Overview of Andorra

  • Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Botswana, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malta, Monaco, Mozambique, Namibia, the Netherlands, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Portugal, Russia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Singapore, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tanzania (90 days per 1 year), Trinidad and Tobago, United Kingdom (British Citizens, British Overseas Territories citizens and British Nationals (Overseas) only), United States, Uruguay, Venezuela, Zambia (90 days per 1 year) and Zimbabwe.
  • Andorra is a full member of the United Nations, including the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the UN Conference for Commerce and Development (UNCCD); International Center of Studies for Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage (ICCROM); International Telecommunications Union (ITU); International Red Cross; Universal Copyright Convention; European Council; European Union Telecommunications and Satellite (EUTELSAT); World Tourism Organization; Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE); Customs Cooperation Council (CCC); Interpol; and International Monetary Fund, among others.
  • Andorra lost all ten qualifiers for the tournament.[6] The team particularly struggled in away matches; each loss was by at least three goals.[6] Andorra scored only three goals, two of which were penalties,[6] and two of which were in the away matches.[6] Andorra conceded 28 goals,[6] and their biggest defeat of the qualifiers was a 6–1 away loss to Russia.[6]
  • Andorra midfielder Marc Bernaus, who played in the Spanish second division, received a long throw in off his chest and volleyed in a goal early in the second half.[9] After the game, Macedonia coach Dragan Kanatlarovski resigned and called the game “a shameful outcome, a humiliation.”[10] Andorra also drew two matches, 0–0 in Macedonia and 0–0 at home against Finland.[11]
  • Andorra—a microstate situated between France and Spain—joined the
    IMF when Elisenda Vives Balmaña, Ambassador of Andorra to the United
    States, Canada, and Mexico, and Permanent Representative of Andorra at the
    United Nations, signed the IMF’s Articles of Agreement at a ceremony in
    Washington, D.C.
  • Andorra participates in the Visa Waiver Program, which allows nationals of participating countries to travel to the United States for certain business or tourist purposes for stays of 90 days or less without obtaining a visa via the Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA).
  • Andorra has a slow population growth rate of 1.22 percent, fueled by a birth rate of 10.58 births per 1,000 population, a death rate of 5.27 deaths per 1,000 population, and a high net immigration rate of 6.9 migrants per 1,000 population
    (all according to 2000 estimates).
  • Andorra is situated in a single drainage basin, but its main stream, the Riu Valira, has two distinct branches and six open basins; hence the term “Valleys” (Les Valls) was traditionally employed as part of the name of the principality.
  • Andorra’s natural resources include iron and lead deposits, marble quarries, forests of pine and birch, hydropower resources, strips of fertile land in the valleys, and extensive pastures on the mountain slopes.
  • Andorra is about 2.5 times the size of Washington, D.C., with a total area of 468 sq km (180 sq mi), exseeming 30.1 km (18.7 mi) e–w and 25.4 km (15.8 mi) n–s.
  • Continent

    Even four-star chains like Best Western are not here.The only well-known chain hotels are Holiday Inn and Ibis, in Andorra la Vella and Escaldes-Engordany respectively (Escaldes-Engordany is just east of Andorra la Vella).The remaining hotels in the country are almost always independently operated.There are no well known five-star international chain hotels, such as Four Seasons, Fairmont, Intercontinental or Marriott in Andorra.Therefore, the quality and service provided by a four-star hotel, as classified by local tourism board, is not as good as what you expect from other destinations.


    Although mountainous, the country is densely populated, with an overall density of 138 persons per square kilometer (358 per square mile).The Andorrans have a very high life expectancy at birth, standing at 83.46 years for the total population (80.56 for men and 86.56 for women).The population is aging, as in much of the rest of Europe, with 15 percent of the Andorrans younger than 15 years, 72 percent between 15 and 64 years, and 13 percent 65 years or older.The population of Andorra was estimated at 66,824 in July 2000, up from 64,716 in 1998.The population, however, is unevenly distributed, and is concentrated in the 7 urbanized valleys that form the country’s parishes (political districts): Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, La Massana, Escaldes-Engordany, Ordino, and Sant Julia de Loria.This is attributed partly to the pleasant mountainous climate, and partly to the prosperous economy and sufficient health care provisions in the country.


