'Aran), Aranese is official along with Catalan; Galician is official in Galicia; Basque is official in the Basque Country. The Spanish People The usual greeting by Spanish males is a handshake. Friends may pat one another on the back and, may give a abrazo (hug) if they have not seen each other for a long period of time. Women also shake hands...


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