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Spain

Spain Government Stats

Summary:

Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy came to power at a time of economic crisis

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  • Administrative divisions: This entry generally gives the numbers, designatory terms, and first-order administrative divisions as approved by the US Board on Geographic Names (BGN). Changes that have been reported but not yet acted on by BGN are noted.
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STAT AMOUNT DATE RANK HISTORY
Administrative divisions 17 autonomous communities (comunidades autonomas, singular - comunidad autonoma) and 2 autonomous cities* (ciudades autonomas, singular - ciudad autonoma); Andalucia; Aragon; Asturias; Ceuta*; Canarias (Canary Islands); Cantabria; Castilla-La Mancha; Castilla y Leon; Cataluna (Castilian), Catalunya (Catalan), Catalonha (Aranese) [Catalonia]; Comunidad Valenciana (Castilian), Comunitat Valenciana (Valencian) [Valencian Community]; Extremadura; Galicia; Illes Baleares (Balearic Islands); La Rioja; Madrid; Melilla*; Murcia; Navarra (Castilian), Nafarroa (Basque) [Navarre]; Pais Vasco (Castilian), Euskadi (Basque) [Basque Country] 2013
Capital city > Geographic coordinates 40 24 N, 3 41 W 2008
Constitution previous 1812; latest approved by legislature 31 October 1978, passed by referendum 6 December 1978, signed by the king 27 December 1978, effective 29 December 1978; amended 1992, 2011 2013
Country name > Conventional short form Spain 2013
Diplomatic representation from the US > Mailing address PSC 61, APO AE 09642 2013
Executive branch > Cabinet Council of Ministers designated by the president 2013
Flag description three horizontal bands of red (top), yellow (double width), and red with the national coat of arms on the hoist side of the yellow band; the coat of arms is quartered to display the emblems of the traditional kingdoms of Spain (clockwise from upper left, Castile, Leon, Navarre, and Aragon) while Granada is represented by the stylized pomegranate at the bottom of the shield; the arms are framed by two columns representing the Pillars of Hercules, which are the two promontories (Gibraltar and Ceuta) on either side of the eastern end of the Strait of Gibraltar; the red scroll across the two columns bears the imperial motto of "Plus Ultra" (further beyond) referring to Spanish lands beyond Europe; the triband arrangement with the center stripe twice the width of the outer dates to the 18th century 2013
Government type parliamentary monarchy 2013
Independence 1492; the Iberian peninsula was characterized by a variety of independent kingdoms prior to the Muslim occupation that began in the early 8th century A.D. and lasted nearly seven centuries; the small Christian redoubts of the north began the reconquest almost immediately, culminating in the seizure of Granada in 1492; this event completed the unification of several kingdoms and is traditionally considered the forging of present-day Spain 2013
Judicial branch Supreme Court or Tribunal Supremo; Constitutional Court or Tribunal Constitucioanal de Espana 2012
Legal system civil law system with regional variations 2013
Legislative branch bicameral; General Courts or National Assembly or Las Cortes Generales consists of the Senate or Senado (264 seats as of 2008; 208 members directly elected by popular vote and the other 56 - as of 2008 - appointed by the regional legislatures; to serve four-year terms) and the Congress of Deputies or Congreso de los Diputados (350 seats; each of the 50 electoral provinces fills a minimum of two seats and the North African enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla fill one seat each with members serving a four-year term; the other 248 members are determined by proportional representation based on popular vote on block lists who serve four-year terms) 2008
Political parties and leaders Amaiur [collective leadership] (a coalition of parties advocating the peaceful Basque independence from Spain)<br />Basque Nationalist Party or PNV or EAJ [Inigo URKULLU Renteria]<br />Canarian Coalition or CC [Claudina MORALES Rodriquez] (a coalition of five parties)<br />Convergence and Union or CiU [Artur MAS i Gavarro] (a coalition of the Democratic Convergence of Catalonia or CDC [Artur MAS i Gavarro] and the Democratic Union of Catalonia or UDC [Josep Antoni DURAN i LLEIDA])<br />Entesa Catalonia de Progress (a Senate coalition grouping four Catalan parties - PSC, ERC, ICV, EUA)<br />Galician Nationalist Bloc or BNG [Guillerme VAZQUEZ Vazquez]<br />Initiative for Catalonia Greens or ICV [Joan HERRERA i Torres]<br />Yes to the Future or Geroa Bai [collective leadership] (a coalition of four Navarran parties)<br />Popular Party or PP [Mariano RAJOY Brey]<br />Republican Left of Catalonia or ERC [Oriol JUNQUERAS i Vies]<br />Spanish Socialist Workers Party or PSOE [Alfredo PEREZ Rubalcaba]<br />Union of People of Navarra or UPN [Yolanda BARCINA Angulo]<br />Union, Progress and Democracy or UPyD [Rosa DIEZ Gonzalez]<br />United Left or IU [Cayo LARA Moya] (a coalition of parties including the Communist Party of Spain or PCE and other small parties) 2013
Political pressure groups and leaders Association for Victims of Terrorism or AVT (grassroots organization devoted primarily to supporting victims of the Basque Fatherland and Liberty (ETA) terrorist organization)<br />15-M or 15 May protest movement, which is also known as the Indignados, Spanish for the "indignant ones" (a loose association of grassroots organizations that advocate for greater accountability and transparency in Spanish politics, increased social justice and job creation)<br />Socialist General Union of Workers or UGT and the smaller independent Workers Syndical Union or USO<br />Trade Union Confederation of Workers' Commissions or CC.OO.<br />the smaller independent Workers Syndical Union or USO<br /><br /><strong>other:</strong> business and landowning interests; Catholic Church; free labor unions (authorized in April 1977); university students 2013
Suffrage 18 years of age; universal 2013

SOURCES: CIA World Factbooks 18 December 2003 to 28 March 2011; CIA World Factbooks 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013

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