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Careers, Jobs and Education Resources for: Andorra

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For 715 years, from 1278 to 1993, Andorrans lived under a unique co-principality, ruled by French and Spanish leaders (from 1607 onward, the French chief of state and the Spanish bishop of Urgel). In 1993, this feudal system was modified with the titular heads of state retained, but the government transformed into a parliamentary democracy. Long isolated and impoverished, mountainous Andorra achieved considerable prosperity since World War II through its tourist industry. Many immigrants (legal and illegal) are attracted to the thriving economy with its lack of income taxes. (from the CIA)


Economic Overview

Tourism, the mainstay of andorra's tiny, well-to-do economy, accounts for more than 80% of gdp. an estimated 11.6 million tourists visit annually, attracted by andorra's duty-free status and by its summer and winter resorts. andorra's comparative advantage has recently eroded as the economies of neighboring france and spain have been opened up, providing broader availability of goods and lower tariffs. the banking sector, with its partial "tax haven" status, also contributes substantially to the economy. agricultural production is limited - only 2% of the land is arable - and most food has to be imported. the principal livestock activity is sheep raising. manufacturing output consists mainly of cigarettes, cigars, and furniture. andorra is a member of the eu customs union and is treated as an eu member for trade in manufactured goods (no tariffs) and as a non-eu member for agricultural products.

Environmental Issues

Deforestation; overgrazing of mountain meadows contributes to soil erosion; air pollution; wastewater treatment and solid waste disposal

Government Type

Parliamentary democracy (since march 1993) that retains as its chiefs of state a coprincipality; the two princes are the president of france and bishop of seo de urgel, spain, who are represented locally by coprinces' representatives


82,627 (july 2008 est.)


Southwestern europe, between france and spain


Total: 468 sq km land: 468 sq km water: 0 sq km

2.5 times the size of washington, dc

Country Aliases

Conventional long form: principality of andorra conventional short form: andorra local long form: principat d'andorra local short form: andorra


Name: andorra la vella geographic coordinates: 42 30 n, 1 31 e time difference: utc+1 (6 hours ahead of washington, dc during standard time) daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last sunday in march; ends last sunday in october

International Disputes


Sources: Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)

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