    Given its relative size, Andorran industry is not able to play a significant role in European markets; however, it provides livelihoods for the local people, additional income for the economy, and also caters to the needs of the larger tourist and retail sectors.However, construction is still unable to provide adequate housing at affordable prices for many of the families that migrated to Andorra over the last several decades.In addition to traditional local handicrafts, manufacturing in the principality includes cigars, cigarettes, timber processing, and furniture for the domestic and export markets.Raw materials such as timber and iron and lead ore are also produced, and mining and construction are important sources of revenue and employment.

    What language do they speak?

    The simple answer is Catalan.That’s the language they speak in Catalonia–you know, the autonomous community in Spain (including Barcelona) that is regularly agitating for independence.Andorra borders Catalonia.The roads connecting Andorra to Barcelona are more reliable than those to its French counterpart, so there is a lot of cultural overlap between Andorran and Catalan culture.A lot of Andorrans are really proud of the Catalan language.

    Was it totally awesome?


    What’s Andorra?

    Andorra is a tinnnnnyyy little country in Europe.It’s about double the size of Boston by area and about a tenth of the size by population.So by U.S.standards, it probably wouldn’t even qualify as a city.


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    Are you sure it’s a country?

    Yes! Well technically it’s a principality, or according to Wikipedia, “a sovereign microstate”.It’s definitely not just a city.It’s a member of the United Nations, and although it’s not a member of the EU, the euro is the national currency.

    What was the hardest part about teaching?

    One thing I had to adjust to quickly was the complete difference in educational theory at the CFP versus MIT.MIT is quite theoretical.I have spent my entire undergrad learning equations and then learning math so that I can manipulate those equations.I rarely touch hardware other than my keyboard.Even MIT’s attitude towards learning how to code is surprisingly theoretical.The first lecture of our intro to Python class is about the difference between an algorithm and a program.You learn Python as a first coding language because it’s an easy high-level language for programming algorithms without worrying about low-level hardware.And in upper-level classes, you either A) go a theoretical-mathematical route and leave coding behind, or B) learn to program in C when you see your first Operating Systems pset.For the most part, MIT teaches theory, and practical know-how you have to learn on your own.

    What was the best part of being in Andorra?

    110% my host family.My host family was awesome.

    Why Andorra?

    Even my host dad seemed a little surprised when I told him that I had specifically asked to be placed in Andorra.But I was actually really excited because Andorra is one of the few places where they routinely speak both Spanish and French.I’m a little bit of a language nerd and I’ve been taking Spanish classes since middle school and French classes since high school.In Andorra, I could practice both, which made me absurdly happy.

    What were you doing there?

    I was teaching STEM subjects to high-school-aged students who were training to be IT personnel.MIT has a program called GTL–Global Teaching Labs–where you visit another country during the month of January and teach high-school-aged students in a subject you are knowledgeable about.Although I’ve traveled over IAP before, this was my first time teaching.

    What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

    Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance.See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them.For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs.

    Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

    It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries.Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

