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Information about Andorra
Andorra, officially the Principality of Andorra, also called the Principality of the Valleys of Andorra, is a small landlocked country in western Europe, located in the eastern Pyrenees mountains and bordered by Spain and France. Once isolated, it is currently a prosperous country mainly because of tourism and its status as a tax haven. Andorra is the sixth smallest nation in Europe. It consists of seven parishes: Andorra la Vella, Canillo, Encamp, Es...caldes-Engordany, La Massana, Ordino, Sant Julià de Lòria.
Andorra is a parliamentary co-principality with the President of France and the Bishop of Urgell, Spain, as co-princes, in a duumvirate.
Andorra is not a member of the European Union, but enjoys a special relationship with it, such as being treated as an EU member for trade in manufactured goods (no tariffs) and as a non-EU member for agricultural products.
Tourism, the mainstay of Andorra's tiny, well-to-do economy, accounts for roughly 80% of GDP. An estimated 9 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 adjoining France and Spain have been opened up, providing broader availability of goods and lower tariffs.
Andorra la Vella
Andorra la Vella is the capital of the Co-principality of Andorra, and is located high in the east Pyrenees between France and Spain. It is also the name of the parish that surrounds it. The town of Santa Coloma is located in the province. The principal industry is tourism, although the country also earns foreign income from being a tax-haven. Furniture and brandies are local products.
Les Escaldes (also, Escaldes; Spanish: Las Escaldas and Escaldas) is an area in Escaldes-Engordany parish, Andorra. It is located near the nation's capital, Andorra La Vella.
Encamp is one of the parishes of Andorra, located on the Riu Valira d'Orient, and connected by a 6.2-km-long cable car to Lake Engolasters. It is also the name of a town in the parish. Other localities include Vila, El pas de la Casa, Grau Roig , el Tremat, la Mosquera and Les Bons. As of 2004, it has about 11,800 inhabitants. The center of the municipality lies 1,300 meters above sea level. The highest mountain in the parish is Pic des Pessons (2,865 m (9,400 ft)). A road tunnel is being built between Encamp and Anyós in the neighbouring parish of La Massana, and when it is open in 2010 it is expected to cut journey times from the current 30-45 minutes to 5 minutes.
Sant Julià de Lòria
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