Spain (Spanish: España), officially the Kingdom of Spain (Spanish: Reino de España), is a member state of the European Union located in southwestern Europe on the Iberian Peninsula. With an area of 504,030 km², Spain is the second largest country in Western Europe and the European Union after France.

Because of its location, the territory of Spain was subject to many external influences, often simultaneously, since prehistoric times, and through the dawn of Spain as a country. Conversely, the country itself has been an important source of influence to other regions when it became a global empire that has left a legacy of over 400 million Spanish speakers today.

Spain is a democracy organised in the form of a parliamentary government under a constitutional monarchy. It is a developed country with the ninth or tenth largest economy by nominal GDP, and high living standards (Spain has the 15th highest HDI). It is a member of the United Nations, European Union, NATO, OECD, and WTO.

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General information
  • Spain - from Encyclopaedia Britannica
  • Country Briefing - from Economist
  • Spain - from The World Factbook
  • Spain - from the United States Department of State

Adapted from the Wikipedia article, "Spain", used under the GNU Free Documentation License.