    History of Andorra

  • In 1226, the lords of the countship of Foix, in present-day south-central France, became heirs to the counts of Urgel by marriage.
  • In 1226, the lords of the countship of Foix, in presentday south-central France, by marriage became heirs to the counts of Urgel.
  • In 1278, the conflict was resolved by the signing of a pareage, a feudal institution recognizing the principle of equality of rights shared by two rulers.
  • In 1278, the conflict was resolved by the signing of a pareage, which provided that Andorra’s sovereignty be shared between the Count of Foix and the Bishop of Seu d’Urgell of Spain.
  • In 1278, the conflict was resolved by the signing of a pareage, which provided that Andorra’s sovereignty be shared between the Count of Foix and the Bishop of Seu d’Urgell of Spain.
  • In 1278, the conflict was resolved by the signing of a pareage, which provided that Andorra’s sovereignty be shared between the Count of Foix and the Bishop of Seu d’Urgell of Spain.
  • In 1505, Germaine of Foix married Ferdinand V of Castile, thereby bringing the lordship of Andorra under Spanish rule.
  • In 1607, an edict established the head of the French state and Spain’s Bishop of Urgel as co-princes of Andorra.
  • In 1607, France’s King Henry IV made France’s head of government and the Bishop of Seu d’Urgell co-princes of Andorra.
  • In 1793, the French revolutionary government refused the traditional Andorran tribute as smacking of feudalism and renounced its suzerainty, despite the wish of the Andorrans to enjoy French protection and avoid being under exclusively Spanish influence.
  • In 1933 France occupied Andorra as a result of social unrest before elections.
  • In 1939 although imports came to Australia, only a few litters were produced.
  • In 1990 Andorra approved a customs union treaty with the EU permitting free movement of industrial goods between the two, but with Andorra applying the EU’s external tariffs to third countries.
  • In 1992, the voting age was lowered to 18 and broadened to include spouses of Andorran citizens and long-term residents.
  • In 1993, it established its first diplomatic mission to the United Nations in New York, and in 1995, it established diplomatic relations with the United States.
  • In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy.
  • In 1995, a law to broaden citizenship was passed but citizenship remains hard to acquire, with only Andorran nationals being able to transmit citizenship automatically to their children.
  • In 1995, a law to broaden citizenship was passed, but citizenship remains hard to acquire, with only Andorran nationals being able to transmit citizenship automatically to their children.
  • In 1995, a new, more liberal citizenship law was passed, but Andorran nationality nevertheless remains very hard to acquire.
  • In 1997 there were 16,000 radios and 27,000 television sets in use throughout the country.
  • In 1998 the country exported US$58 million worth of goods and services, while importing US$1.077 billion.
  • In 2000, the Jewish community opened and consecrated a synagogue and a cultural center.
  • In 2001 and 2002, ETA attacks included a number of car-bomb incidents, some occurring in areas frequented by tourists, including the Madrid and Malaga airports.
  • In 2001, a Department for the Prevention of Money Laundering was established, which is authorized to carry out unannounced inspections and hands information to the public prosecutor’s office or to the government.
  • In 2002, Andorra adopted the EU’s common currency, the euro.
  • In 2002, Andorra shut down an incinerator that was emitting 1,000 times the dioxin levels permitted by the EU.
  • In 2003 the local imam, Mohamed Raguig, petitioned Bishop Joan Martí Alanis asking for either land from the Church in order to build a mosque or for space inside a church to be used as a mosque.Wikipedia
  • In 2003, about 3,138,000 tourists visited Andorra, of whom 72% came from Spain, a 3% decline from 2002.
  • In 2003, about 8% of eligible adult students were enrolled in tertiary programs.
  • In 2003, the US Department of State estimated the daily cost of a stay in Andorra at $226.
  • In 2003, there were an estimated 3.1 million visitors to Andorra.
  • In 2004, Andorra had 259.4 physicians, 302.4 nurses, 1.8 midwives, and 62 dentists per 100,000 people.
  • In 2004, Andorra had 3.7 physicians, and 3.2 nurses per 1,000 people.
  • In 2004, Andorra signed a series of accords with the EU in the fields of economic, social, and cultural cooperation.
  • In 2004, approximately 63% of the population was not born in Andorra.
  • In 2004, approximately 63% of the population were not born in Andorra.
  • In 2004, however, Andorra was obliged to accept the EU’s Savings Tax Directive, and as of July 2005, imposes a withholding tax of 15% on return of savings paid to citizens of EU member states, of which 75% is remitted onwards to the states concerned.
  • In 2005, Andorra’s gross domestic product (GDP) was $1.9 billion.
  • In 2005, approximately 13% of the population was over 65 years of age, with another 15% of the population under 15 years of age.
  • In 2005, infant mortality was estimated at 4 per 1,000 births.
  • In 2005, the net migration rate was estimated as 6.53 migrants per 1,000 population.
  • In 2005, the net migration rate was estimated at 6.53 migrants per 1,000 population.
  • In 2018, Andorra made its debut in the newly created UEFA Nations League.
  • In 2018, Andorra saw its first major strike in 85 years, when civil servants walked out to protest reforms to their contracts proposed by the Martí government.
  • On 3 September 2010, as part of the Euro 2012 qualifiers, Cyprus claimed a historic result against Portugal after drawing 4–4 in Guimarães.
  • On 7 October 2006, as part of the Euro 2008 qualifiers, Cyprus caused a major upset by beating the Republic of Ireland 5–2 in New GSP Stadium in Nicosia, with Michalis Konstantinou and Constantinos Charalambidis each scoring two goals and Alexandros Garpozis one goal.
  • On 9 September 2014, in Andorra’s first match of the UEFA Euro 2016 qualification phase, he netted a sixth-minute penalty to give the side a 1–0 lead over Wales, but in an eventual 1–2 home loss.[13]