About Spain


Spain is located in southwestern Europe and comprises about 84 percent of the Iberian Peninsula. Of Spain's boundaries, 88 percent is water and 12 percent is land. The Cantabrian Sea (Bay of Biscay) is to the north, the Mediterranean Sea and the Balearic Sea to the south-southeast, Portugal and the North Atlantic Ocean to the west, and France and Andorra to the northeast along the Pyrenees Mountains. 

Official Name: Spain/Kingdom of Spain
Area: Total 504,030 km² (195,364 sq. miles) 
Lowest point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m 
Highest point: Pico de Teide (Tenerife) on Canary Islands 3,718 m

Capital: Madrid 
Currency: Euro (EUR) (used to be pesetas 1.000 pts = 6 ?)
Official language: Spanish 
Time zone: CET4 (UTC+1); CEST (UTC+2)
Dialing Code: +34
Internet top-level domain (TLD): .es
Emergency services: 112

Days of sunshine per year: over 300
Average temperatures: 18° C - 30° C (64° F - 86° F) 
Blue flag beaches: 499 

Main International Airports: Madrid (MAD), Barcelona (BCN), Malaga (AGP), Son Sant Joan Airport (PMI), Gran Canaria Airport (LPA) 

Ports and terminals: Algeciras, Barcelona, Cartagena, Gijon, Huelva, La Coruna, Tarragona, Valencia

Religions: Roman Catholic 94%, other 6% 

Government: Parliamentary democracy 
President: Mariano Rajoy 
Monarch: King Juan Carlos I
National holiday: National Day, 12 October (1492); year when Columbus first set foot in the Americas

Population: 45,116,894 (2007) 
Population density: 79 people/km² 
Gross Domestic Product (GDP): Total est. $ 1.224 trillion (2006) Per capita $27,767
Human Development Index (HDI): 0.949 (high) (2005) 

Business hours:

Offices: Monday - Friday (09:00 - 14:00; 17:00 – 20:00)
Banks: Monday - Friday (08:30 - 13:30)
Shops: Monday - Saturday (09:00 - 14:00; 17:00 – 20:00/21:00)
Big shopping centers: Monday – Saturday (10:00 – 21:00/22:00)

Most major credit cards are widely used and accepted.

Conference Venue
The University of Barcelona (Universidad de Barcelona) is a public university located in the city of Barcelona, Catalonia in Spain.