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Andorra is a European country on the southern peaks of the Pyrenees Mountains, bounded by France and Spain.
Symbols on the Flag
In 1278, the bishop of Urgel (now in Spain) and the count of Foix (now in France) had joint jurisdiction over Andorra. Therefore, the flag incorporates symbols from both countries.
[Image: Flag of Andorra]
Area: 181 mi² (468 km²)
Population: 78,300 (2021 est.)
Capital: Andorra la Vella
Currency: Euro (although not a member of the EU)
Andorra consists of a cluster of mountain valleys whose streams unite to form the Valira River. The valley was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2004.
[Image: Map of Andorra]
Xavier Espot Zamora is Andorra’s current Prime Minister and has served since 2019.
Hocine Haciane is Andorra’s most famous swimmer. He was the flag bearer at multiple Olympic games.
[Images: Xavier Espot Zamora, Hocine Haciane]
Food + Culture
In Andorra, snails are often oven-roasted and eaten with olive oil, salt and aioli or a paprika-infused vinaigrette. The people of Andorra celebrate their National Day, September 8th, by honoring their patron saint, Our Lady of Meritxell.
[Images: oven-roasted snails dish; kids celebrating National Day]