Essential info for Spain

Population: About 46 million

Major religions: Catholicism

Capital city: Madrid (and largest city)

Legal system: Parliamentary constitutional republic

Main languages: Castilian/Spanish (official). English is widely spoken and understood.

Time: GMT +1 (GMT +2 from the end of March to the end of October).

Electricity: 220 or 225 volts, 50Hz. Standard Spanish plugs are European two-pins.

Currency: The Euro (EUR), divided into 100 cents

Tipping: 10 percent in restaurants for good service.

International dialling code: +34. There are city and area codes used internally, e.g. (0)93 for Barcelona and (0)91 for Madrid.

Emergency numbers: 112 or 061

Internet TLD: .es

Drives on the: Right

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